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The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

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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 100foot 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.

Synopsis:

Traces the recent discovery of physics-defying ocean waves at heights previously thought impossible, describing the efforts of the scientific community to understand the phenomenon, the pursuits of extreme surfers to ride dangerously large waves and the destructive capabilities of tsunamis. 250,000 first printing.

About the Author

SUSAN CASEY, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Devil’s Teeth, is the Editor-in-Chief of O, the Oprah Magazine, and has also served as creative director of Outside magazine.

Table of Contents

The grand empress — Broken skulls — Schrodinger's wave — Karma, tiger sharks, and the golden carrot — Wave good-bye — Mavericks — "I never saw anything like it" — Killers — Heavy weather — Egypt — Out, way out, on the Cortes bank — The wild coast — At the edge of the horizon.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307715838
Subtitle:
In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author:
Casey, Susan
Author:
Susan Casey
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Nature : Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Nature : Ecology
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Waves & Wave Mechanics
Subject:
Surfing
Subject:
Audio Books-Nonfiction
Subject:
Audio Books-Oceanography
Subject:
Audio Books-Science
Subject:
Nature Studies-Ocean and Marine Biology
Subject:
Oceanography-General
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Subject:
Travel : Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
Nature : Ecosystems & Habitats - Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Sports and Fitness - Water Sports
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-SCIENCE
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100914
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
326

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Ocean and Marine Biology
Science and Mathematics » Oceanography » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics » General
Sports and Outdoors » Outdoors » Lore and Survival
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Water Sports » Surfing

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