Watch: Stopping Over At Surf Abu Dhabi

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With a scheduled layover in Abu Dhabi, Dylan Graves casts for a nibble and receives an oversized bite. Lands himself on Hudayriyat Island to watch Slater's first wave at his second pool, even gets a few runs of the tub himself.

In this clip it's easy to see the wave is slightly larger than Lemoore and arguably hollower, though of equal interest are the pulled back shots that show the whitewater quickly reforming into deep water. What follows is another marked difference from Lemoore: The whitewater backs off then reforms on the inside in a beginners wave, increasing the overall wave count and making it more accesible to outright learners.

This is, no doubt, a result of the 'W' reef shape seen in the aerial view of the pool [Editor's Note: Did you already explain this TBB? Can't recall...]



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BBrowny Tuesday, 21 Nov 2023 at 7:41am

One video from the wilds of Shipstern Bluff the next one from the most artificial wave in the world. Crazy world.

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Craig Tuesday, 21 Nov 2023 at 8:33am

You can also see at 5:44s the water surging and running into the gutter, reducing reverb and reflecting waves once the main wave has passed. I.e. quicker reset times.

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wally Tuesday, 21 Nov 2023 at 9:26am

I’m a little surprised they haven’t made more of an effort to make the wave maker, the hydrofoil, a bit more visually pleasing.
They could paint it a more pleasant colour, or paint it to look like a choo choo train or a viking longboat.

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Jono Tuesday, 21 Nov 2023 at 9:29am

Haa good call, possibly with an effigy of KS as the train driver, or the viking captain.

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zenagain Tuesday, 21 Nov 2023 at 12:06pm

They could do a Thomas and change it to Kellys face.

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basesix Tuesday, 21 Nov 2023 at 12:24pm

haha, terrifying!
(Get On the Abudhabi Train)

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Gowsa Tuesday, 21 Nov 2023 at 10:00am

Will the Arabas will throw some money at the WSL to host an event ?

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stinky_wes Tuesday, 21 Nov 2023 at 11:30am

With seemingly endless funding, could they possibly have created a second pool on the other side of the hydrofoil to create a mirror image wave? It would double the amount of waves for a similar energy input

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Godarren Tuesday, 21 Nov 2023 at 12:42pm

Hmmmm - that view down the line of the mechanical beast is way too far removed from how I derive my core enjoyment from surfing and being in the salty brine.

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Roadkill Tuesday, 21 Nov 2023 at 12:42pm

I look forward to the Abu Dhabi woman's open.

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Gowsa Tuesday, 21 Nov 2023 at 3:54pm

Abu Dhabi Open....It will be like the Tennis
The Women only have to catch 3 waves to the mens 5 waves.....
For the same prize money.

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rob tas Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023 at 7:26am

there are different perspectives on women in the UAE (this is the big worry - i.e. will Steph be the last woman to surf the wave? will UAE women get in there?)

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wally Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023 at 9:16am

It is quite OK for non-Muslim women to wear a bikini at resort pools in the UAE so the wave pool should be no problem. I don’t know the pool rules for Muslim women.

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dawnperiscope Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023 at 9:19am

Can't see it being an issue for WSL or UAE. Will be a case of...
"These are my beliefs and morals, but if we can make money together, I have others."

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Bungan33 Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023 at 9:38am

Wave Pool Project Team Meeting #1 - Ideation Phase: Transcript.
"Hey....I know the planets burning due to fossil fuel use, and economic disparity and elitism makes me uncomfortable, and the disconnection between humans and nature is at the core of our existential and ecological problems......but Ive got this great idea...."

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udo Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023 at 11:30am

@29 mins .....a bit on Slaters Future Wave Park Dreams...

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basesix Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023 at 5:31pm

Following Greg Norman empire model I reckon, more than 10% of GN courses are in florida ; ) -100 wave pools by age 70

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Andrew P Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023 at 12:16pm

My overwhelming thought watching that vid - Where's ELo?

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zenagain Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023 at 1:48pm

Plotting his revenge?

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023 at 2:16pm

It's wot ya don't see over & over that tells the story...

400m distant speck of desert grit Gold Medal Claim ain't gonna be tossin' apple watches to Gromz.

There is nowhere else to squint a GOAT's rear view splash but from risking the wild pool side.
Whole town flees the $Gazillion Wave Palace to line the bore shore like sacrificial Village Idiots.
All refuse to notice that subtle telltale wet patch crossing the path at base of Lifeguard Stand.

All can time Demo wave to Kelly's Wave (Whole 1 second Slower from White > Red flags)
Modon Pool Test Bully knows Kelly's Wave is packing & sees this wave coming over the path.

Exactly were Billabong Bath Robed Kaseberger sandaled Grom Prince is droolin' over his pet Goat.
Dylan susses it as Modon Pool Bully's eyes are firmly fixed on whip tail of incoming Clean up set.
Watch as Modon Pool Bully leans in further > further > Oh shit...Hey Boss!
See Pool Boy 2 has his back to the wave...Gets his wake up call a second too late...Bummer!

