When all is said and done, Texas may become a surf mecca. Half a dozen companies have expressed interest in building surf-related attractions. From small wave-making machines in a swimming pool to expansive lagoons with multiple waves accomodating dozens of surfers at once. And now, Austin is in the mix, thanks to an Australian-based surfpark developer.
The Austin Business Journal reports Aventuur has secured the exclusive rights to develop an Austin park using the wave-generating technology of Spain-based Wavegarden SL. The company made a similar splash in Dallas a few months ago.
Aventuur aims to have 5.5-acre surfing lagoons that are part of wider mixed-use developments — a total of about 20 acres, with room for retail and recreation.
Each destination would cost between $50 million and $100 million. The surf parks could include hospitality, retail and residential elements, such as cafes, restaurants, beach clubs, hotels and lodging, fitness studios and event facilities.
Another company, Surf Lakes, has outlined a goal to develop its own surf park in Austin.
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