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Waves and beaches: The dynamics of the ocean surface Hardcover – January 1, 1980


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  • Hardcover: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Press; Revised edition (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385148453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385148450
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is an essential read for anyone who surfs, or is just an avid beach-goer. The author is an absolute master of the subject,and has included a wealth of information, based on theory, statistics, and anecdotal observation . With regard to surfers specifically, Dr. Bascom provides clear and concise information as to why waves form, and why they act the way they do. Being a surfer for 35 years myself, I find it amazing how many others of my ilk do not understand the physics of waves.This book makes it all clear. I truly lament the fact that is out of print.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 1999
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Bascom is concise, accurate, humorous, amazing. He knows his subject of waves and beaches. The book clearly depicts how waves work at sea and on beaches. It contains great photos and a funny description of surfer talk. A must get for all surfers, kayakers, and amateur oceanographers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2000
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I re-read this book every summer for for years, and it still goes with me to the beach for consultation. My enjoyment of being at the shore has been enormously improved by what I learned from Bascom. I see much more: I understand the changing slope of the beach, how to identify the rip tide locations, and why the ocean changes the way it does day by day. A fascinating and worthwhile book. I wish they'd re-release it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2001
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Waves and Beaches is an informative and even thrilling read for anyone interested in knowing how these things work. It is highly readable and fascinating. Many interesting photos and diagrams. It is a book that should be reissued. A great pleasure to know this book! It's a mainstay of each vacation to the shore and sea.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ocean t sweet on March 13, 2012
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This is the epic book for anyone interested in understanding how waves work and how different types of beaches, beach heads, sand bars, bays, etc. are formed and interact with ocean swells. It's a wonderful mix of technical information, cool old photos, vivid examples of tsunamis and ships in brutal storm conditions, and it presents a great understanding for anyone deeply interested in surfing and the physical forces that shape coastlines around the planet. I will read and re-read this book many times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Lawn Ranger on July 11, 2006
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I just have to concur with the other reviews - as a kayaker and a lover of the oceans I have read and re-read this book many times, and I always learn more. The book is a classic, if they'd re-issue it in hardback I'd buy it in a second!

Although Willard Bascom died in 2000 his work lives on as a testament to him. Get this book, it's a great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trickdog60 on June 11, 2011
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This book is a good start for someone wanting to understand the science of wave action on beaches, but this very, very complicated topic requires years of experience and data gathering and further reading than just one book can offer. But it is a good start.
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