When Kelly Slater revealed footage of his new wave pool just under a year and a half ago the internet went crazy.
How could a wave this perfect have been engineered by man? Particularly when held up against its counterparts around the world, which at the time were running into some difficulties. Well it turned out Kelly Slater had been working on and tweaking his little creation for almost ten years before its unveiling, and now he’s revealed he’s not finished yet:
“Checkout my tractor at the #SurfRanch. It came with the property and actually drives pretty well. I’ve been reminiscing about everything happening at @KSWaveCo and Surf Ranch over the last year and a half. 110 miles from the coast, who would have thought we’d have the wave we have? It’s been such a humbling and exciting experience bringing this wave to life with my team and receiving the overwhelming support from the surf community all over the world.
“The sheer number of people I talk to about it on a daily basis is unbelievable. I know everyone is wondering what’s next for the Surf Ranch, and there’s been a few rumors floating around, so I thought I would send out an update. This prototype system in Lemoore was created to prove out the fundamental concept of the design and technology, our version 1.0.
“That wave blew my mind, but I also immediately saw ways we could improve it. We got right to work in the lab. The feedback we received from dozens of surfers (not only CT level) was incredibly helpful. And a few months ago we did what obsessive people do: we took something great and took it apart to create something even better.
“This will mean more waves, more sections and the goofy footers might be pretty excited too. Also, I can’t say officially, but there’s some exciting projects on the horizon and I look forward to sharing more with you as the year unfolds.”