- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Roberts Rinehart Pub; 3 edition (December 23, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 157098168X
- ISBN-13: 978-1570981685
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 12 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,188,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Book of Waves: Form and Beauty on the Ocean 3rd Edition
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Oceanic aficionados, nautical buffs, and photography fans, ahoy! Gear up for the full-gale force of The Book of Waves. With more than 100 oceanic photos, from the pounding pipelines of the Pacific to the bright coral cacophonies of the Caribbean, this spectacular photo-essay is a beach lover's delight. Along with stories from crusty seaman who braved some of the century's harshest storms and harrowing accounts from professional surfers, The Book of Waves includes technical descriptions of wave cycles and three-dimensional illustrations. What's more, the text is generously sprinkled with water-related quotes from Lord Byron, William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, and Rudyard Kipling.
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Of course the first thing you notice are the photos. They are just stunningly gorgeous. And the publisher thankfully had the foresight to use extremely thick, high-quality paper.
Maintaining the high level of the photos, author Drew Kampion takes you on a journey of edu-tainment in the 20-30 pages of text and photos. For example, I never knew that a deadly tidal wave is often less than two feet high -- yet often a mile long. A quiet killer, apparently ships can pass over it never even noticing it. Even the most knowledgeable waterman will learn a great deal from this stuff, and have fun doing so.
It's just a timeless, beautiful book, aptly titled, "The Book of Waves". Surfers and ocean lovers should just have the book to take them away to empty waves whenever they want them. Buy it, slap it on the coffee table, and impress your friends with your high degree of ocean cool.