Stab Magazine | Kelly Slater’s Wave Pool Finally Opens Its Doors!
1511 Views

Kelly Slater’s Wave Pool Finally Opens Its Doors!

A-listers get the invitation of all invitations.

news // Apr 29, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Elton John’s Grammy’s afterparty is no longer the hottest ticket in town. It doesn’t matter who you are, a text from Kelly Slater is a thrill. But, it’s a face-meltingly-good day when it arrives with the following missive: Would you like to join me in Fresno to surf (and test) my new wave pool?

Yup, Slater’s opening his pool to his nearest and dearest pals over the next few weeks.

The most talked-about surf locale on Earth this year isn’t Pipeline, Teahupoo or Skeleton Bay. It’s a wave that’s 100 miles from the ocean and a wave that has only ever been surfed by Kelly Slater. But, that’s all about to change.

Kelly has organised three different pool days. One with he and John Florence. One day with Carissa Moore and Steph Gilmore. And, a final day with all of his Momentum-era bros. We’re talking everyone from Jason Weatherly to Ross Williams. Rights, and lefts.

Kelly Slater Wave Pool 0

The details are foggy, but there’s just one rule: No cameras. So, it’s very likely that it’ll still be some months before we see anything new from the wave. And, given the secrecy of the KS wave pool camp since the former waterski park was bought in January 2014 and the first look revealed at the end of December 2015, security will be tight.

These sessions are likely in place to see what world class surfers think of the 45-second ride, and determine what the future of the pool might be. Stab reported recently that an event is slated here for early August, and this follows talks of a potential world tour event here as early as 2017.

When this clip dropped in December last year, there wasn’t a surfer on earth who wasn’t talking about the wave. Turns out, it wasn’t just surfers freaking on his creation. No, not Elton John, but word on the street is that Mr Kanye West texted Kelly asking if he could play at the pool and potentially collaborate in some way with KS. Can you imagine the all-CAPS tweets from Yeezy draped in OuterKnown, poolside, fanning out on KS!

Screen Shot 2016 04 28 at 4.05.28 pm

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

Be Yourself and Have Fun

An Interview with Jaleesa Vincent on her new film, 'Macaroni in the Pot'

Oct 6, 2022

Can Proper Surf Instruction Mitigate Chaos In The Water?

Here's why you need certification to earn the title "surf instructor" in 80 different countries.

Oct 6, 2022

24:30

No Contest Off Tour Heads To Thumping Fiji

Inside: Julian describes the mongo Cloudbreak milieu and AG does a Kava cooking course.

Oct 6, 2022

How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 3 

Nike has entered the chat.

Oct 5, 2022

“I Always Had A Mega Chip On My Shoulder”

UnSound Surf's Mike Nelson and Dave Juan have been the backbone of New York surfing…

Oct 5, 2022

Unlocked: Leonardo Fioravanti’s Stab Edit Of The Year Entry 

Watch 'The Cut' now, and baffle at the quality of both the waves and the…

Oct 4, 2022

The Pro Surfer Who Filmed A War Documentary In Ukraine

Damien Castera's got a story to tell.

Oct 4, 2022

Honest Review(s): O’Neill Hyperfreak Fire

Pushing the Limits of Wetsuit Tech for Men & Women

Oct 3, 2022

How Much Would You Pay For A Session Like This?

A cost-per-vision breakdown of Kian Martin and Tai Buddha's latest strike mission.

Oct 2, 2022

Ongoing Dialogue: Jack Freestone And Album’s Matt Parker On How They Get Sparks To Fly

"Nowadays, a standard thruster feels pretty alt to me." -Jack

Oct 2, 2022

Davo’s Death Strikes At Surfing’s Core

The underground icon battled demons til the end. His untimely demise is yet another cautionary…

Oct 1, 2022

Macaroni in the Pot

Jaleesa Vincent and 200 Lefts in the Mentawais

Oct 1, 2022

Introducing A Brand New Travel Series (With A Familiar Name)

Watch the first New York episode of Stab & Red Bull's No Contest Off Tour.

Sep 30, 2022

Leandro Dora: Pro Surfer, Businessman, Punk Rock Festival Organizer, Spiritual Mentor, And World Title Winning Surf Coach 

Meet one of the most beloved and effective individuals in the athlete's zone.

Sep 29, 2022

12:31

You’re Gonna Click On A New Oscar Langburne Video

Style that can't be denied.

Sep 29, 2022

Long Read: An Angel At My Table

From Stab Issue 15, October 2006: Chris Davidson has one more shot at the big…

Sep 28, 2022

5:07

Watch: Kalani David’s Last Dance

A final surf part from the Hawaiian surf/skate prodigy.

Sep 28, 2022

Taylor Steele Won’t Let Surf Filmmaking Die Without a Fight

Movies shown, filmmaking advice, punk rock at the 2022 Solento Surf Festival.

Sep 28, 2022
Advertisement