14-acre surf park to open in Del Valle after legal fight

People testing the new NLand Surf Park, which is still under construction July 12, 2016 (KXAN Photo/Kylie McGivern)
People testing the new NLand Surf Park, which is still under construction July 12, 2016 (KXAN Photo/Kylie McGivern)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The NLand Surf Park, billed as North America’s first surf park, will finally open this week, following a months-long legal standoff with Travis County officials.

Surfers will be able to ride the waves for the first time on Friday at the park, located at 5836 East Highway 71 in Del Valle.

The Travis County Commissioners Court approved a temporary injunction that allows the park to operate as long as it maintains a safe water quality, as determined by the county.

The county says they sued the surf park in July 2016 to prevent the park for opening its pool without meeting the minimum requirements of a public pool under state law. The park argued its lagoon, a 14-acre body of water, could not be held to the same standards of a community swimming pool. The park responded by suing the county, claiming they were being treated differently than similar businesses like Quest ATX and Next Live Ride Austin, both cable-based wakeboard water parks.

The county said the debate is whether the roughly nine-football field large lagoon should be treated differently from other pools because of its “unique characteristics,” like being filled with 11 million gallons of rainwater runoff.

During their “warm-up period,” the park says they’ll be open Mondays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The company says surf passes range from $60 to $90 for a one-hour session. Coaching sessions and clinics range from $65 to $190 for a 90-minute session. A softboard is included in the price of surf passes and training sessions.

If you just want to watch — not surf — shore passes are $5.

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