Sochi, Russia is getting a wave pool! Will the city produce future world champs?
The Olympics are a grand, theoretical prize for cities around the world. When the selection process is underway mayors, governors, even presidents/prime ministers strut their civic jewels in hopes of landing either the Winter or Summer Games and showcasing their goods to the world. The reality may be a bit less rosy, massive tax increases, waste, graft, white elephants left behind, but please! A few eggs must be broken to make an omelette.
I was at the last Winter Olympics in beautiful Sochi, Russia and it was marvelous. Vlad Putin threw his weight behind building projects, cleaning and restoration, paving, fixing etc. Billions of dollars were spent and hundreds of millions went missing, lining the pockets of Mr. Putin’s best friends.
I wrote about the adventure for Esquire magazine. You can read some here, if you are inclined. And if you are not, let me summarize. Sochi was amazing! Both the mountain area and the Black Sea town. So Russian, so fabulous.
And do you know what? It is going to get even more fabulous! Rumor has it that American Wave Machines is plopping a wave pool down in the Russian Riviera! How fun is the wave pool craze? Every city from Amsterdam to Zamboanga can buy into our surf game. In Sochi, I even went to a strange, fake palm tree lined indoor swim thing. Maybe the wave pool will be there. Maybe it already is.
How will Russian surfers perform? Wide stances, I would assume. Thick ankles and posteriors thrust out. Hard to knock off, I would imagine. Possible future world champs.