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  USA's Kelly Slater performs during the third round of Tahiti's surf event, part of the ASP world tour on September 1, 2010 in Teahupoo Tahiti, French Polynesia.
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USA's Kelly Slater performs during the third round of Tahiti's surf event, part of the ASP world tour on September 1, 2010 in Teahupoo Tahiti, French Polynesia.

The tradition of waiting for the weather to bring the perfect wave to a beach near you may be about to end, if pro-surfer Kelly Slater has a say about it.

These days, if you want to practice surfing, you need to watch weather conditions at your local beach and hope that the waves agree with your schedule.

That tradition may be about to change. Pro surfer Kelly Slater and his team have developed the most advanced version of an artificial wave pool ever seen.

In a four minute video, Slater showed off a wave that his device created. It's roughly the size of a surfer and retains a shape that gives the surfer continuous speed and power.

Dave Prodan, spokesman for the World Surf League, spoke with Alex Cohen about what the reaction has been like from the surfing community and what this could mean for the next generation up-and-coming surfers.

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