“This is head and shoulders over what people have seen before,” said Dave Prodan, spokesman for the World Surf League. “I think the excitement is around — wow — this is really getting close to replicating the energy that we see at some of the world’s best waves of that size.”

tube-wave-tico-mae-retreatsThe biggest appeal of an artificial wave such as the one that Slater is riding is the chance to give surfers time “inside the tube.”