Surfing’s popularity has risen to new heights in recent years, with the World Surf League (WSL) and pro surfers gaining more attention than previously seen before.

 One of surfing’s most recognisable names: Kelly Slater, has helped this popularity’s momentum by building the world’s best wave pool, naming it the ‘Surf Ranch’.

 The Surf Ranch is a completely artificial, man-made wave pool located in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Using complicated fluid mechanics and engineering, Slater and his team have managed to pull off the seemingly perfect wave.

 Offering a range of options to suit each individual surfer, waves can be configured to become faster, slower, steeper or flatter depending on your individual skill level. The ability to change wave conditions, and choose barrelling waves or not, makes it ideal for all levels of surfers, pros included. With this, it’s no surprise the WSL have added the Surf Ranch as a new competition stage for 2018. 

 Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch isn’t open to the public just yet, but with wave pools looking to pop up across the United States, and other companies starting similar projects, it won’t be long until everyday surfers will be able to surf perfect waves for hours on end.