Artificial Wave With Amazing Barrel Will Change the Surfing World
Robert Kelly Slater the surf legend has been crowned as World Surf League Champion a record 11 times. He has started winning the title as the youngest at age 20, and end it as the oldest at age 39. As an American professional surfer, Kelly Slater well known as his skill and style. This year, Kelly Slater will record his name in another history of surfing industry as the inventor of the best man-made artificial wave.
For nearly ten years of experiment for the best artificial wave, Kelly Slater Wave Company is finally testing it to see how it works. As cited from Surfer Today, on December 5th 2015 in a secret spot located 110 miles from the coast, the first wave rolls at 6:35am. And the result is incredible. Its power, shape, and face quality. The World Surf League said Slater artificial wave is a game-changing in the surfing world. The ramifications of this reveal are immeasurable at this point, but certainly will change the face of surfing as we know it. Kelly Slater expressed his happiness by unveiled his artificial wave pool system through his Instagram on last Friday, December 18th 2015 :
“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.”
Actually the man-made artificial wave has been found by a Spanish company called Wavegarden in 2013. Surf Snowdonia in Conway Road UK is one of the place that uses this technology. A powerful two-metre wave that rises at the centre of the lagoon, peels perfectly for more than 150 metres, and dissipates softly as it hits the shore. However, compared with Slater artificial wave, the results are simply inevitable. At this moment Slater artificial wave is bigger and better.
As published on Huffington Post, some surfers have complained that artificial waves don’t live up to the real thing for two very important reasons: they don’t form barrels and they don’t allow progression, which surfers need to get air. Well, Slater comes up with the solution and impressed the surfing community: Kelly Slater artificial wave has a barrel. Yes, his artificial wave able to make the longest artificial open barrel that ever seen. Watch below video on how Kelly Slater plays around with his artificial wave and its amazing barrel :
Of course, nothing can replace the ocean. The strength to swim along to the middle of ocean, the patience of waiting for a wave, and the satisfaction when defeated the “wild wave”. Nothing can replace it. However, artificial wave might be a solution for those people who lived in a place where there is no ocean nearby. Kelly Slater Wave Company will be sharing more details in the coming weeks and months.