World Surf League buys NLand Surf Park
Over the weekend news broke that the Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC), operating under the guise of a subsidiary, has bought NLand Surf Park in Texas. The park was owned by Doug Coors, scion of the Colorado brewing company of the same name.
NLand, if you're not aware, was running the Wavegarden technology, but that will be pulled out and scrapped, replaced by the KSWC hull and train.
KSWC are owned by the World Surf League who released the following confirmation: “The World Surf League has acquired land and assets from NLand in Austin, Texas. Additional information will be made available at the appropriate time.”
The NLand pool is much wider than Lemoore, it can run a right and left simultaneously, so we can assume that KSWC will do likewise.
The news may mean little to Australian readers though it gives us a glimpse of the future. Doug Coors, much like Dirk Ziff, was raised far from the beach, but in adulthood he developed a fascination with surfing and had the resources to bankroll an artifical version of surfing as he understood it.
Meanwhile, KSWC is currently scouting for similar opportunities on the southern end of the Gold Coast. The difference in our case being that Ziff will be gifted the land by local government to create a Public Private Partnership that will benefit Australian surfers - or so we'll be told.