Kelly Slater creates the perfect wave in the middle of nowhere
Sport and Outdoors
This wave compares to some of [UNKNOWN]
Parts of every way it's unique Some waves are short, some are long.
Your legs are burning after you're done, it's a really long ride.
This wave offers a little bit a everything, but what it really offers is a perfect wave.
Hi, I'm Kelly Slater and we are at Surf Ranch
I'm here Lemoore, California.
It's super hot.
We're in the middle of nowhere, we're 100 miles away from the ocean.
Behind me, is Kelly Slater's surf ranch.
I think humans want control.
[LAUGH] So I think this is tapping into the control element of making a wave.
The surfer is an artificial way that we worked on starting it about 2005, 2006.
Finally it's come to fruition here.
This is our prototype, the first manmade wave that has a lot of power to it.
What they call a solitary wave or a soliton, which is the way that essentially you can send over a long distance and not lose any energy.
There are a lot of angles and sections and kind of quirky weird things that happen on waves in the ocean that definitely don't happen here.
This thing was built to be kind of perfect wave.
More of something you would draw or imagine in your mind.
PG three, 30 seconds.
Once the wave is called, the operator will press a few buttons and inside these houses here at either end, we call them the winch houses, there's large winches that will then start pulling that rope that you see rolling there.
And it will pull the big blue thing, which is a hydrofoil.
That's what makes the wave.
The hydrofoil can come every four minutes and the waves can last up to 45 seconds, which is a lifetime for a surfer.
That object is designed such that when it's pulled at the correct speed, and the correct depth of water, the correct [UNKNOWN], the reef we have built in here, it will create these
Selection of waves.
So the wave pools are designed to make it easier for beginners like me to actually be able to potentially surf.
So after I tried surfing about four times, falling over four times.
I get back to the area where Kelly is sitting with a group of people.
And then I realize with horror that he's been watching me through this livestream he makes the offer to actually come out and help me surf which was unbelievable.
Eight minutes from now she'll be out.>>
so Kelly and I went out to the water.
He held the back of the surf board.
I stood up, we did it twice.
And the second time after the wave came he let go without telling me and I was actually able to stay on and it was incredible.
And I don't think I would of been able to do that in the ocean, which is a much more controlled environment plus you have Kelly Slater helping you out.
Hi, I'm Samantha Sibley.
I'm a member of the USA Surf Team, and we're here in Waco.
This is the home of USA olympic surfing.
This is our first official training here at the BSR cable park.
Are something that I struggle with, and here it offers the repetition and I can just practice them over and over again.
BSR surf resort is the world's
First, high performance, opened to the public, wave technology.
The waves are powered by a combination of air pressure and gravity.
And unlike the surf [UNKNOWN], where you actually see the [UNKNOWN] moving through the water and powering the waves There are no moving parts in this water.
So the way we produce our waves is we generate a lot of pressure and then we make a wave utilizing that pressure.
The secret sauce to all that is that we can sequence how that pressure is applied to the water.
So because of that we can manipulate and change.
The way that the waves form and spit out of our wave generating chambers.
Up in the tower I have a console or controller, as we call it.
It's touch screen
And that's what we use to design the waves.
It's also what we use to produce the playlist, play them throughout public sessions and everything.
We have a three wave set that has 12 seconds in between each wave.
Now we produce that once every one minute and ten seconds.
The average wave duration that you're standing on the board is eight to ten seconds.
The beauty of our system is that we can keep creating new waves.
It's just really good for working on progressions.
And the ocean.
You never know what is going to happen and out here you always know the wave is going to be the same.
We have the technology now through our lines of surfriders, sufboard casters in California.
We can go back and look at the storms from the last 50 years.
And look at all those swells hit the beach break in Tokyo where the Olympics is at.
And literally, computer model replicate any type of wave, angle, swell direction that we're gonna see.
And then we can take that information and put it in the system here at DSR.
Feels really close to the ocean.
It's just Weird because you're surfing in a totally differnet scenery.
This one is more fun like way better for training and stuff.
It's just longer.
More perfect, but you don't get as many waves.
And this one's more like a real wave, kind of, because it's more fake, but perfect.
Nothing will ever replace the ocean.
The feeling that you get when you show up on the The beach and the waves are just perfect.
And no one is around and you don't know what to expect that I don't know what's going to happen before you paddle out.
But you still throw yourself out there.
Nothing will ever replace that.
From a performance and a sport standpoint, the wave pools offer something we've never had, which Is a training tool.
There's so many different variations and ways that you can manipulate the way water moves.
I mean, this is the tip of the iceberg.
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