Article by Dashel Pierson Jun 23rd, 2022
My first thought was: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
I’ve never even seen the movie, but that was the prevailing, somewhat unsettling feeling I got as I approached Waco Surf (née BSR Cable Park). Middle of nowhere. Creepy old shacks dotting vast Texas wilderness. The occasional overalls-wearing, tobacco-chewing farmhand side-eying us city folk as we kicked up dust in a flashy green Audi.
Leatherface must be around the next corner, I thought, chainsaw roaring in hand.
But this is a new era: the dawn of wavepools, and manmade surf spots are popping up everywhere like beginners at Waikiki, often in highly unusual places. Kelly’s wave in Lemoore, CA, is 100 miles from the beach in Cow Country, there’s one beneath the snow-topped Matterhorn in Switzerland, and this one – an oasis of artificial surf, waterslides, and lazy rivers – is tucked away deep in the heart of Texas.