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You’ve seen Mad Max, yes? You’ve seen those funny people with leather jackets and top hats and large goggles that talk about steampunk? You’ve seen Wild Wild West with Will Smith with the giant steam-driven spider? Oh, how similar it all is! If Kelly Slater’s wave is the wave of the future, Surf Lakes’ wave is the steampunk version of it. It truly is a marvel: much like throwing a pebble into a pond, a giant plunger drops into a lake, displacing a circular wave that breaks over a variety of concrete “reefs.”

A few days ago, Surf Lakes released a bit of footage that showed their technology at about 50 percent. According to reports, a gasket blew in the process, but not before a handful of surfers, including Joel Parkinson and Felicity Palmateer, had a chance to have a go. “Four peaks, eight surfers per wave, six wave sets,” Palmateer wrote on Instagram. “That’s the dream the @surf_lakes engineers are steering towards. This set is only just below 50% output! Crazy to imagine what it’s going to be like at 100%… History was made in Australia and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.”

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