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"Every day global swells journey thousands of miles to find our favorite shores and fall over.... In this stunning coffee table book Swell: A Year of Waves, Evan Slater and Peter Taras document the journey. Using four seasonal swell patterns, Evan and Peter illustrate this race, from a storm's first breath of wind to a wave's arrival on shore, where we wait in the lineup, excited to usher them across the finish line." -- Surfing

"Swell is a beautiful and interesting take on our fascination with waves.... Make room on your coffee table--this book is worthy of long-term display." -- Transworld Surf

"Swell: A Year of Waves is not only a gorgeously photographed guide to the best waves in the world but a lucid introduction to the science behind them.... Slater's plain-spoken prose shows deep respect for the elements, as do photographs that, at their best, seem to freeze the full power of the sea for study. Flipping the pages slowly, inspecting one wave after another, the reader can almost hear them splash against a nearby shore." -- The Wall Street Journal

"Swell: A Year of Waves offers more than your typical coffee-table photo book as Slater 'puts a human face' on the world's most recognized wave machines across four different ocean zones." -- Eastern Surf

About the Author

Evan Slater is the former editor of Surfing magazine and a big wave surfer. He now works at Hurley and lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.

Peter Taras is the photo editor of Surfing magazine. When he's not picking images for his publication, he's shooting them. He lives in Encinitas, California, with his girlfriend.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452105936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452105932
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rob Hardy HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 15, 2012
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Here is something else I don't know a thing about: surfing. I have never tried it, even body surfing, and at this point I guess I am unlikely to. That doesn't keep me from enjoying waves; I don't get to the beach often, but I don't know anyone who is indifferent to the fascinating movement and sounds of swells of water approaching shore. The experts on surfing will admire at a higher level than I did _Swell: A Year of Waves_ (Chronicle Books), but this is a picture book that anyone ought to admire. It has a short text by Evan Slater, who is a big wave surfer and the former editor of _Surfing_ magazine. He starts his introduction, "For a long time, I considered myself an expert on waves," but then he describes going out deliberately to meet a wave breaking on an underwater shoal in the open ocean, and finding that whatever his expertise, it avails him nothing. He met a 45-foot avalanche of water that "was a force beyond my comprehension." So there is a lot he doesn't know about waves, and a lot scientists do not know. But we know something: "It's been only twenty-five years since predicting wave events became an inexact but semireliable science." Surfers, and others who are interested in waves, can get forecasts of what to expect and where, up to two weeks in advance. I suppose that such predictions are fraught with the same degree of error as any weather forecast, but there are general characteristics of waves at particular times in particular places. Four of those wave sites form the four sections of photographs here.

The photographs are the show. They are edited for the book by Peter Taras, who is the photo editor for _Surfing_ magazine.
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REALLY QUALITY,NICE SIZE AND EXCELLENT WAVE PIC'S,ALMOST WANT TO CUT THE PICTURES OUT AND FRAME THEM,IF YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH ONE TABLE BOOK THIS ONE WILL GRAB EVERY ONES ATTENTION,THIS IS THE BOOK !!!!
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We bought this book as a coffee table book for our home in Nicaragua. There isn't anyone that comes to the house that doesn't love it! Because of the gorgeous cover everyone picks it up.
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This magnificent book takes one on a trip through the world's oceans both in words and photos. One feels it is written from the soul.
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This short book is a beautiful mix of a surfer's love for the swell combined with scientific and meteorological facts that will amaze you. The companion pictures make it a timeless jewel. Surfers, ocean lovers, and anyone who is curious will love this book.
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I fell in love with the book after seeing it and tocuhing it in a Bookstore in San Francisco. I am this kind of person that needs to feel it and touch it. WHne I got it at home it overwhelmed my expectations. Being able to spend as much time as I want in any picture in any wave of those portrayed here... it transports me to very remote places as the old books of adventures by R.L. Stevenson used to do
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I was drawn to this book because of the cover picture. I was a little disappointed that the book was as small as it was, hoping for bigger photography. The pictures inside are good but not as good as the one on the front. My favorite!
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This is a nice gift for someone who loves the ocean. Nice photos and not a huge book. In this case it was for my son who loves the ocean, likes to surf and fit it the bill perfectly.
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