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Even Formula One Drivers Can Get Tubed* At The Surf Ranch

World Champ, Lewis Hamilton gets some shampoo at a near-arctic Lemoore. 

cinema // Jan 14, 2019
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

The Surf Ranch isn’t just an ideal tubular canvas for surfing’s elite. It also acts as the perfect playground for Kelly’s superstar, yet non-aquatic friends to try their hand at getting piped. 

We’ve seen Flume gut-sliding his way through a tube, NFL quarterback, Drew Brees throw a ball post-tube, and Aussie-come-Hollywood hunk, Chris Hemsworth (who can actually surf) give the joint a crack. Typically, if a non-professional wants to give Kelly’s wave factory a run they’ll need to outlay five figures for a session; but that only goes for those who make their money on a less public platform. 

If you’re someone who could be loosely labelled a celebrity, then you might just have a shot at surfing the place for free. Lewis Hamilton was the latest celeb (or more accurately, sports star) to get a run in the pool. 

The five-time F1 World Champion recently took to the Lemoore tube-factory amidst a harsh and frosty winter.  

“Thank you #goat @kellyslater for teaching me! This was rad. @gabrielmedina I’m coming for you brother.” Lewis whipped up as the caption for the first post.

“So stoked you got to join us. Let’s do it again!” Kelly scribed on Instagram in response. “You’re improvement time was pretty radical. Won’t be long before airs.”

Typically, first timers struggle with the speed and hollowness of Kelly’s pool and succumb to the barrel dodge or whitewash squandering. Lewis Hamilton however poo-squatted his way into a cover up which would’ve been deep enough for the laissez-faire T-Mobile tube timer. 

“Crazy how fast you were improving, every wave you rode you just kept getting better and better. It was sick to watch.” Kai Lenny added to the IG comment board. 

Lewis, who’s now evidently hooked on the arctic yet non-salty brine, posted a follow up exhibiting his backhand attack. A wave which featured another quick shampoo before a shaka-laden bog which Kelly claimed might’ve been due to the volume of Raimana’s scream. 

California is currently hibernating in the winter, meaning the pool requires some serious neoprenal thickness to tackle. But we’re certain a few more celebs will be showing face at pool in the coming months as it solidifies its title as a surfer’s Disneyland. 

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