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Imagine a white sand beach, hot temperatures, crystal blue 85-degree water, and GUARANTEED barrels for everyone...and we mean GUARANTEED! Oh, and how about world class barbecue, and tipping back a few with the crew post-session without leaving the USA, and just a 2 ½ hour flight or less away (or a couple days drive) from anywhere in the Continental USA? We’ve got the answer!
WHAT: BSR Wave Pool outside of Waco, Texas. One of the world’s premiere man-made waves. You’ll session in a group of 9 riders, each taking turns riding super-fun barrels in warm water. There are ramps, wedges, and even the “freak peak”. 6 ½ hours of riding time over 2 days.
WHEN: Arrival date is Sunday, September 6th. Riding days are Monday, 7th and Tuesday, 8th. You can fly out as soon as Tuesday evening, but we recommend sticking around Tuesday afternoon to enjoy the rest of BSR Surf Resort. We’ll have a welcome meal at Rudy’s Barbecue Sunday evening at 6pm and brief everyone.
We’ll be at the park pretty much all day on Labor Day, and afterward possibly hit up some more BBQ and drinks. Tuesday will be morning surf, and afternoon fun at BSR including the slides, lazy river and wakeboard cable lake!
WHO: There will be two groups of 9 riders who will alternate 1 hour sessions. Former pro bodyboarders Jay and Vicki Reale are your guides and will be surfing in one of the groups.
We’ll have a photographer to capture the action. We encourage you to bring your family, but only you can surf during our private sessions. You can book a public session for someone else traveling with you on the BSR website.
WHERE: You will fly into either Austin or Dallas, rent a car and drive to Waco. The drive is about 1 hour and 45 minutes from either city. Book a hotel in Waco. We recommend the Home2Suites by Hilton in Waco. Free breakfast and a variety of room options and close to our favorite Waco BBQ joint- Rudy’s! Tons of options and airfare is cheap (we paid $51 ROUND TRIP from LAX to Austin). The wave pool is about 25 minutes drive from downtown Waco. HOW MUCH:Pricing: $1,200 per person if you pay via either Venmo to @jay-reale or using the FRIENDS AND FAMILY option via PayPal to email@example.com (does not include airfare, hotel, meals or rental car), full payment due immediately to secure your spot! Only 16 spots available! THE DETAILS: The Barefoot Ski Ranch Surf Resort outside of Waco, Texas (aka BSR) is widely regarded as one of the premier wave pools on the planet! Check the blog and video of our 2019 trip below. https://www.ebodyboarding.com/blogs/bodyboarding-travel/bodyboarding-at-the-bsr-surf-resort-wave-pool
BSR’s wave pool produces super-fun beachbreak style waves, both rights and lefts, that offer barrels, air sections and, in the ON DEMAND mode, everything from an insane wedge to the infamous “Freak Peak”.
-Monday, September 7th:
*10am-2pm: EXPERT WAVE (each group of 9 gets 2 hours)
*2pm-6pm: WAVES ON DEMAND (each group of 9 gets 2 hours)
-Tuesday, September 8th:
*7am-10am: WAVES ON DEMAND (each group of 9 gets 90 minutes)
*11am-1pm: EXPERT WAVE (each group of 9 gets 1 hour)
There will be 9 riders in your session.
The EXPERT WAVE produces a 3-wave set that’s about a 5-foot face at the beginning. The wave lasts about 8 or 9 seconds. There is about 45 seconds between 3-wave sets. The first 30 minutes, you’ll go right. You’ll be in groups of 3, so each rider will get a wave in the set. Then, the next group of three gets the next set, and so on. After 30 minutes, you’ll switch to lefts and repeat. The Expert wave has an easy takeoff that barrels pretty quickly. You can stall, hit a lip move, or race to the second section and again, there’s a barrel, lip to hit, or just throw a big cutback. You can just stall and get barreled the entire length of the wave if you want, or you can just go for one big move. You’ll get about 15-16 waves per hour. Don't be intimidated by the word "expert" if you're just an average bodyboarder. If you can catch a wave and hold an edge, you can ride this setting no problem.
The WAVES ON DEMAND produces 1 wave at a time for most of the options available which include the Waco Wedge (my favorite), the Freak Peak, and the Double Barrel (a very fast wave!) There’s about 45 seconds between each wave, so each person gets less rides during this session, but it’s an absolute thrill! We can literally change the wave “ON DEMAND”.
-Refund policy: Here’s what we’ll refund for- *Shut down of the park on the day of our sessions. *Shut down of air travel due to government orders. *Travel restriction imposed for travel from Southern California to Texas for some reason. *The park cancels our session for any reason. *Vicki and/or Jay can’t make it for some reason. *We don’t fill enough slots to cover the fees we’ve paid to the park.
Here’s what we won’t refund for- *You got sick, injured, laid off, decided you didn’t want to go, etc. right before the trip or during the trip. *You missed your flight. *You overslept on the day of our session or didn't make it to the park for some reason and missed our session.
If you book, and later decide not to come, you are welcome to sell your slot to someone else as long as they are not a jackass! This is a bodyboarding trip, so we are catering it to bodyboarders, so keep that in mind.
*What about Covid-19? Yes, we all know the virus exists. Traveling by plane involves wearing a mask from the time you set foot in the airport until the time you drive off in your rental car. There is risk in life. It’s your choice how much you want to take. We traveled to Texas in June with our kids and had a fantastic flight and a great trip! *What else is there to do if I bring my family or during the downtime? The park itself has other attractions including a Lazy River, the Royal Flush slides and a cable wakeboarding lake. Waco has the Brazos River running through it, and you can walk along the river trail, rent kayaks, check out the zoo, Lake Waco, the A&W Root Beer museum, and the world famous Magnolia Farms Silos for shopping and food trucks. We’ll be hitting Rudy’s Barbecue for some epic Texas BBQ for sure! *What’s the weather like in September in Waco?
Expect temps in the low 90s, and (hopefully) sunny skies. Water temps are in the 80s! No wetsuit needed! *What if we want to surf MORE than just the above sessions? You can book public sessions on the BSR website for available times for beginner, intermediate and expert waves, but the sessions go fast, so don’t delay! It’s a great chance to get on a surfboard, or if you’re bringing your family to get your kids/significant other out on a board riding waves in a controlled environment.
*Is the wave dangerous? Yes, it’s a predictable wave, but let’s be real...it packs a punch and there are barreling waves in shallow water over concrete, so yes, it can be dangerous if things go awry. Any other questions? Call us between 10am-5pm Pacific Time Monday-Friday at: 949-361-0848 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org You can also text Jay at: 949-275-1629. Let’s get some barrels and bbq!