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Kelly Slater’s immaculate wave pool

By now, the entire surfing world has heard about Kelly Slater’s immaculate wave pool. Soul-surfing qualms aside, the wave he created in a test pool in Lemoore, California, is perfect. Disgustingly so. There’s a good chance it will change the face of competitive surfing, and possibly create a whole new genre of the sport. But the amount of energy needed to created a wave that good is not a small thing. That’s why Kelly Slater Wave Company decided to partner with PG&E’s Solar Choice Program.

What that means, of course, is the the wave will be run off of 100% solar energy and emit zero greenhouse gasses. In the wake of California’s disastrous ongoing methane leak, it seems like a pretty good idea.

“This program allows Kelly Slater Wave Company to not only be a pioneer in wave technology,” said Noah Grimmett, General Manager of Kelly Slater Wave Company, “but also in supporting sustainable power initiatives as we act environmentally through an alternative to installing solar panels and fulfill our vision of building the best man-made wave.”

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