In 2017 the World Surf League removed a natural wonder of a wave, Lower Trestles in San Clemente, from the World Championship Tour. The Freshwater Pro, held in the desert at Kelly Slater’s artificial wave pool in Lemoore—100 miles from the California coast—replaced it. Together we can bring surfing back to the ocean, where it […]
The World Championship Tour surfing contest in Leemore, California is far different from the Arizona wave pool depicted in the cinematic surf cult-classic, “North Shore” but the entire WCT event feels like mere theater as opposed to cut-throat competition amongst the world’s most ruthless rippers. Lance Burkhart watches from home and laughs as Rick Cain gets rewarded title points.