SUP Surfing the Kelly Slater Wave Pool

Video courtesy of the World Surf League (WSL) /Ian Cairns

Almost two years ago the Kelly Slater Wave Company revealed the most perfect man-made wave the world has ever seen. Watching Slater surf it for the first time was surreal, a display we really needed to see to believe. Two years later we heard word of Ian Cairns—legendary Australian surfer and SUP coach—standup paddle surfing that very same wave, and the news had a similar feel; we needed to see it to believe it. We called in the clip and it was delivered (courtesy of the World Surf League/Ian Cairns) and sure enough, Ian Cairns recently became the first guest of the Kelly Slater Wave Company to SUP surf the wave. Which begs the question: who will be the first standup paddler to actually get barrelled there? Suppose we’ll just have to wait and see it to believe it.

Watch pros SUP surfing the Wadi Adventure Park Wave in the United Arab Emirates.