He unveiled his ground-breaking wave pool a few days ago, but until now, the location of Kelly Slater’s surfing haven has been a secret.
That was until Sydney surfer Craig Brokensha set to work to find it.
Using Google, Google Earth,Google Streetview and Reddit, the Swellnet Forecaster has reportedly worked out that the wave pool is located at a former water-ski lake near Lemoore, California.
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The address is about 50 kilometres south of Fresno, and 177 kilometres from the coast.
On Saturday Slater posted a promotional video of himself riding a perfectly formed artificial wave in the wave pool he has spent 10 years developing, sending the surfing world into a spin.
Now that the world title has been decided and events for the year have finished, I’m excited to show you what I’ve been sitting on for the past couple of weeks. For nearly ten years, my team and I have been working on creating the first truly world-class, high-performance, human-made waves. This is something I dreamt about as a kid. Through rigorous science and technology, we’ve been able to design and build what some said was impossible, and many very understandably never thought would actually happen. I’m proud to say we took our time to get it right, and the first fully-working prototype of the wave now exists (a huge personal thank you to everyone in our lab and on our team for seeing this through!). I’ll be sharing more details in the coming weeks and months but I can’t wait any longer to share a film of my experience surfing the wave for the first time, almost two weeks ago. It was an insane day. I’m still a little in disbelief, and trying to process how much fun this wave is, but it certainly feels like this is going to change a lot of perceptions about human-made waves. There’s a direct link in my bio to kswaveco.com to view the short film. Can’t wait to see other people surf it soon and show what is possible on this thing. #KSWaveCo #FreakOfTechnology #LooksLikeSuperbank but #NotCrowded!