Kelly Slater Just Created The Perfect Artificial Wave. Watch Him Ride It
No one shreds the gnar quite like eleven-time surfing world champion Kelly Slater.
And apparently, no one makes waves (literally) like him, either.
After more than a decade of operating in secret, he and his partners at the Kelly Slater Wave Co. have finally unveiled the fruits of their labor: the longest, open-barrel man-made wave in the world — or, as Slater put it, a "freak of technology."
Here he is riding it for the first time:
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."