The Wave

The Wave

In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean

Large Print - 2011 | Large print ed
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For centuries, mariners spun tales of rogue waves over one hundred feet high and scientists dismissed them. Then a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of mammoth waves. As scientists scramble to understand these destructive monsters, others fly around the world in search of them. Susan Casey juxtaposes the exploits of Laird Hamilton and his fellow extreme surfers against scientists' urgent efforts to understand the annihilating power of waves.
Publisher: Detroit : Thorndike Press, 2011, c2010
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410434036
Branch Call Number: LP 551.463 C2686W 2010
LP 551.463 C2686W 2010
Characteristics: 551 p. (large print) : ill., maps ; 23 cm


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This book is scary, and it’s not fiction. Susan Casey, author of The Devil’s Teeth, spent time with both scientists and surfers in pursuit of monster waves – waves so big they can demolish oil rigs, swallow tankers, or furnish the ride of a lifetime for a surfer, if he survives. Researching the whys and hows of these immense, unpredictable renegades, Casey uncovers some very frightening realities. Giant waves are increasing in size and frequency as ocean levels rise. Add to the mix that most of the world’s largest cities are located in coastal regions, and you have a horror story in the making. I really like this nonfiction tsunami of information and entertainment – a great read to get your feet wet in the science and lore of these rogue swells. (submitted by KP)

Nov 07, 2017

A totally fascinating book and very well written. Highly recommended.

Jul 30, 2016

Long the yarn of those who go down to the ocean and return to tell tall tales of things terrible, waves, especially rogue waves are not, it appears, the stuff of fiction but, rather, the stuff of science. These mammoth waves destroy ocean going vessels as though they were match sticks; they are capable of reaching far inland washing away entire cities; and yet they can be the delight of those who ride these waves, the surfer.
Wave is eminently readable yet highly informative. It is written by two story tellers: one is a fan of surfing, the other is a clear-eyed investigator of waves. And both are the same person. This book deserves your attention.

Jul 20, 2016

I wish the book was more about the science of waves and less about the surfing. The author goes into so much detail about the surfers: their clothes, their language, etc. I wish things had been more balanced.

PimaLib_ErikaJ Jun 04, 2015

Completely amazing. Susan Casey terrifies with descriptions of giant waves and the daredevil elite who attempt to surf them without dying horribly. If you have a vivid imagination and also suffer from bathophobia (fear of deep water), or specifically cymophobia (fear of waves), this book might be too intense for you!

Jul 23, 2014

One of the best books I've ever read! I love how it compares two different points of view on big waves - the surfers, and the scientists. Definitely an exciting read.

May 12, 2013

This is a great mix of surfing and science. It puts all the latest science together journalistic style. I loved the research that was done on rogue waves and giant waves. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the ocean, physics or surfing.

JCLBarbG Mar 27, 2013

Great book for a mixed, female/male book club. Those of us from the Beach Boys era enjoyed the scientist meets surfer aspect.

Aug 15, 2012

I now know more about surfing then I ever thought possible! THought she could do a little less on the surfing - more about other effects of the waves - such as lost ships, tsunamis, etc.

BPLNextBestAdults Nov 15, 2011

Toronto-born journalist and author, Susan Casey tells the stories of big wave surfers and oceanographers, from Hawaii to Alaska to the tip of Africa. The book reveals the science of waves, i.e. giant water (the largest wave ever recorded is 1740 feet high!) including the challenges waves pose to shipping, and the stories of a group of surfers she shadowed for her story. She also interviews scientists exploring the danger that global warming will bring us more and larger waves. She makes the world of big wave surfers and the jargon of physicists engaging. It was interesting to join the world’s legendary surfers in their world. An approachable, engaging read. For more about the author:

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