Mike Schwab, Kelly Slater, Slater discussed on Morning Edition
That was just the last. Grabowski has been surfing since he was four or five and he shreds, so I asked him about his ride. I pumped down the line and did a little snapped and, uh, Got caught behind section so I like pulled into the Barrow in got in there, but I wasn't gonna make it out. As we talked. The wave machine starts up again. Look at the apple two, right? Should probably try to go back out. Idiot. Yes, you wanna hold you up Bs are surf resort is the result of decades of progress in both the science and technology of wave making. Wave here is generated by powerful fans housed in a concrete wall that runs along one side of the surf pool. Mike Schwab is the resorts general manager. He says those fans compressed air inside a series of chambers in the wall. There's a proprietary way that that air gets released displaces water and that specific displacement paired with the Way that the concrete bottom is designed is what creates a breaking wave. The system was designed by American Wave machines in Solana Beach, California It's one of several companies that uses air pressure to generate surfing waves. Other companies use paddles, plungers pistons or a hydrofoil dragged through the water. Schwab says in Waco, a computer algorithm controls the size, shape and direction of each wave. You can have a beginner wave. That's fun on a long boarder, a phone board. You can have an expert wave. You can have a wave specifically to get barreled. You can have a wave to try and work on your heirs and things like that. Artificial waves have been around for decades. For example, Disney World opened its Typhoon Lagoon in 1989. But the waves in these pools tended to be slow and mushy. They were designed for tourists, not surfers. Then in 2015 11 time, World Surf League champion Kelly Slater unveiled a different kind of wave. It breaks in an abandoned water ski park in central California. A massive hydro foil is propelled through the water to generate the sort of fast barreling waves that surfers dreams are made of. Later had spent 10 years on the project and a promotional video captured his reaction to the finished wave. God Wait. Slater's wave was never meant.