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Construction of BSR and American Wave Machines’ surf park in Waco Texas is coming along swimmingly. Photo: BSR Cable Park/Facebook

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There’s something about Texas, apparently. If all goes according to schedule, the United States’ second commercial surf park may open less than 2 hours in a straight shot north up I-35 from its first – Austin’s NLand Surf Park. As we reported in October 2016, it’s all going down in Waco, a place that’s most famous for being the setting of Chip and Joanna Gaines HGTV smash Fixer Upper.

Barefoot Ski Ranch, that already operates a wakeboard cable park, a waterslide and the world’s largest lazy river on site announced on Facebook Sunday that construction of its surf park addition – in partnership with San Diego-based American Wave Machines – is coming along swimmingly.

“The structure of the wave machine is complete,” said BSR in a post. “All pumps are set. We have a few more things to install inside the chambers and the electrical has started. We will start the roof over the pumps this week. 1/2 of the liner has came in (sic). The rest will be next week. All the dirt you see will be all white with a sidewalk around the entire resort. We are close to starting our proshop. The pool company came out last week to get the plans started on our zero edge pool with swim up bar overlooking the whole lake. We have had a few weather delays so we are looking at end of March first of April. It will be amazing when complete. We will invite our season pass holders to help fine tune all waves.”


Actual images from above – not artist renderings or scale models – tantalize and cause us to wonder what sort of waves this American Wave Machines tech will be able to produce once the surf park is fully operational come March or April. There’s little indication how much it’ll cost to ride per session, but according to the post at time of publication there were seven remaining $999 season passes available to scoop up.


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