Pro surfers hit artificial waves in the heat of the climate crisis
As the patterns in the Pacific Ocean begin to change, athletes are turning to surf parks to catch their big breaks.
Kelly Slater (left) and Bianca Valenti test the waves at Slater’s surf park in California. The facility is just one of many that have opened around the world to meet the demands of surfing and a quickly changing natural world.
Bianca Valenti belongs to a class of surfers that runs down monster waves, including the legendary Jaws break on Hawaii’s North Shore that sometimes delivers 60-foot swells. She’s also shredded waves around the tenth of that size at a popular surf spot in Lemoore, California, 100 miles away from the ocean.