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The World’s Largest Man-Made Wave Is Coming to the California Desert

Surfing News
by Eben Diskin Feb 26, 2020

Waves and desert might sound like polar opposites, but champion surfer Kelly Slater is bringing the two together in a big way. The Kelly Slater Wave Company is taking part in a project to build the world’s largest man-made wave in the California desert, which will let surfers ride a massive open-barrel wave located nowhere near the ocean.

The wave will be located on a 400-acre site in La Quinta, California, at the base of Coral Mountain and will include a resort, private club, dining venues, adventure sports facilities, and residential homes. The wave basin itself will house 18 million gallons of water, accommodating around 25 surfers — five on the main wave and 10 each on smaller waves.

Construction on the wave will start in early 2021 and is slated for completion sometime in 2022.

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