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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Charting the world's highest waves, rogue ripples one hundred feet high and more, Susan Casey demonstrates the ocean's power to awe and obliterate in THE WAVE. Casey traveled with pioneering oceanographers and surfers climbing to the edge of their sport in her research, seeking to understand a phenomenon that has only lately attracted serious notice. While monster surges of water have been the stuff of seafaring legend since ancients first sailed on ships, Casey points out that science has been slow to take notice. Meanwhile, a troupe of risk-taking adventurers may be the real experts of these momentary monuments on the water. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010.
- Science, Nature
- Earth Sciences / Oceanography, Waves + Wave Mechanics, Oceans + Seas
- September 14, 2010
- September 14, 2010
- Susan Casey
- Kirsten Potter (Narrator)
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