The science of Kelly's wave pool - video
Science Magazine has crafted this explanatory video of the mechanics of Kelly's wave pool. It's a little light on for details, many of the specifics have been covered in comments sections of past articles but here it is all packaged together...well, most of it.
The narrator ends the clip on an unwittintingly philosophical note: "As artificial as it may be," says the breathless fella, "Kelly's wave is redefining the search for the perfect wave."
And he's right, because the wave pool industry is heating up with numerous operators vying for patents to improve wave shape. How much the surfing community values fake waves over nature remains to be seen.
In twenty years from now will a perfect wave pool be part of the litany that includes Malibu, Cape St Francis, Pipeline, Kirra, Teahupoo, Macaronis...?