Florida is finally getting a Kelly Slater wave pool


  • Photo via Kelly Slater/Instagram
Florida's surfing community is about to get pitted.

Legendary pro surfer Kelly Slater announced he will be building a surf ranch in Palm Beach, according to an Instagram post from his account.

In the post, the 11-time World Surf League champ stated he had obtained a building permit in Palm Beach County. Construction on the wave park will begin in 2018, with a projected opening date in 2019, according the the Palm Beach Post.

The surf park will have a specially engineered wave pool that allows surfers to ride the longest open-barrel man-made wave in the world. Slater first shared his work on developing artificial waves in 2015, after 10 years of working on the project.

"I’m beyond proud and stoked to see the first of our developments at @kswaveco going to my home state of #Florida," Slater said in his Instagram post. "I keep joking about it but it might be true that now I can move back home now and surf as much as I want! Cannot wait to see a bunch more stoked people riding waves. This is gonna be fun."
He also thanked Palm Beach County Mayor Mary Lou Berger and city commissioners for their approval and support of the project, with whom he posed with in the posted image.

The location is about 100 miles away from the 11-time World Surf League Champ's hometown of Cocoa Beach.