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Wave Park Idea Still Floating Around Richmond

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A surf park for the Richmond area seemed to be lost at sea, but its owner is calling for help from investors big and small.

It's been 15 months since Style Weekly first reported on Walter Bennett's idea for Point Break Surf Park, which promised to bring the surfing life inland — a "beach experience" with white sand and palm trees, featuring manmade mild to 7-foot waves.

Bennett had hired leisure and sports consulting company Select Contracts to help with the park, with eyes on Hanover County as a location. But nothing materialized, until an email arrived recently from Bennett announcing a donation campaign for the project.

The goal is $500,000 through the site GoFundMe (the park's page is gofundme.com/3aaknc), with various benefits for different levels of donations. With a little more than 50 days to go there is $310 pledged.

"No more driving up and down the beach checking out your favorite surf spots," the pitch goes. "No worries of sharks, jelly fish, rip tides or long paddles out."

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