Even as he travels from one perfect wave to the next, competing on pro surfingâ€™s world tour, 11-time world champion Kelly Slater makes sure to keep his eye on a handful of far-flung, secret spots â€” places where the wind and swell almost never come together, but when they do, erupt into ridiculous, drop-everything- and-go conditions. One of those spots is a remote reef break in the Marshall Islands, some 2,600 miles from Slaterâ€™s home in Hawaii, about halfway to the Philippines. There, when conditions are just right, open-ocean freight trains collide with a shelf about a quarter-mile offshore, creating perfect right-handed tubes that peel for hundreds of yards. And because the locals donâ€™t surf, itâ€™s just one empty wave after another after another. â€œWindâ€™s really critical, because itâ€™s generally not right for that place and the swell can be blocked by a number of different islands,â€ Slater says. â€œItâ€™s a very small window where it works.â€
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