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Surfing goes inland: Kelly Slater’s artificial waves push pro tour into uncharted waters

Putting a wave pool on the calendar might just change everything from coastal treasures to how we define surfing

Sun-bleached eyebrows were raised skyward when surfing’s professional body, the World Surf League, announced recently that a man-made wave on an inland lake in California would become stop number eight of the 2018 World Championship Tour.

Next year, the world’s top surfers will abandon the coast for the dusty town of Lemoore, almost 200 miles (300km) from the ocean, where the brainchild of 11-time world champion Kelly Slater lies at a place called Surf Ranch.

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