If Kelly Slater says the artificial wave he's in the process of creating is going to be "the best wave anyone's ever made," it's probably true.
The 10-time world surfing champion has been teasing the surfing universe with mere glimpses of what's to come and today posted the accompanying video to his Facebook page. But it remains unclear when the Kelly Slater Wave Company technology is going to debut publicly, or become widely available as the champ strives to "recreate the surfing experience."
Those will be major steps toward introducing surfing to the landlocked masses if its purpose is not restricted to pro-level surfing; and for delivering the sport to a more mainstream audience and possibly, someday, to the Olympics.
If Slater's wave is that much better than artificial waves already featured at a sparse number of wave parks and resort hotels, surfing just might catch on in places where it presently does not exist.
Will an unlikely destination such as, say, Nebraska, someday produce a champion-caliber surfer? Probably not, but it will be interesting to see what kind of inroads Slater can make. He's done just about everything else he has set his mind to, so far.
"This is the future," he says in the video. "The wave I've been dreaming about my whole life."