World Surf League confirms first public event at Kelly Slater’s wave pool for May 2018

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  1. dingpatch

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  2. miscreant

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    I think it'll be as exciting as watching the second hand spin around the clock. Or perhaps as exciting as watching golf. It's going to become some technical arbitrary subjective weirdness.

    I want to surf the wave though.
     
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  3. Human

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    I’m a all for wave pools. What gets me is how there’s a water war in California going on amongst farmers and then Sl8’s just cruises in and builds this thing. I guess the amount of water it uses is only a fraction of what farms use on a regular basis, but I digress.
     
  4. Chilly Willy

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    Did anyone watch the first contest test run they did? The surfing was very good, but it reminded me a little bit of Olympic gymnastics or figure skating -- it almost seemed like there were certain compulsory moves that you have to do at certain parts of the wave. Like if you don't get tubed during the tube section, you might get dinged a few points. And the alley-oop is definitely the triple axel of Olympic surfing: "OH there it is! The alley-oop! Did you see that amplitude?"

    PS: I'd still watch it.
     
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  5. dingpatch

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    Human, the basic reservoir structure, and water, was already in-place when Kelly bought the waterski facility.
     
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  6. LÜGEN

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    Professional surfing just even more boring. More boring then the air reverse.
     
  7. Human

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    Super interesting. I don't know much about the logistics.
     
  8. Surfnfish

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    located in the anus of the state..predictable 15 second tube rides followed by aerial gymnastics..scoring controversies "he only got a 9.3 because he didn't point his toes on both feet..judges mainlining caffeine to stay awake as the wave machine recharges, the gap filled by hyper announcers extending awesomeness hyperbole to yet another level..the winners talking about how this is going to take surfing to a whole other level..Kelly beaming like a proud father holding his new born for the first time..

    and meanwhile, somewhere on an actual coast, some guy swings a turn, steps up, finds himself in perfect trim through a zippy little section, and hoots with stoke...I'd rather watch him.
     
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  9. Human

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    Maybe this is where style will be refined and claims will be mastered.
     
  10. pintail

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    I'm guessing that when surfing enters the olympics (I know, yuck, but it's happening), it will be in a wave pool. At least I hope it is. We don't need more contests ruining our surf spots.
     

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