As you likely know by now, late last year a handful of surf journos had the opportunity to be kings for a day at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch (check out our coverage here). I mention that because it’s almost impossible to have a taste of synthetic perfection and not compare every wave around to it, both natural and artificial.
In the video above, we see Kolohe Andino, Carissa Moore, Griffin Colapinto and more having a blast at Wavegarden’s Cove prototype somewhere in the hills of the Spanish Basque Country – grins from ear to ear. And while the wave pales in comparison on the perfect-o-meter to KS Wave Co.’s creation, one moment, in particular, gave me pause. At about 1:20 in, Kolohe falls in the foreground on a cheeky shove-it while Griffin paddles out the back for the next wave. It’s a fleeting moment in which the line in the sand between Wavegarden’s Cove tech and KS Wave Co.’s is perceptible – quantity vs. quality.
You see, Kelly’s wave drags a foil forward and back creating first a right, then a left, then a right again. But the turbulent water takes five minutes to settle between passes. Wavegarden’s Cove, as we’ve known for some time, can reportedly create about 110 waves per hour. In terms of accelerating the progression of the sport, KS Wave Co. offers perfect surf at the push of a button while the Cove is all about reps. So the question is, which would you choose?