What happened when Fit City tried the intermediate wave at NLand Surf Park?

NLand Surf Park has made some changes after problems with a leaky liner last year. Photo by Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman

If you haven’t been to NLand Surf Park yet this summer, expect some changes.

The liner at the bottom of the park’s lagoon started leaking at the end of last season, after fins on the underside of surfboards scraped it up. Crews added a reinforced mat, reconfigured berms around the edges of the man-made lake, and added some shade structures along the perimeter.

It took a few tries, but I managed to get up on the medium wave. Photo by Chris LeBlanc

So yes, the place looks different. The water flows around the lagoon differently too. That’s by design, to lessen the impact of wave action.

I visited NLand a few times last year, testing out the beginner wave. This past weekend I made the trip to the park again, and graduated to the intermediate wave.

In a nutshell? Wheeee!

A boardwalk bisects the lagoon at the NLand Surf Park. A huge metal foil glides up and down the waterway, creating a consistent wave with each pass. Depending on where you catch what rolls off, you can ride a beginner-friendly wave, a slightly larger intermediate wave, or the big kahuna.

t took a few tries, but I got my body position right and felt pretty comfortable on the medium wave. The biggest difference? More waves to catch, because instead of starting at one end of the lagoon and catching every other wave, I started in the middle and caught (or attempted to catch) every one.

I fell off a few times too. Photo by Chris LeBlanc

I’m stoked. Now I want to learn to surf for real. I’ve made the executive decision to attend an all-women’s surf camp in Nicaragua called Surf With Amigas next summer.

For more information about NLand Surf Park, go here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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