Jan 15, 2019
OK, so 5 time F1 driving champion Lewis Hamilton gave Kelly Slater's aquatic brothel -- er, Wave Ranch -- a try. I have no idea how much surfing experience Hamilton has, but he looks pretty comfortable.
There are a couple of clips on his Instagram page, and he's gotten around a million views each thus far.
Here's one of the vids.
I was fine with all of it...until I saw Kelly and his posse in full wetsuits basking in a hot tub.
I don't consider myself any more or less a purist than most ocean surfers, but this is a bridge too far for me. It's indicative of why there's push back on the whole idea of wave pools dominating the media-driven aspects of surfing. Wave pool surfing is indeed a different sport, with a different lifestyle.