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Miss Steph’s Never-Ending Wavepool Tunnel

Did Steph Gilmore just outclass the gents in the tube? 

cinema // May 7, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

“I was in the barrel going you should come out and try and do a turn, then I thought, are you kidding me? Who wants to get out of this barrel?” asks a glowing Steph after getting artificially slotted at Kelly’s Wave. As the super sessions continue in Lemoore, our social feeds and minds are being blasted with man-made perfection. Yesterday Josh Kerr and Steph hit the best landlocked wave in the world, and Miss Gilmore locked into a proper half-minute drainer. You got to love her style at the end of the tube, five piggies over, cheating and getting out clean. And, we know what you’re thinking. It’s too perfect for an event. It’s too difficult to properly crack the lip. Stay with us now. If they’ve managed to create a legit 30 second tube 100 miles from the ocean, changing the wave to allow high shredability will be simple. 

If this is version 1.0 of the wavepool, what will 2.0 be like? According to Kanoa Igarashi, “it’s scary to think.”

As more information about Kelly’s Wave comes to light, here’s what we know: first, a man-made wave can spit (:10)! The wait time between each wave is five to seven minutes and this pool will not be open to the public. It’s owned by Dirk Ziff, the owner of the WSL. And, if you think the wave looks powerful, that’s because it is. 

We called WSL commissioner, Kieren Perrow, who was in Lemoore for the inaugural session and asked about the potential world tour event for 2017. He was understandably cagey and we didn’t even get around to asking the one question we were after: in case of a world tour event with no mother nature, tides or swell required, does Kieren even need to leave his Byron Bay home for the US at all?    


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