Kelly Slater competes in the 2017 Billabong Pipe Masters on December 18, 2017 in Pupukea, Hawaii. (Photo by Koji Hirano/Getty Images)

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Kelly Slater’s Wave Pool is Surfing’s New Controversy

Will surfing embrace or reject artificial waves?

The great debate over man-made waves is about to dominate the surfing world. A new article in The Outline investigates Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch, which features a wave-making pool unlike anything before it. The Surf Ranch, located in Lemoore, California, has a 700×150-meter pool and will for the first time host a stop on the World Surf League’s World Tour, marking its arrival in major competitive surfing. Although Slater is surfing’s foremost ambassador and the Surf Ranch has received awe-struck reviews from surfers, manufacturing waves is an affront to the sport’s purists, as they believe it disregards the instincts and knowledge of the ocean traditionally demanded of a great surfer. 2018 will be the year the surfing community decides whether to take seriously surfing that takes place outside of the the ocean.

Read the full story at The Outline