Itโ€™s a freak of technology , created by a freak of nature.

Itโ€™s a freak of technology , created by a freak of nature.

The Inertia

Kim Kardashian’s ass, Miley Cyrus’s tits, Donald Trump’s gobbledygook nonsense…many things these days are “breaking the Internet” (although mine still seems to be working). Everyday some C-list celebrity spews some drivel or releases nudes, so what? For the surf world, and hopefully the majority of self-respecting global citizens, these trivial antics mean next to nothing. However, there is the occasional mind-melting breakthrough in the surfing sphere.

Kelly Slater dropped a bomb last Friday when he revealed the first look at his man-made wave. It’s his magnum opus. His baby. His lasting mark on the sport of surfing’s future. And the footage was the closest thing to the surf world’s version of Kim K.’s bare butt doused in lube and champagne. It’s a mesmerizing feat of science, a perfect reeling right-hander with a punchy lip. And it actually barrels! All hail King Kelly!

Once the social media dust subsided, and the video had been viewed over 4 million times, people shared their thoughts. Some pro surfers and surf industry folk had the best (and funniest) reactions. Here’s a few of our favorite:

A bold challenge…


Just so u know @kellyslater until you invite me to your wave pool and battle me one on one I’m still going to call myself wave pool world champ and the Rick Cain of our generation. Haha thanks for creating fantasies buddyAlbee Layer (@johnjohn_slater)

Kelly’s new bestie…

Every surfer wants to be Kelly’s friend right now. @kellyslater just changed surfing forever, again! As if 11 world titles isn’t enough, he created what is seriously hard to believe, and is by far the best man made wave ever. Holy crap.Alex Gray (@a_gray)


What about the goofy footers…(?)

Thanks @kellyslater for making me a left… Nobody will ever find it… The best artificial wave ever made.Rob Machado (@rob_machado)

Emoji overload…

@kellyslater is this for real? Im freaking out ๐Ÿ˜† Cannot get over how much fun this man made wave looks! Congratulations on all your hard work. If you hadn’t already left your mark on surfing you have now changed it forever. So….when do I get my invite? ๐Ÿ˜‰Carissa Moore (@rissmoore10)

Desperate for an invite…

Can you re send our Invite to the pool ,must of got lost in the mail @kellyslater jesussssssssss ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ž #letuslive #letusCome #stayoveritThe Mad Hueys (@themadhueys)


Started from the bottom…

Just wait till the inner city & inland kids get a hold of this…โšก๏ธโšก๏ธโšก๏ธ#comptonworldchampion?Matt Pagan (@matt_pagan)

Oompa Loompas can shred, too…

KS Wavepool Willy Wonka

Kelly Slater and The Chocolate Barrel Factory@worldsurflols

And just in case you missed it, there was also Surfing Magazine’s Instagram account @theroadsoda that posted an epic Kelly Slater, DJ Khaled mashup. Check it out here:


@kellyslater, we appreciate you.

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