BSR Cable Park Surf Ranch, Texas
Location: Waco, Texas, about 1 hour and 30 minutes from either Dallas or Austin
The Setup: Barefoot Ski Ranch in Waco is a wakeboarding water park in which powerful cables pull you across the lake instead of boats. But currently under construction beside the wakeboard lagoon is the Surf Ranch, a huge beach-style wave pool built by American Wave Machines. With strong endorsements — and design input — from top pros Jamie O’Brien and Cheyne Magnusson, it’s slated to open to the public in late fall of 2017.
The Technology: American Wave Machines calls its technology “Perfect Swell” and it claims it emulates the same circular particle motion that real waves do. The model is certainly convincing, as air chambers pump out swell toward a beach in all directions, with no sidewalls. This will be the first American Wave Machines pool in America and the biggest yet.
The Wave: Based on the models, this is the only wave that seems to pump out a central swell that breaks both directions, and with very little refraction. AWM claims it can modify height of the wave, frequency, and direction with an iPad, and the wave can be everything from a hollow barrel to a mushy roller.
Surf It: TBD; bsrcablepark.com
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