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Kelly Slater Wave Company Launches First Surf Pool

Kelly Slater Wave Company Surf Pool Man Made Wave | Surf Park Central

Kelly Slater locked into a barrel… outside the ocean at the KS Wave Co prototype surf pool facility. Photo: Kelly Slater Wave Company

Kelly Slater Wave Company launches video of Kelly Slater surfing their new prototype surf park facility in California.

Kelly Slater dropped this on his Instagram this morning: “Now that the world title has been decided and events for the year have finished, I’m excited to show you what I’ve been sitting on for the past couple of weeks. For nearly ten years, my team and I have been working on creating the first truly world-class, high-performance, human-made waves.

Watch the video of Kelly Slater surfing his first waves at the Kelly Slater Wave Company prototype facility here:

“This is our little secret spot about 110 miles from the coast. This is probably like when I won my first title and it didn’t sink in for quite a long time. Having seen that, I’m 100% confident that our team built the best wave that anyone’s ever made. It’s a freak of technology. Realistically I’ve been waiting for this moment since 2005 It’s the best man made wave ever made, for sure, no doubt in my mind!” – Kelly Slater, 11X World Surfing Champion

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. I’m proud to say we took our time to get it right, and the first fully-working prototype of the wave now exists (a huge personal thank you to everyone in our lab and on our team for seeing this through!). 

Kelly Slater Wave Company Barrel on the Prototype | Surf Park Central

Kelly Slater locking into a crisp cold water barrel…outside the ocean.

I’ll be sharing more details in the coming weeks and months but I can’t wait any longer to share a film of my experience surfing the wave for the first time, almost two weeks ago. It was an insane day. 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. 

There’s a direct link in my bio to kswaveco.com to view the short film. Can’t wait to see other people surf it soon and show what is possible on this thing. #KSWaveCo #FreakOfTechnology#LooksLikeSuperbank but #NotCrowded!”

Production: Aether Films (aetherfilms.com)

Director: Andrew Mackenzie; Producers: Kyle Bullington & Davis DiLillo; Camera I: Gordon Yould ; Camera II: Seth Naugle; Aerial Cinematography: Davis DiLillo, Kyle Bullington, Andrew Mackenzie Water Cinematography: Daren Vinson Crawford; AC Camera I: Brooks Burgoon; AC Camera II: Jeff Ball, AC Camera III: Josh Hill Production Coordinator: Dana Kurth; DIT: Bruce Schultz; Editing: Gordon Yould & Andrew Mackenzie; Color: Seth Naugle; Music: DARKSIDE

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Gary Ross

    December 18, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Truly amazing… congratulations on working with some physics plus water to create a dream wave, this changes everything, sign me up. WOW!!

  2. Ken Hathcock

    December 18, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Congratulations !
    All your hard work has payed off !
    You and your team have done an amazing job !
    Thanks For Doing This For The Sport Of Surfing!
    I Would Love To Come Work For You !

  3. Adam

    December 18, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS !!!!! wonderful project ! Can’t wait to see this happen in Canada soon !!!!

  4. Dave Terry

    December 19, 2015 at 6:46 am

    I want to help. Pioneering windsurfing, kiteboarding, Stand Up Paddleboarding and sport aviation, I’m skilled at bringing powerful new events to the forfront of the media industry. Please keep me informed with the latest NEWS. Dave Terry

  5. Stephen Russell

    December 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Venues for Surf park: Estd waterparks?? & these states: MT CO NV TX NM TN KY GA VT CT, NY, FL, MN OH IL, West VA, OR, ID & or for training in HI??? PR, Brazil, Belize,

  6. GEORGE N COMINOS

    December 28, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    WEN I TOOK A RIDE OVER THE HILL FROM KING CITY , IM READY ,IM A KNEEBOARDED 62 YEARS YOUNG ,IM READY TO C HOW DEEP I CAN STUFF IT !!!
    GREWUP SURFING MOSS LANDING !!BEEN DREAMING OF THIS SINCE I WAS 16 ITS HERE FINALLY AND ONLY A HOUR AND A HALF AWAY AND EASIER DRIVE THAN SANTA CRUZ . WEN CAN I TEST IT IM ON IT ,HOW SOON LET ME KNOW IM READY ,HOW ABOUT SOON , AFTER THE PRO AM IN PEBBLE MABE ??
    LET ME BE YOUR KNEEBOARD TEST DUMMY ,
    I’LL BY U GUYS LUNCH AT HARRIS RANCH WEN WERE DONE .
    THIS IS NO JOKE IM READY TODAY ..TOMORROW ,OR YESTERDAY,CONTACT ME
    I’LL BE THERE WIKI WIKI!!!!!

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  8. Jack Illes

    January 19, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Would love to build one of these in Florida. I have a site. How do we get in touch?

    • Peter Rasmussen

      November 17, 2017 at 2:16 am

      So bloody awesome !! I also am 63 years young and have been mostly kayak surfing but been a board surfer as well but never really good at it as most of my surfing came to be on Okanagan Lake in the winters when 40 – 50 mph winds would kick up a decent swell I have always dreamed of this very thing.. Incredible Kelly !!

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  16. Neil Gallagher

    May 14, 2018 at 1:34 am

    When are you bringing this to Orlando or Cocoa Beach??? We can’t wait to see it here so we will have options on the flat days. Hope you have this in your future plans Kelly.

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