Should Olympic Surfing Competitions Be Held On Artificial Waves

Should Olympic Surfing Competitions Be Held On Artificial Waves

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Should Olympic Surfing Competitions Be Held On Artificial Waves

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Compelling case for Olympic surfing competitions to be held on manmade waves by the folks over at Surf Lakes. Surf Lakes uses concentric swells to create up to 5 levels of waves simultaneously, which would provide a variety of conditions for athletes to display their skills. I could imagine a quidditch style arena with raised spectator seating surrounding the entire wavepool. Definitely removes variables of wave selection which plays into traditional competitions held in the ocean but there’s the upside of reliability and “fairness.” 1999 World Surfing Champion Mark Occhilupo & his son Jay Occhilupo share their thoughts from a competitors perspective:

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