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Florida may surf the world’s first Kelly Slater wave pool

And the first Kelly Slater artificial wave park goes to… The champ’s home state. The Kelly Slater Wave Co. (KSWC) is planning the opening of its first man-made surf pool in Palm Beach, Florida, just 120 miles away from the founder’s hometown of Cocoa Beach. The Surf Ranch Florida application was filed by a planning and landscape architecture firm. If approved by Palm Beach County, the 80-acre project will be built within the Palm Beach Park of Commerce. 

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Tight battles in the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast

Competition heats up at Snapper Rocks, as the world’s best surfers battle for a spot in Round 4 of the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, in Australia. With the famous right-hander peeling down the line in the three-to-five foot range, John John Florence unleashed his technical experience to defeat Mikey Wright in Round 3. “Mikey Wright is such a gnarly competitor especially. That wave I got was smaller, which is why Mikey didn’t take it knowing there was time left. It had a nice long wall, so I got to surf the whole way through and had a few barrels,” explained the 2016 world champion.

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Everything you need to know about Thomas Edison’s 1906 surf film

In 1906, Thomas A. Edison released “Hawaiian Islands.” The silent, black-and-white film features what is considered by many historians the oldest surf footage ever found. It is also the first flick featuring surfers riding surfboards. With over 30 chapters or scenes, the movie includes three segments that clearly reveal the importance of surf-related activities in Hawaiian and Polynesian culture: “Panoramic View | Waikiki Beach Honolulu,” “Surf Board Riders | Waikiki Honolulu,” and “Surf Scenes | Waikiki Honolulu.” Yes, the inventor of the light bulb was also a filmmaker. In fact, Edison’s film studio produced nearly 1,200 movies since it started in 1894.

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Bowie Pollard triumphs in the Noosa Festival of Surfing 2017

Style, grace, camaraderie, and good vibes. The Noosa Festival of Surfing 2017 concluded at First Point, Queensland, with a feeling of wanting more. Longboarders have always stepped aside from the idea of high-performance surfing. When you’re hanging five and ten, you learn to appreciate the moment, and the focus is less on execution. And that’s precisely what the Noosa Festival of Surfing is all about, even if in some years the waves and the winds don’t fully cooperate with the riders.

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Bowie Pollard triumphs in the Noosa Festival of Surfing 2017

What are capillary waves?

The most common source of swell is mid-latitude depression. When the wind blows over the ocean, energy is transferred from air to water and waves are generated. Capillary waves represent the initial stage of wave generation. They are the first waves produced by small vortices in a completely flat sea, and they have a very short wavelength. Perhaps the best way of exemplifying the capillary wave is imagining a simple hairdryer, which can switch itself on and off about once a second.

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