Slater gets wave pool patent
By Alex Lemonde-Gray
Coming right on the heels of his record-breaking eleventh world title, Kelly Slater has tallied yet another victory, this time though he's not hoisting a shiny trophy but a rivalry-igniting patent.
In 2008, Slater launched the Kelly Slater Wave Company with the goal of "making a world-class surfing experience accessible to the sport's enthusiasts across the globe." Historically, past wave pools have failed to re-create the conditions surfers' desire. Slater, however, promised that his company could create "ocean-type waves" for surfers of any skill level.
On Oct. 24 CBS News aired a 6-minute segment with Slater, which included a visit to the KSWC's California-based scale-model testing facility. This was quickly followed by a promotional KSWC video (above), released days before the surfer earned his 11th ASP World Title, in which Slater claims: "This is the future. This is the wave I've been dreaming of my whole life."