The World Surf League held a research and development session and charity event at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, USA yesterday. It gave them the opportunity to test drive the new wave park technology as it strives to push performance in it’s new competitive format. And more importantly how will they broadcast the future events to the surfing public and what sort of spectator interaction can be created and what will the overall experience be. These are some of the important decisions the governing body of The World Surf League have to decide upon.
Having the ability to replicate, even partially the power and shape of wave park waves for anyone in the world, in any location and at any time is a truly magical thing, mentioned Sophie Goldsmith the new World Surf League chief executive officer.
The World Surf League intends to learn a lot from yesterday’s test run, about how this technology can be applied to live competition. How the surfers perform, how waves are scored, are some of the factors they have to consider among others.
The Surf Ranch played host to a cross section of some of the world’s best surfers which included. John John Florence Hawaii, Jordy Smith South Africa, Matt Wilkinson Australia, Adriano de Souza Brazil, Filipe Toledo Brazil, Gabriel Media Brazil, Joel Parkinson Australia, Adrian Buchanan Australia, Mick Fanning Australia, Kanoa Igarashi USA, Tyler Wright Australia, Stephanie Gilmour Australia, Carissa Moore Hawaii, Courtney Conlogue USA, Sage Erickson USA, Silvana Lima Brazil, Pauline Ado France and Johanne Defay France.
These international surfers acted as wave park test pilots for the competitive format with all prize money being donated to charity.