A new surf park that delivers customizable waves up to 8 feet tall opens to the public near Waco on Saturday.
BSR Surf Resort, the latest expansion of the BSR Cable Park northeast of Waco, uses an air-powered system to mimic ocean waves whose strength and timing can be adjusted.
It becomes the second major surf park in Central Texas, and just the third in the country, along with NLand Surf Park, built east of Austin by Coors beer scion Doug Coors, and pro surfer Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in California, which hosted a World Surf League competition last week.
The Waco park uses different wave-making technology than NLand Surf Park, which opened in October 2016.
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At BSR Surf Resort, waves roll out in sets of three, with each wave spaced about 5 seconds apart and a new trio every 45 seconds. At NLand Surf Park, a wave-making “foil” delivers a single wave every 2 minutes. The waves at BSR last just 12 to 14 seconds, though, less than the waves at NLand.
Mike Klein, a board member of the Austin Surf Club who moved to Austin from Newport Beach, California, spent Thursday and Friday surfing at the new park as part of a sneak preview for season pass holders.
“This wave’s got way more power, and it’s more like an ocean wave in terms of catching it and how it acts,” Klein said. “It’s the most natural artificial wave that’s been built.”
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The new park uses wave-making technology by California-based American Wave Machines.
“It can change sequence, power and timing to create any type of wave you can imagine,” Klein said. “At the other pools, it’s the same wave over and over again.”
BSR Surf Resort will offer beginner, intermediate and advanced waves, but caters to more advanced surfers.
“It’s night and day for surfing, and it’s very challenging even for myself,” Klein said. “It’s something like you’d find in Hawaii – a very powerful wave not for the average surfer.”
“Part of the cool thing about surfing is the unpredictability, and how a surfer adapts and makes off-the-hip decisions. This feels more like an ocean setting, with a sandy beach that wraps around the outside, a swim-up pool and bar, and they’re building a huge surf shop,” Klein said.
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BSR Surf Resort is the newest attraction at a complex northeast of Waco that also includes a wakeboard cable park, a huge waterslide called the Royal Flush, and what’s billed as the world’s longest lazy river for tubing.
Barefoot Ski Ranch Cable Park and Resort is located at 5347 Old Mexia Road near Waco. Park hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Surfing costs $60 an one hour, an includes a surfboard. Private and group lessons are available. For more information or to book a session call (254) 227-6388 or go to http://www.bsrcablepark.com.