As he wrote on Instagram, he's been waiting to announce this for a couple weeks now:
"For nearly ten years, my team and I have been working on creating the first truly world-class, high-performance, human-made waves. This is something I dreamt about as a kid. Through rigorous science and technology, we’ve been able to design and build what some said was impossible, and many very understandably never thought would actually happen."
Though he hasn't yet revealed the location of the wave, he and his team promise to share more details in the "coming weeks and months."
So, why is this such a big deal? Well, by eliminating geography as a factor, this wave could change the surfing game forever. The market can expand to places whose climate doesn't allow for surfable waves, and by ensuring standardized waves, surfing could finally gain acceptance as an Olympic sport.
"It was an insane day," Slater continued on Instagram. "I’m still a little in disbelief, and trying to process how much fun this wave is, but it certainly feels like this is going to change a lot of perceptions about human-made waves."