CLIP OF THE WEEK: Slater Changes the Game with Manmade Wave
It’s been called the holy grail or the mythical unicorn of sport, but creating a perfect manmade wave has been just out of our collective grasp for some time. On Friday mornin, the Kelly Slater Wave Company dropped this clip of him surfing a misty artificial wave and, mark my words, the surf world changed forever. If this wave can be replicated, this opens the world up--for better or worse--to the sport. The next few weeks/years are going to be very interesting. Also, how in the hell did he keep this under wraps for so long?
No, we don’t have a clue where this left is, but as has become par for the course, Clay Marzo makes it look like a whole mess of fun. His approach is unlike anyone else in the sport, which makes any Clay edit worth a watch.
Ahh grom abuse. In this clip, the Rip Curl team--Fanning, Medina, Bam, Wilco, etc-- put aussie grom Joe Van Dijik through his paces, both in the water and out. It’s all in good fun, and hot damn does the Curl have a deep bench!
Pipe Aint Playin’
As we’ve seen over the past few weeks--heal up Bede (fractured pelvis), get well soon Owen (concussion) and thank god you’re alive, Evan (near drowning)--Pipeline has the potential to straight up kill you without hesitation. In this clip, the WSL explorer’s the harsh realities of surfing one of the world’s most infamous waves.