The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean
From Susan Casey, bestselling author of The Devil’s Teeth, an astonishing book about colossal, ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out. For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dismissed these... show more
From Susan Casey, bestselling author of The Devil’s Teeth, an astonishing book about colossal, ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out. For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dismissed these stories—waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea—including several that approached 100 feet.As scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon, others view the giant waves as the ultimate challenge. These are extreme surfers who fly around the world trying to ride the ocean’s most destructive monsters. The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet. Casey follows this unique tribe of people as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100-foot wave.In this mesmerizing account, the exploits of Hamilton and his fellow surfers are juxtaposed against scientists’ urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves—from the tsunami that wiped out 250,000 people in the Pacific in 2004 to the 1,740-foot-wave that recently leveled part of the Alaskan coast.Like Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, The Wave brilliantly portrays human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious.
Publish date: 2010-09-14
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
Interesting and at times riveting, The Wave is the story of the ocean's giant and rogue waves -- and the people who try to surf them.Half the book focuses on the science of giant waves and their effects on coastal communities and shipping; the other half follows big wave surfing's best-known names a...
edited 3/12/11 to add references and some linksWe are surrounded by waves: electromagnetic, light, radio, and water. They can be helpful providing power, light and communication; but they can also carry unimaginable force. The science of waves and surf forecasting is relatively new. It began in ea...
It's no The Last Wave, but....Wait, I did that one. Casey should have gone whole hog with the rippers: this is a book about the sea via many (many, many) engagements with surfers mystically ('though also with brute physical consequence) climbing up huge-ass waves. Every other chapter circles 'roun...
The Wave is an action packed adventure book, much like Jon Krakauer's books, it will leave you breathless. There are lots of interesting facts about waves in general. I have lived in Huntington Beach, CA, for over 20 years and spend a few hours each week at the beach watching surfers at dog beach....
Size matters to Toronto-born Susan Casey, wave size that is. She is interested in the big kahunas of wave-dom, rogues, freaks, giants or monsters that rise a hundred feet or more above the surrounding water. Think The Perfect Storm. Then think bigger. Scientists once dismissed the notion of waves th...