Big week ahead. #SurfRanch finally comes to life for all to see live. The first day i saw a wave on this property I was taken aback. ‘What have we done here and what does it mean for surfing? Is this the best thing ever or is it opening some weird door we can’t shut? Will people love it or hate us for it?’ They all ran through my head in that first minute, slow motion and fast forward working in unison. The debate shall continue on but there is no denying the stoke it gives those who ride it. When I envisioned this idea, I felt it was bigger than one person or company and it should be something everyone has a hand in on some level. Certain individuals stepped up to the plate back in 2006 and others were scared away. To my partners and our team...I thank you for having the original belief to make this a reality in our lifetimes when a lot of people wouldn’t take the risk. Most will never comprehend what it took to put this puzzle together. This was the scariest project I’ve ever been a part of but the rewards are far greater than I had realized they would be. I’m honored that many of the biggest legends of our sport will join the best surfers in the world in venturing to the middle of nowhere to celebrate it all this coming weekend. Thanks to everyone for their ideas, support, and opinions good and bad. I truly hope everyone gets to ride this thing or one of its future versions one day (unless you’re one of those guys who came here to moan about it!😀). ✌🏽 from L-R...Wild Rivers wave pool 1988, Allentown, PA 1985, @fredhemmings Tempe, AZ 1969, and a bunch of Surf Ranch the past few weeks. Check @gerglong getting spat out of his barrel! @bonfirebeachkids @noahgrimmett @shoulderhigh @wsl

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