Kelly Slater's PSA: What's Next For The Surf Ranch
More sections, waves and something for the screw foots?
Kelly Slater's diverse use of Instagram serves as the news feed for all things Kelly. It's his platform, global voice, including a profile picture that updates with the consistency of his public service announcements. After the great Reunion Island shark cull debate of 2017 (birthed from a comment on Jeremy Flores’ post), Kelly’s come out with a teaser/update for the Surf Ranch 2.0, and it all starts with a tractor.
Check out my tractor at the #SurfRanch. It came with the property and actually drives pretty well. I've been reminiscing about everything happening at @KSWaveCo and Surf Ranch over the last year and a half. 110 miles from the coast, who would have thought we'd have the wave we have? It’s been such a humbling and exciting experience bringing this wave to life with my team and receiving the overwhelming support from the surf community all over the world. The sheer number of people I talk to about it on a daily basis is unbelievable. I know everyone is wondering what’s next for the Surf Ranch, and there’s been a few rumors floating around, so I thought I would send out an update. This prototype system in Lemoore was created to prove out the fundamental concept of the design and technology, our version 1.0. That wave blew my mind, but I also immediately saw ways we could improve it. We got right to work in the lab. The feedback we received from dozens of surfers (not only CT level) was incredibly helpful. And a few months ago we did what obsessive people do: we took something great and took it apart to create something even better. This will mean more waves, more sections and the goofy footers might be pretty excited too. Also, I can’t say officially, but there’s some exciting projects on the horizon and I look forward to sharing more with you as the year unfolds.
What’s on the horizon? Let’s think, the WSL acquired Kelly Slater Wave Co, and there has been a lot of discussion around making his wave contestable. In addition, a complimentary left? Air sections? More waves? A bigger pond? Will the unveiling be held off until someone else wins the title? Oh, we have so many questions!