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Ghost Wave: The Discovery of Cortes Bank and the Biggest Wave on Earth Hardcover – October 12, 2011
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1. "Ghost Wave takes us to a place of almost mythic power and tells a story that unfolds like a long ride on a killer wave. I can't imagine doing what those surfers are doing out there on Cortes-and I can't imagine a finer book about them. This is a beautifully researched and compellingly written book. I read it straight through from the first page. Terrifying."- Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm
2. "A terrific, deeply researched tale about a truly wild place. You couldn't make up Cortes Bank, or the characters who've tried to make it theirs. Chris Dixon takes us out there. He gets us amongst it."--William Finnegan, author of Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life.
3. "Ghost Wave is a first-rate account of an amazing phenomenon and the people who tried to conquer and exploit it. A great read."-Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump
4. "After reading Chris' most excellent account of the monstrous waves of the mysterious Cortes Bank-the Bermuda Triangle of the Pacific-I never thought I would ever consider riding a wave like this. But after surviving a five foot, head first fall from the stage earlier this year, I think I might be ready."-Jimmy Buffett
5. Mystery-shrouded, invisible from shore, riddled with hazards real and imagined, the Cortes Bank is a sort of Rubicon. Only a handful of surfers have crossed to the other side. In Ghost Wave, Chris Dixon traces the Bank's maritime history, the fanciful civilization of Abalonia, and absolute madmen who chase shifting peaks in the open ocean. " - Scott Hulet, Editor, The Surfer's Journal
6. "...fascinating and expertly researched...the heart of the book is surfing, told in a manner satisfying to both hard-core practitioners and curious outsiders." -Bruce Jenkins, The San Francisco Chronicle
7. "You approach Ghost Wave expecting a story about a wave. What you leave with is a new, perhaps previously unknown fascination with indigenous peoples, and natural sciences, addiction psychology and crackpot entrepreneurialism.all presented with a positively Melvillean wrath to emphatically measure the true Everest of the Pacific against all other bathymetric monsters." - Surfline.com
8. "Journalist Dixon, founding editor of Surfermag.com, has written an engaging, multifaceted story of an obscure locale off the California coast that draws the most daring big-wave surfers in the world...his insider knowledge brings the allure and danger of this turbulent locale to life." - Publisher's Weekly
9. "This is an outstanding and riveting work that is not to be missed, and easily one of if not the best book of its kind." -Eastern Surf
10. "excellent...an expansive history of a submerged island 100 miles off the southern coast of California, as well as an in-depth study of big wave surfing and some of its most extreme practitioners." -Charleston City paper
11. "It's hard to say which is more interesting here, the stories of the surfers, explorers, divers, and sailors drawn to Cortes Bank or the history of the bank itself. Either way, terrific reading." - Booklist
12. "If you are looking for a great read that tells a story of utter devotion to the ocean, its mysteries, and its dangers, then Ghost Wave...is definitely the book for you... This is definitely a book for anyone wanting to get a grasp on the unpredictable oceans and see into the terrifying yet exhilarating lives of big wave surfers." -PlanetSave
13. "4 out of 5 stars" - The Waterman's Library
14. "Ghost Wave is an information-packed homage to those who dare to try." - American Way magazine
About the Author
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.
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I paused literally spooked to turn the page as you gave a spectacular account of the January 4th Cortez session. My eyes were wide open from Captain Mac Rae's maritime journeys to page 242. You brought me close to the awesomeness Mr. Dixon. The Awesomeness of nature’s deep power and the power of ‘men”. I won’t say you should be proud because I know you are. …and you should be. THANK YOU CHRIS DIXON for the wonderful work of creative insight. PS. If you ever write about K2 or Everest or anything else that is watery I WILL READ IT.
The book also covers other big wave spots such as Jaws in Hawaii and Mavericks in Northern California, and gives a lot of surfing history. It is well written and keeps the reader on the edge of his/her chair.
Dixon is a great writer, he is a surfer who can speak the language while being able to convey the same to nonsurfers
Would love to have seen more photos but Kindle is not the best reading devise when it comes to pictures.
The highlight is a focus on Cortes Bank and there are some pretty mindblowing descriptions of a pretty amazing place. Makes me want to go out and take a look, though I have no desire to be anywhere near a surfboard when I do. There's a neat recounting of seafaring history and some of the disasters and near-misses out at Bishop Rock, though the imagined expedition of coastal indians going to visit it seems a bit of a stretch.
Read it and enjoyed it. Not one that I would avidly recommend unless you're a die-hard surfer.
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The surfers are truly giants of the sport..
Ghost Wave was riveting and I read it in one day - time not wasted
I don't surf but love reading about it and this...Read more