Ghost Wave: The Discovery of Cortes Bank and the Biggest Wave on Earth

Front Cover
Chronicle Books, Oct 21, 2011 - Travel - 272 pages
0 Reviews
Rising from the depths of the North Pacific lies a fabled island, now submerged just 15 feet below the surface of the ocean. Rumors and warnings about Cortes Bank abound, but among big wave surfers, this legendary rock is famous for one simple (and massive) reason: this is the home of the biggest rideable wave on the face of the earth. In this dramatic work of narrative non-fiction, journalist Chris Dixon unlocks the secrets of Cortes Bank and pulls readers into the harrowing world of big wave surfing and high seas adventure above the most enigmatic and dangerous rock in the sea. The true story of this Everest of the sea will thrill anyone with an abiding curiosity of and respect for mother ocean.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Acknowledgments
6
The Ghost Wave
8
Once Upon an Island
19
Pawns to Bishop Rock
29
The Kings of Abalonia
57
Rogue Waves
77
Making the Call
90
At Arms Length
99
On the Shoulders of Giants
163
Mutiny on the Bounty
186
Trifling with the Almighty
216
Afterword
249
Endnotes
259
Epilogue
273
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
279
Chronicle Ebooks
281

The Prisoners
121

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

Chris Dixon's work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Outside, Men's Journal, Surfer, and Surfer's Journal. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

Bibliographic information