The Wave: In Pursuit of the Oceans' Greatest Furies Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B0043D2DKU
- Publisher : Vintage Digital (September 16, 2010)
- Publication date : September 16, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 2956 KB
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- Print length : 434 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,975 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am coming from the containerships and have sailed the South African coast as a master for years on regular basis.
Had a lot of quite bad weather down there. That's true. And shure freakwaves exist. But there are good warnings from the SA weather service about the posibility of their ocurance by time and area (normaly near the 200m depth line on the Wild Coast. But haven't heard a single
discripcion of even only 1 ship lost due to freak waves between 1996 and 2010. And I listened to all the costal talk from pilots agents etc. during these years.
We meet some very interesting people along the way: mariners; extreme surfers; weather forecasters; and scientists. In the latter category is Bill McGuire (aka Disasterman), Director of the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Center, volcanologist, Benfield Professor of geophysical hazards at the University of London, and author of the books Apocalypse and Global Catastrophes: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) . His section of this book (entitled "Wave Good-Bye") is where Casey works in some serious predictions about how the changing climate is going to affect (among other things) wave height: "McGuire had a lot to say about waves, unimaginably large waves."
Nevertheless, the surfers almost steal the show. Here is the author's description of someone who looked like a surfer: "He had the same disheveled cool, a hint of a hell-raising look in his eyes, and a movie star smile." Better yet, here is her description of a wave called 'Mavericks' off of the California coast: "The Aleutian swells thunder three thousand miles across the North Pacific, barging past the continental shelf until their progress is rudely halted by a thick rock ledge...When it hits this shallower depth, the wave energy rears up, shrieking and screaming, forming the clawed hand that is Mavericks."
Mavericks is one of the many waves that the surfers in this book ride...or die under. As if the sheer size and ferocity of the wave wasn't daunting enough, "Mavericks was located at the southern end of a region known as the Red Triangle because more attacks by great white sharks had occurred there than anywhere else on earth."
The descriptions of Big Water in this book are so harrowing, that I cancelled my cruise around world (that I was going to take if I hit it big in the lotto). This author can write! She dumps the reader into the midst of Nature's most dangerous places in a way I haven't experienced since I read " Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster " by Jon Krakauer.
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Then came the Jaws and the Jet Skis. The book could have been more interesting to read had it not been punctuated by the feats of and conversations with Hamilton and his surfing mates at almost every alternate turn of page. Overall, a well-written narrative on rogue waves.
I began to teach myself the trick of mentally tuning out or altogether skipping whole sections wherever Hamilton figured in the pages. I am probably being impolite by saying so. I am no surfer. I do, however, think that a chapter or two at the most could have sufficed.