NLand Surf Park closes temporarily for lagoon fix

NLand Surf Park in Del Valle is closed while operators try to fix a problem in the man-made, plastic-lined lagoon. (Erich Schlegel/Special Contributor)
NLand Surf Park in Del Valle is closed while operators try to fix a problem in the man-made, plastic-lined lagoon. (Erich Schlegel/Special Contributor)

 

If you want to hang 10 at the world’s biggest inland surf park, you’ll have to wait until next week.

The park opened last month east of Austin.  (Erich Schlegel/Special Contributor)
The park opened last month east of Austin. (Erich Schlegel/Special Contributor)

NLand Surf Park will remain closed through Nov. 8 while operators try to fix a problem in the plastic-lined, man-made lagoon, said park spokesman Chris Jones.

“On Saturday, we discovered some damage under the lagoon and are making some repairs,” Jones said.

The park opened to great fanfare east of Austin last month. Visitors pay $60 to $90 to ride one of three different sized waves created by a metal foil that runs beneath a pier that bisects the lake. On Monday, crews drained that lagoon, which covers an area the size of nine football fields.

To read more about what it’s like to surf at the park, go here.

 

At Texas Book Festival, kayak, bike, run or practice yoga with authors

2015 Texas Book Festival Sunday For Book Festival use only, please call Bob Daemmrich 512-469-9700 for other uses.
2015 Texas Book Festival Sunday For Book Festival use only, please call Bob Daemmrich 512-469-9700 for other uses.

Books and bikes go together like, well, paper and pen.

So do books and kayaks, books and yoga, and books and running.

Kudos to the Texas Book Festival, which unfolds this weekend in downtown Austin, for providing cool ways for readers to interact with their favorite authors.

At this year’s festival, the public can join featured authors for a downtown bike ride, a yoga session on the Capitol lawn, a paddle on Lady Bird Lake or a run on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail.

Saturday 2015 Texas Book Festival 10-17-2015 For Book Festival use only, please call Bob Daemmrich staff 512-469-9700 for other uses. Photos by Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Book Festival.
Saturday 2015 Texas Book Festival 10-17-2015 For Book Festival use only, please call Bob Daemmrich staff 512-469-9700 for other uses.
Photos by Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Book Festival.

All the activities are free.

To sign up for the sessions, go to http://www.texasbookfestival.org/yoga-kayak-bike-run-with-the-authors/. For more information call the book festival office at 512-477-4055.

Here’s the lineup:

  • Yoga – 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5; meet on the Capitol lawn near 11th Street at Congress Avenue. Class led by Modo Yoga instructors. A limited number of mats are available, or bring your own. Participating authors include Bethany Hegedus and Allison Amend.
  • Kayak – 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5; meet at Congress Kayaks, 74 Trinity Street. Kayaks provided by Congress Kayaks. Participating authors include Julissa Arce, Sam Gwynne, Maya Perez, Laura Tillman, Amanda Ward, Juli Berwald, Kwame Alexander, J. Scott Brownlee, Jonathan Ogren, Xavier Garza, Kekla Magoon, Miriam Horn and Ruth Chan.
  • Bike – 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6; meet at BCycle station at 11th Street and Congress Avenue. Bring your own bike or rent one from BCycle for a discounted rate of $4. Participating authors include Maya Perez, Kwame Alexander, Julissa Arce, Xavier Garza, Miriam Horn, Ruth Chan, HW Brands and Larry Wright.
  • Run – 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6; meet at southwest corner of Congress Avenue and Cesar Chavez Street. Three miles at conversation pace. Participating authors include Jonathan Ogren, Kevin Smokler, Richard Gonzales and Allison Amend.