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nland surf park

austin, texas


dwg. served as the lead designer and landscape architect for NLand Surf Park, the only inland surfing destination of its kind in North America. The surf park lagoon features Wavegarden technology, which creates 300 distinct waves per hour suitable for surfers of all levels, from novices to world-class competitors. The park additionally features a restaurant and surf shop for surfers and spectators.

The park is carefully designed to tread lightly on the land and its resources, especially water. The wave lagoon is operated using only rainwater, even during challenging drought conditions, which for a project of this size and type is unprecedented. dwg.'s lead design role, and detailed coordination with civil engineer, was critical to achieve a careful balance of site design, cut and fill, hydrology and landscape infrastructure on the property that exemplified low impact design philosophies of maximizing storm water management and harvesting.

dwg. performed preliminary site studies to understand vegetative zones, habitats, and to identify significant trees to be preserved. The design minimizes the impact of site disturbance limiting cut / fill boundaries, which preserves existing trees, understory and ground vegetation. dwg. preserved the native, rich soil by stockpiling the existing topsoil, which maintains naturally occurring seed stock of native grasses and wildflowers. Our team utilized native and adaptive plant species and incorporated materials from local and natural sources. The design additionally limits the areas with permanent irrigation and sourced water for these areas from harvested rainwater.

Photos courtesy NLand


  • Client: NLand Surf Park
  • Project Manager: Rider Levett Bucknall
  • Interior Architect: Laukgroup
  • Architects: LEVY, OPA
  • Civil Engineer: KBGE
  • Wave Specialists: Wavegarden
  • General Contractor: White Construction
  • Landscape Contractor: Greater Texas Landscapes