The Wave: In Pursuit of the Ocean's Greatest Furies

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Yellow Jersey, 2010 - Ocean waves - 326 pages
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In recent years waves have been recorded which are dramatically larger in size. They have the power to flatten oil rigs and sink supertankers; they seem to disobey the laws of physics, swelling when logic shows they should be running out of steam. These rogue waves have attracted an obsessive following of scientists, who seek to understand them, and of extreme surfers, looking to tame them. The author talks to the climatologists trying to unlock the causes of these waves, and looks at the danger they will wreak on our planet. Guided by Laird Hamilton, big-wave-rider extraordinaire, the author exposes a world of obsession and dare-devil surfing, a world filled with eccentric wave-hunters - both scientists and surfers - who are universally convinced that bigger waves are coming. And that they can ride them.

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User Review  - BraveNewBks - LibraryThing

So this book actually gave me nightmares... I dreamed I was on a long narrow boat, on a lovely blue sea, watching whales... when one leaped out of the water, and the resulting splash-down caused an ... Read full review

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User Review  - ginger.hewitt - LibraryThing

A little geology, a little geography, a little oceanography, a little history, and a whole lot of adreneline roll together to make a fun beach read. Really enjoyed this! Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Susan Casey is the editor in chief of O, The Oprah Magazine. She is the former editor in chief of Sports Illustrated Women and former development editor of Time Inc. She is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Outside, and National Geographic. She has written several books including The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks and Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins.

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