A Surf Ranch for Austin, Texas?
Earlier today, it was revealed that Doug Coors, beer guy, had sold the wave pool he opened two years ago to a company called Tumbleweed Opco, a Delaware-registered LLC in care of Kelly Slater Wave Co on December 28, a company formed only two weeks earlier.
A very good sell for Coors, and a good buy for the KS Wave Co. Coors gets to shake his fur and take off back to Denver, Colorado, where he lives, and the Slater Wave Co, which is owned by the WSL, gets 160 acres of pool with accompanying beer barn to retrofit with Kelly’s superior pool technology.
The pool, I think, had been a monstrous headache for Coors ever since he floated the idea with the local burghers.
(Read, Broil: NLand Surf Park vs Travis County for background.)
And, you might remember the rumour floating around a month ago, that the park was going to be closed until 2020, the smart money being on this theory: NLand was losing steam to BSR and the investors made the call to throw their cash at new technology, either remodelling the old design into the newer, more American Wave Machine-ish Cove or overhauling the original machine to “make it more compelling.”
That ol Wavegarden foil gets thrown in the dumpster and in swoops Surf Ranch?
Why, it’ll make the entire state of Texas hush in awe and respect!