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Kelly Slater isn’t a scientist. That doesn’t preclude him from occasionally wading into the irrefutable evidence against flat earth theories on Instagram, though, much less pulling together a consortium of scientists and engineers to create the perfect wave. A feat of modern engineering and science!

Recently, Slater sat down with well-known astrophysicist, author, and personality Neil deGrasse Tyson on his show StarTalk to discuss everything from his favorite and least favorite teachers in school to watching space shuttle launches from his home in Cocoa Beach to the science behind the wave at the Surf Ranch (it’s a soliton!). And if that wasn’t enough, William Finnegan joins the panel of experts to further analyze the interview. Dive in, you won’t be disappointed.


Watch the full episode here (full disclosure, you may need a qualifying cable package to do so).

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