(Plan B) Dylan takes the hint & instinctively absolves himself by swinging back to Star of the show Kelly.
Seconds on...that too is off limits...Whole show goes blank until the crew mop up the mess.

Minutes later ... we pick up the GOAT on his comeback special.
Let's see if Dylan can get a full run this time...(Cross fingers!)

Return Left...Sheiks have retired to launder their Billabong wading Robes/Spongy Kaseberger Sandals.
Flood survivors camp behind pool as Kelly passes...again just as wave teams ashore...(Censor #2)

Olympic Gods crash on first rides (So no need to edit out their Right hand shories)
Olympic Gods go Left...(Shorie is edited out. + Shorie is edited out again!)

Dylan goes undercover for inside scoop on shore wotz with GOAT's Shorie Phobia.
Not once but twice > Pool Bully Kelly bumps Dylan's rides 10 Pillars short of Shorie.

Only at very end of film is one rear far off distant rear blip shot of Kelly hummin' a Left ashore...
We all see wave keeps runnin' where it's supposed to be dead already.
Sure! Can double Check Dylan's Pov Barrel with view of Tyres piled up for Jet Ski ejection seat.

So why all these Shorebreak censors on Dylan's wave pool flick?
No way was he leaving the compound with any contraband Shorebreak footage.

All plainly see Kelly's heavy salty brew is rolling in harder & heavier than desired...
Check anywhere anytime & the Pool is bubbling over...easily go bigger but Pool can't contain this lot!

Stu & crew instinctively know such as Stu included the Bonus Pro [L] Big W surf vid...Run! Run faster!

Being serious...Grom'z Mum weeps as her son is rag dolled into Ready Mix Fillets...Help! Please HELP!
Coach : 'The Grom Prince has got huge potential as the next Golden Breed Fish Finger!"
Abu Dhabi Beginners win Swift Water Rescue Bravery Awards if they Survive the Killer wading pool!

Pool Rules : [ Pro Show Ponies gotta remove leggies before Death Spiralling into Gromz Malestrom ]
Pro River Bore sacrificerz are droolin' at Kelly's overbite....Yes Please Master! Pick Me! Pick Me!

Big W promise of Beginner waves is looking absolutely terrifying...just lost another one...Bummer!
Modon ain't got no fancy official World Surfing Insurance don't need any crime scenes as yet!

So are these Hyper Powered Wave Pools a new fad...Hell No! Thank God! Quit droolin'

1936 Portobello's Wave Pool God Brownie regurgitated waves half way back for a massive rip bowl.
1981 Class Action Park was a Deadly Grom Killing Tidal Grave Pool.(Correct titles) Closed forever!
1986 Canada's Wave Mall God > Bone Crushing Blue Thunder...(Real Name) Was stripped of Powers!
2010 Canada's Toxic Calypso Soup Bowl has relentless head dunking Chlorine Burns! (Can't breathe!)
2018 Surf Lakes God Bobs his 5 Waves but rebounds more...Oops! My Bad!"
2019 Shuiyun Wave Pool Tsunami wipes out 44 Super Cute Pool Toys + their bloodied owners!
2023 Surf Abu Dhabi invites sacrificial River Bore servants to 7th Heaven...No double dipping!

So what happens when a Chick Surfer overpowers all yer Wave Pools & Grom & Instructor...[SOS]
Ya don't wanna know! Look away Gromz...Terrifying being owned & shamed forever by yer mates!
Talkin' bout the poor Instructor...Ain't no compo gonna get him back in the Waves! Can shove #%*!

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 22 Nov 2023 at 5:13pm

Stu is onto the Big W specials
This contraband Stab Vid bookends the front end right view of Stu's contraband vid

Gonna need better eyes than wot tbb is pickin' up here...feel free to explain what ya see..
Once again it's Medina up & riding backhand on the inside Split wave...
Seems to be shredding the inside bank...alongside the Jet Ski...


Now check Stu's Big W (Above) See the inside bank start to fire surfers are whipped along.
Pretty much kicks in @ Main View HQ...
We could be fooled into thinking Stu's vid is just a rogue over-crowded mess of fun spoiled by Jet Ski!

We would be revisit the Stab vid to see that this inside is a hollow critter with purpose.
See 2 surfers ripping clear face on same wave.
Inside bank repeats Barrel > Ramp > Barrel > Ramp...
C'mon...need yer help here...crew please tell us wot tbb can't see...get on it!

What Stu + Stab vids show is 2x Comp standard rides...
Pro / Intermediate > way to too quick for Hodad Cruiser Wave
Seems that Medina keeps back-dooring impossible sections...

All makes sense that Kelly has chosen Pro Test Pilots to forge out the Big W banks...
If this Park is overheating then he needs some fine tuning real fast so called for the best...
Like fine tuning these inside ramps into back doors...coz that's exactly what that looks like...

