Everyone who has seen the Surf Ranch has a pretty strong opinion about it. Whether you love it or boil over in loathing, the truth is - it's here to stay.
The WSL has invested X amount of cash into this man-made machination. So there needs to be tangible return at some point - and that means there's going to be even more Ranch. Regardless of how our collective community feels about hosting a CT event in a pool, we have to remember that it's the pros who will have some sway in the direction of the tour. With that in mind, we asked them exactly how they feel about the wave, and Ranch, in general. Here's what they had to say.
It's insane. Definitely the new era of surfing. The tech is insane. It's that perfect wave we dream about. Grateful for Kelly and everyone creating this.
It's fun but it is difficult. It's not like riding a normal wave. Squeezing into some of the sections is hard but if you connect the ride then it's fun and the barrel's always great. You know, it's pretty mellow only a couplea foot.
We really want to build in big ramp sections. Maybe multiple ones on the wave so you have to do something big – maybe just for the fun factor, would be good for people to say, yeah, I've done an 8 foot air. It'll take some work.
It's a great opportunity to push ourselves and have a bit of fun. Next year, I think it'll be even better. This is my first time really competing in the pool and I've still got a lot to learn. I like the right. The left needs a little bit more improvement. It's still fun, but sometimes it just does weird stuff, but that's what the ocean does, you gotta adapt.
For me, I've seen it since the first generation. Day one. End of 2014, that was a while ago. The surrounds have changed and it's blown me away. I'm amazed by it all. The filtration system, the machine, the concrete. They've done an amazing job. The wave is insane. They're pretty much water bending, controlling the water. It's amazing to see how consistent it is. It excites me for the future of surfing.
Overall, the first time you see it, it's kind of scary, because you don't really know what to expect. It was a fun event and it's a part of history and hopefully next year it'll be better. The right and the left are different because of the wind. The right barrel is more open. On the left, I don't think you need the last section, the last barrel, maybe an air section or more turns.
I think it's an amazing project. But, also, there's a lot of improvements that need to be made. Like, the size of the wave. Some guys might like it that small. But it's tiny, that end section, you have to be super small to cram into it. But, saying that, it is the best small wave in the world. To be honest, it might be a little too early to have a world tour event at the ranch with the wave the size it is now. Thinking the other way though, I guess it's going to get better and better and better.
Cover shot by Miah Klein