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The Inertia

Much has been made about man made waves versus natural waves. The number of wave pools, as you’re aware, has skyrocketed in the past few years, and with new technology, waves are getting better and better. Air sections and unnaturally long barrels are now available with the click of a button, but some people feel as though a wave pool is missing something fundamental.

Surfing, after all, is as much about the chase as it is about the ride. When the chase is gone and only the ride remains, is it still as wonderful?

Koa Smith surfed BSR wave pool in Waco, Texas, to find out first hand. Since he’s Koa Smith, he brought an interesting quiver with him, including a stand-up boogie. And while the jury is still out on which is better, it seems clear that surfing a wave in a pool is still very, very fun.

“At the end of the day, I’m completely toast,” Koa said. “I spent seven hours in the water, and I just can’t hit another air section. I already cannot wait to come back, and I’m really excited for the future of wave pools.”

See more from Koa Smith on YouTube.

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