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Surfing on Kelly Slater's Machine-Made Wave | The Backstory | The New Yorker

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Who thought surfing near Fresno would be a thing?

 

Definitely an engineering marvel but I'll take my hometown breaks of San Clemente / Trestles any day!

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Cool Mono! That video's a supplement to William Finnegan's article in the current issue of The New Yorker:

 

Kelly Slater’s Shock Wave

The best surfer in history made a machine that creates perfect conditions on demand. Will his invention democratize surfing or despoil it?

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/12/17/kelly-slaters-shock-wave

 

Also Finnegan knows surfing. Check out his Pulitzer-Prize Winning memoir. It's really good:

 

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/292954/barbarian-days-by-william-finnegan/9780143109396/

 

 

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