Competitive surfing has always been as much about an individuals wave selection as it has about the moves that take place on the wave itself. But that’s all set to change. The ability to read the conditions – mentally analyzing and computing the slightest ripples on the surface of the ocean – could become a skill of the past. At least in any competition taking place in an artificial man-made wave, that is.
A contest in Kelly Slater’s Californian splash park is imminent, and it’s sure to be a carnival. A real spectacle. Whatever your view on the impact of artificial waves on the sport of surfing, competitions in these pools are going to happen. There are too many high profile figures with too much invested for wave riding in purpose built parks not to be seeking maximum exposure. All of which means fans of surfing will soon be watching their new favorite sport from the bleachers, at the same time being offered the chance to fill their faces with overpriced hotdogs and wearing replica competition jerseys.