The facts and figures behind Kelly Slater's Surf Ranch

Welcome to Kelly Slater's Surf Ranch. Get ready to embark on a highly technical and scientific ride across the magnificent world of man-made waves.

The concept of the perfect wave has always been in the mind of the most successful pro surfer of all time. "I've been dreaming about this wave my whole life," Slater once admitted.

Could a human shape and mimic an ocean wave? How many variables should we consider to control the movement of a wave? Can waves be sculpted? How would you define a perfectly rideable wave?

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Andrew Cotton breaks back at Nazaré

Andrew Cotton suffered a serious back injury at Nazaré's Praia do Norte, in Portugal.

Local surfers believe Nazaré fired some of the biggest waves of the decade, as side-shore winds and a powerful NW swell channeled energy into Praia do Norte's underwater canyon.

Waves in the 35-foot range worked like a magnet, and the lineup was quickly invaded by big wave surfers and their support teams.

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What is kneeboarding?

Kneeboarding is a water boardsport that blends the characteristics of surfing, water skiing, and wakeboarding.

According to the history books, kneeboarding was invented by Southern California surfers and was first experimented in flat water surfaces as an alternative to wakeboarding, water skiing, and even barefooting.

Initially, surfers would get towed by recreation boats using rudimentary bellyboards, probably when the ocean was flat, and there were large bodies of water available in their areas.

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