Let’s see, we already have artificial snow, artificial reefs, artificial sweeteners, artificial Christmas trees, artificial grass and even artificial gravity, so why not artificial waves?
Imagine the possibilities: The perfect wave on request. No waiting for waves. Made-for-TV surfing events. Surfing in the Olympics.
Those last two are probably the biggest reasons for surfing legend Kelly Slater to get behind the concept, one that has been through five years of research and development.
Most of those in the surfing community have been hearing about plans for such a wave-making venue for at least a year, but now apparently things are far enough along that Slater decided to make it official by issuing a press release Thursday about his company.
[See press release here, via Surfline.com]
The 10-time surfing champion Kelly announced the launching of the Kelly Slater Wave Company, a “company devoted to making a world-class surfing experience accessible to the sport’s enthusiasts across the globe.”
He talks about it in the above video, the third of three parts he recently released on YouTube.
[See all of Slater's YouTube videos talking about the wave company here]
The company’s pioneering wave-generation and control technologies feature the world’s first natural, deep-water, world-class wave. The wave is generated outside a large circular pool and breaks on an inner island where it breaks endlessly.
The vision includes surrounding commerce in the form of beaches, restaurants, bars, pools and retail. Sounds great and very ambitious, but in this economy? Hmmm.
|This is not Slater surfing an artificial wave.|
“This project has unlimited potential to add to surfing. I’d like to see this be a sort of default wave for when the surf in the ocean isn’t good, as well as a platform to help anyone advance from the level they’re at quickly and easily in a safe environment. Our technology will allow everyone, no matter their age or skill level, to have a rewarding surfing experience.”
[Get rid of costly cable/satellite bills!]
A state-of-the-art research lab in Los Angeles houses a working model of the circular wave pool. A team is readying to develop, market, license and sell KSWC’s patentable wave-generation control technologies to promote surfing, according to the release.
So what does this mean? Don’t expect Wave Land to be built in a neighborhood near you anytime soon. But if you want to invest in one or build one, go to Slater’s website. Oh yeah, that’s not built yet.
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Photo of Slater via Sportlige.com
Thanks to the Outside Blog for the tip!
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