Video produced by Aether Films (aetherfilms.com)
You have no doubt heard about the many attempts by many different entities to create a perfect man made wave.
Much of what you see and hear is theory, with a few actual man made waves created that, let’s be honest, are ho hum looking runners that you would be keen to try as a novelty but not much more. They are certainly not world class and definitely not high performance.
This is different:
I saw this video pop up across the social-o-sphere this morning and, like seeing images of waves in the Mentawais or Costa Rica for the first time, I CAN’T WAIT to ride this mindlessly perfect looking, barreling man made wave (if only it was a left…).
Here is Kelly Slater’s take after his first surf:
“Realistically, I’ve been waiting for this moment since 2005. We weren’t in a hurry. We could have put out an inferior wave years ago. I’m glad we waited all that time to do the right thing because this is the best man made wave ever made, for sure. No doubt about it.” – Kelly Slater
A project ten years in the making, this is what we know about this man made wave concocted by Kelly Slater’s team:
- It’s located ‘somewhere’ (cold), 110 miles away from the coast
- Intentionally created as an “elite” level wave (likened to the Snapper Rocks Superbank)
- Kelly calls this a “truly world-class, high-performance, human-made wave”
- The project started around 2005
Let’s fast forward and say that this becomes the first commercial man made wave success. Is this a good thing? for me, one of the most important aspects of surfing is the connection to nature and this is, well, not that.
Regardless of the questions that this potentially game changing man made wave conjures up, my hat is off to Kelly Slater and his team and, again, like seeing an image of Macaronis for the first time, I CAN’T WAIT to ride this man made wave.
What do you think? Let’s talk in the comments…
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