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Monday, October 30, 2017

Florida is finally getting a Kelly Slater wave pool

Posted By on Mon, Oct 30, 2017 at 11:48 AM

  • Photo via Kelly Slater/Instagram
Florida's surfing community is about to get pitted.

Legendary pro surfer Kelly Slater announced he will be building a surf ranch in Palm Beach, according to an Instagram post from his account.

In the post, the 11-time World Surf League champ stated he had obtained a building permit in Palm Beach County. Construction on the wave park will begin in 2018, with a projected opening date in 2019, according the the Palm Beach Post.

The surf park will have a specially engineered wave pool that allows surfers to ride the longest open-barrel man-made wave in the world. Slater first shared his work on developing artificial waves in 2015, after 10 years of working on the project.

"I’m beyond proud and stoked to see the first of our developments at @kswaveco going to my home state of #Florida," Slater said in his Instagram post. "I keep joking about it but it might be true that now I can move back home now and surf as much as I want! Cannot wait to see a bunch more stoked people riding waves. This is gonna be fun."

The @kswaveco throwing me some shade a few days ago! I’m at a loss for words with this place. #The🤙🏽Machine keeps delivering. I’ve seen and heard the best memories of people’s lives being created during its short lifespan. People have said over and over it was the best day of their lives (and I won’t name names but a couple of them might even be married with kids! 😃) There is nothing better than helping create something people even think that about. Thank you to my team. Thank you to everyone who has shared this idea and vision and the stoke around it with us. We hope to share it with everyone who wants to ride it one day soon so we’ll keep working to make that a reality. Thanks for the frame grab @hunterainslie but I wish you had faith in me and kept filming! That was a good one. We’ll just have to do it again.

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He also thanked Palm Beach County Mayor Mary Lou Berger and city commissioners for their approval and support of the project, with whom he posed with in the posted image.

The location is about 100 miles away from the 11-time World Surf League Champ's hometown of Cocoa Beach.

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