“Surfers have dreamed of creating the ultimate wave machine. The perfect setup would take surfing to every town in America and make the sport as mainstream as soccer.” That was Kelly Slater back in 2003. Today, that wave machine is up and running, but it’s unclear whether other surfers see the innovation as a dream or a nightmare. Perhaps the best surfing-writer ever on the best surfer ever and his quest to find the perfect wave, everywhere. The New Yorker: Kelly Slater’s Shock Wave.