Stab Magazine | WSL Commish, Kieren Perrow's Take On Kelly Slater's Wavepool

Watch 'Wildcard: The Moana Jones-Wong Story'


WSL Commish, Kieren Perrow’s Take On Kelly Slater’s Wavepool

It’s not The Box, but it’s got KP’s tick of approval. 

cinema // May 28, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Now that Kelly’s wave and the WSL are an adhesive, there’s a lot of chatter about the “future”. It looks like surfing will be in the Olympic games, Japan 2020. And Kelly’s said, that an artificial wave would be a good choice for an alternate playing field. “Whether this wave is it or not,” he said, “I don’t know… but I hope it is.” WSL CEO Paul Speaker’s called it a “game changer” and has declared he’ll “personally commit the best surfers to the 2020 Olympic games.” With the International Olympic Committee, ISA and WSL being buddy-buddy at the moment, it seems a likely solution. And that’s not yet scraping the surface of the possibility for a stop on tour being held at Kelly’s wave. For contestable conditions, the wave would have to be altered. Judging by the this clip, and the when Kelly had Today’s Natalie Morales on it, he toned it down to a setting that echo’d Wavegarden quality. The question’s raised that with the same wave coming through, would it take away the spontaneity of riding a wave? Would surf contest in a wavepool turn into gymnastics, with a set routine? 

Kelly’s suggested a new judging criteria for the (potential) future event, with five rounds: Air, Maneuver, Carve, X-Factor and Barrel. A speciality event deserves speciality guidelines… 

WSL commish, Kieren Perrow’s taken serious interest in Kelly’s wave. KP’s a level-headed gent that doesn’t fall victim to the hyperbole that seeps through the surf world. He calls it as he see’s it. The wave at the “Surf Ranch” is the prototype, the tech will only evolve from here. “When I rode Kelly’s wave, I was blown away by the experience,” he said. “It has more energy and power than I expected and this technology holds the potential for future development of surfing just starting out and those already competing on the Championship Tour.” 



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

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Billy Kemper, Mikey Wright, and Eli Olson Walk Into A Bar…

The Vans Pipe Masters heat draw is here. Let's break down the must-watch matchups

Dec 8, 2022

Watch: Kai Paula Has Arrived

Meet the 7th surfer to land a double spin in our final 2022 SEOTY entry.

Dec 8, 2022


Unlocked: ‘Nozvid’ In All Its Glory

Two years and $100K later.

Dec 8, 2022

How To Watch The Vans Pipe Masters

With less than 24 hours to go, we've put together a complete list of rules…

Dec 7, 2022

Watch: Stab’s Best Wetsuits of 2023

Our quest to objectively establish the best men's suit, women's suit, and booties out of…

Dec 7, 2022

Eithan Osborne Belongs On The 2003 World Tour

But he's gotten an invite to the 2022 Vans Pipe Masters, so we caught up…

Dec 7, 2022


“I Could Do Reels And Surf Two Foot Beachies And Hoard Cash But That’s Moral Suicide”

Noa Deane’s thoughts on money, media, airs in glassy waves and more.

Dec 7, 2022

Wildcard: The Moana Jones-Wong Story

The rise and rise of Mrs. Pipeline.

Dec 6, 2022

Watch: Torrey Meister’s Gunslinging SEOTY Entry

"Bull-riding is such a great warmup for surfing big waves."

Dec 6, 2022

Guess Who Else Just Got Invited To The Vans Pipe Masters

3 more withdrawals, and 3 more exciting replacements.

Dec 6, 2022


‘Buying Double Cheeseburgers, Acting Like He’s Hit Some Sections Today’

RAGE 400 drops ft Noz, Chun, Creed, Vinny, Jel, Wado + others!

Dec 5, 2022

What’s Happening To Orange County’s Sand, And Is It Worsening The Waves At Lowers?

Read this to upgrade your understanding of your local beach break and coastal environment.

Dec 5, 2022

Here Are The 15 People Who Qualified For The 2023 CT

After seven events and much groveling, 10 men and 5 women will officially be CT…

Dec 3, 2022

An Ode To Aussie Chick Pros From The Nineties 

A celebration of stoicism, resilience, grit, core lordship, and unconditional love.

Dec 3, 2022

Update: John John Flushes Everyone Down The Haleiwa Toilet Bowl

And the CT qualifications for 2023 are set.

Dec 3, 2022


Riaru Ito Is Cooler Than His Cucumber Garden

Meet our passion pick for the Vans Pipe Masters.

Dec 2, 2022

5 New Surfers Confirmed For The Vans Pipe Masters

Who's out, who's in?

Dec 2, 2022

Unlocked: Kael Walsh, Rolo Montes, And Al Cleland Jr In ‘Saturn’

Quik’s new 20-minute surf film is so good you’ll want to burn a DVD of…

Dec 2, 2022