A handful of articles have been published over the last few years about Kelly Slater & co. working on models for an ‘endless barrel’. He’d always stressed that no matter what, whenever it was finished, he’d be the first one to ride it.

Yesterday, Slater realized his dream, a project some 9 years in the making. His team released video of his first ride on the kind of wave that all surfers dream about–an perfectly clean barrel that just keeps going and going for as long as you could ride it.

Over the last two decades, several different companies have tried various models and experiments for producing man made waves–such as the short breaks you find in wave pools.

None, however, were successful in creating truly powerful barreling shapes. As Kelly demonstrates above, this is a completely next-level tube. So exciting to see where this is headed.