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A conceptual drawing of the planned Point Break Surf Park. (Courtesy of Walter Bennett)

By David Larter

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. ( – After two years and dozens of investor meetings, a local entrepreneur is close to starting his dream of bringing an endless summer to Hanover County.

Walter Bennett, who wants to put a year-round surfing facility called Point Break Surf Park in Hanover, said he is finalizing a contract to purchase 12 acres next to Bass Pro Shops and plans to begin construction on the first $2.5-million phase as soon as he gets approval from the county.

But the first phase of the park, a 240-foot-long pool that will create seven-foot waves, is massively scaled back from the theme park Bennett initially had in mind.

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