Kelly Slater's Long-Awaited Wave Pool Is Surfing's Biggest Breakthrough

Legendary surfer Kelly Slater has already cemented his status as the greatest competitive surfer of all time. After all, the Florida native has been crowned World Surf League champion 11 times, that's more than twice as many crowns as his next best competitor, Mark Richards. Now Slater may also become one of surfing's greatest innovators. Last week, he showed off the culmination of 10 years of research and work with a wave pool unlike any other in the world. Slater and his Kelly Slater Wave Company have released few details — we don't even know where the pool is. But the quality of the barrel is getting folks excited for the prospect of bringing great waves to landlocked potential surfers, or serving coastal die-hards on flat days.