Somewhere in Central California, a perfect surf wave built by Kelly Slater exists. Gerry Lopez was invited to ride the wave and discusses his thoughts about it. The man-made building of surf waves might be where the future of surfing is going. There is no waiting around for the perfect wave, every wave is perfect at the surf ranch. Who could ask for anything better?
Gerry Lopez on Kelly's Wave: "Astonishingly Perfect."Exclusive, in-depth interview with Mr. Pipeline on his recent KSWC experienceBy Marcus Sanders
Published:September 2, 2017
Gerry Lopez, one of the sport’s most enduring icons, has been doing a lot of close-to-surfing over the past decade or so. SUPing (“kinda like surfing, but with a giant board”), snowboarding (“kinda like surfing, but not really”), river surfing (“fun, but not really surfing”). Last spring, though, he spent a lot of time in Cabo and rediscovered his inner surfing self.
“My wife’s judgement is infinitely better than mine, and she told me I needed to go surfing more,” Lopez laughed. “After being up in Bend so long, I realized how much I really liked actual surfing. It was almost like, ‘How the mighty have fallen! From Pipeline to a river wave.’"
The Cabo training turned out to be good timing, as he was the first goofyfoot invited to surf the left at Kelly’s Surf Ranch last week. (Also included in the crew was Shane Dorian and son, Tom Carroll, Bethany Hamilton and Gerry’s son.) The video of Gerry’s session dropped yesterday; we called him up this morning in Bend to find out more.
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