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04 Oct, 2016

First U.S. Wavegarden Opens This Friday

04 Oct, 2016

October 7th, 2016 the world’s second Surf Park and the first on American soil will open its doors in Austin, Texas. Friday will also be a monumental day for Honokea, as Nland Surf was our first project, and we are very proud to see our dream come to life....

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16 Sep, 2016

Wave Pools and a New Surf Learning Curve

16 Sep, 2016

Two weeks ago, we got our first glimpse of the new Wavegarden installation in Austin, Texas. This week they released a couple more video clips to drool over. The park may not be open yet, as the owner (The Coors family) has yet to settle a permitting dispute with Travis...

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09 Sep, 2016

Surfing Saves You $2,500 a Year

09 Sep, 2016

We all know that surfing, and other forms of exercise, are great for mind and body, but until now there wasn’t an actual dollar amount to quantify this fact. A new study published by the American Heart Association and featured in the New York Times, has found that regular...

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06 Sep, 2016

Nland Surf Featured in the New York Times

06 Sep, 2016

Here are the first official glimpses of the Austin project that we started back in 2013, as seen in the New York Times. Feels great to see something we dreamed up actually come to life. We chose Austin after doing extensive market research on every major city in the...

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24 Aug, 2016

How Much is a Wave Worth?

24 Aug, 2016

The idea of assigning a dollar value to a surf spot is relatively new. Surfrider CEO Chad Nelson started ‘Surfonomics’ in 2002, which tackled this subject in hopes to protect existing surf spots by proving to local governments how much money they bring into the local economy. Oxford University...

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05 Jul, 2016

First Hand: Family Surf Trip to Surf Snowdonia

05 Jul, 2016

Surf Snowdonia, located in Northern Wales on England’s West coast, is the world’s first and only true surf park. Built on the site of an old steel mill in the village of Dolgarrog, which sits on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, the site features a Wavegarden Surf...

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25 May, 2016

Wave Pools: Artificial is now a reality

25 May, 2016

  Great to see so much wave pool talk in the media this week thanks to an announcement that Kelly Slater Wave Co was acquired by the World Surf League, professional surfing’s governing body. There were multiple media outlets covering the story (like Bloomberg here), and the Today Show’s Natalie Morales was...

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06 Apr, 2016

First Wavegarden Project announced in Australia

06 Apr, 2016

Great news out of Australia today, the first Wavegarden project down under has been announced, URBNsurf in Melbourne. We had the pleasure of spending some time with URBNsurf’s CEO Andrew Ross and his wonderful family a few years back in Hawaii. We got to know Andrew through our mutual...

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05 Apr, 2016

Which came first? The chicken or the egg— NLand Surf Park as the bell cow for a new development corridor and community and place-making/urban planning model for East Austin

05 Apr, 2016

During the Honokea team’s year-long stint in Austin, TX, putting the NLand project together from scratch, one of the biggest decisions to be made was obviously where to build it. Given the geographical layout of Austin, and the amount of available & flat land, it was clear that our...

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28 Dec, 2015

Look Back: First trip to Wavegarden Spain in 2011

28 Dec, 2015

The year was 2011. A mysterious video appears on the internet from a Spanish company calling themselves ‘Wavegarden’. The video shows a misty mountain valley, not a breath of wind disturbs the mirror-glass lake shown in frame, when the unthinkable happens: a perfect wave appears and peels in trance-inducing...

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