Kelly has hired Medina as his Ranch Tractor to plough the Big W specials..planting seeds along the way!
Medina can give it to him straight about what angle / Ballast works best in record time...
The best Wave Model to feed live Data to like minded Pro Wave Shaper on same wavelength.
Crew know...they're cutting out the middle men from A-B...Winging it to Opening day. Gotta move it!
Medina reports back to pinpoint the strawberry patch > Rough end of the Pineapples...
Once all the Sweet Spots are loaded in ...then iron out the fades & let the Ai do the match making...simple!

Harvest to Plate...not now Luv...still too busy harvesting Waves...Kelly's a slave driver! Killing Me!

Strictly Not a beginner Wave nor cruiser banks reform from this Pro Wave Session...
tbb admits to thinking the inside would be weakened to fire up a beginner wave...Not so!

See Stu's Vid...that inside is whipping faster than head of wave...full on speed run. No [L] here Today!

Ok! tbb will exploit locals only powers...Inside Grom's Snapper runner smoking Pro's WOTD.
Both on winners...exactly like that...everyone thinking...Fuck that cheeky Grom stole that from me!

In short the head of Wave races to 2/3 then Speed Skater Whips the tail wide on polished cement...
Reckon all can relate to being whipped or whipping another...coz that water is sluicing fast.
tbb reckons that's definitely a Pro / intermediate Grom cereal bowl...
Hodad would have no hope plucking a winner from Lusty inside Grom Pack...

All see Learners & Hodads are too weak & would get minced alive...that's an upper tier Grom wave!
Clever crew will trace the deeper Ski Path which is shaping up the "Speeding Slab" product...
Possibly pull back a gear or two on lead wave "Dad's on the dreamboat + Son is mowing him down!"

This is where the crew come tbb's eyes can't pick up Gabe's hot moves...
Hard to tell if this is rippable but it does seem vert enough...also get slotted for a good while...
tbb still thinks the idea is to light up 3 inner banks each way of varying Foil angle and Speed...

At this point ( Too early) Seems fair to assume Stu is exampling the Dad & Son Duelling Wave.
Dad's wave will slow a little to ramp a clear face on junior's sling shot piggy back...
Make dad feel like a Boss Hog Wave God...
D'ya see me stall son to give extra speed to make that barrel...I'm the real Pro son...Yer Wave God!
Like Grom just believe's what shit Dad cool, thanks Dad! My Hero!
See...exactly like the whip skater...

Question...Is it Kelly's intention or indeed possible for these riders to switch at 'sweet spot'

Asking that coz Big wave has to smooth out evenly to allow inside to fire up evenly
Kinda like 2 Outer bank surfers Xing Middle Break lines then cutting back opposite directions. Doable!
That would be yer all things being equal reformed (Sweet Spot)
Dad bulks down on deep low carve back under as Son flies ski high to zoom skate the ramp until the clear face.
Done! Freaky Friday! Both Jump the Shark! Dad is skatin' like a Punk Grom as Grom is now sailing like a Pro

Can tbb give us an Oldschool Demo on just how this freaky shit is supposed happen! (Cough!)

Coz that would be so cool for tandem / Tag Comps...Coz there's plenty of ride time to consider that!
Celebrity Family Feud Wave Duels...Goth Grom trail-blazed Steam Punk Dad...Toot! Toot! Pops!
Pretty sure a US Family Wave Pool did some Local Celeb goofball shit like this! Game on!

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TobiasK Thursday, 23 Nov 2023 at 7:39am

Here's a tip:
I Kelly Slater agrees to let you come and do a promotional vlog about the first trial of his new wave pool in the Middle East, invest in a tripod!
Dude, they're about $100.

Why do you want to hurt me?

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Logical_man2 Thursday, 23 Nov 2023 at 12:46pm

********** BOYCOTT ********************

" According to human rights organisations, the government of the UAE violates a number of fundamental human rights. The UAE does not have democratically elected institutions and citizens do not have the right to change their government or to form political parties. Activists and academics who criticize the regime are detained and imprisoned, and their families are often harassed by the Govt"

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freeride76 Thursday, 23 Nov 2023 at 12:50pm

Wavepools were always going to end up in this terrain.

Either beholden to dodgy real estate deals between developers and councils, scrutinised for their enviromental footprints, or becoming the playthings of rich middle eastern petro-states or billionaires.

It's kind of sad that this will be Slater's enduring legacy.

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Roadkill Thursday, 23 Nov 2023 at 1:38pm
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Komodo Thursday, 23 Nov 2023 at 8:38pm

Flicking the lure!

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udo Friday, 1 Dec 2023 at 12:58pm

"Movie Star Chris Hemsworth Surfs Kelly Slater's Exclusive New Wave Pool"

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truebluebasher Sunday, 3 Dec 2023 at 4:07pm

Surf Lakes Dingo Cave Grom kept tunnelling clear thru to the Centre of The pitted!

God of Thunder sets free his Canaries in the Goldmine to sound out the Tunnels.