- Hardcover: 326 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (September 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780767928847
- ISBN-13: 978-0767928847
- ASIN: 0767928849
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 415 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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Casey, O magazine editor-in-chief, travels across the world and into the past to confront the largest waves the oceans have to offer. This dangerous water includes rogue waves south of Africa, storm-born giants near Hawaii, and the biggest wave ever recorded, a 1,740 foot-high wall of wave (taller than one and a third Empire State Buildings) that blasted the Alaska coastline in 1958. Casey follows big-wave surfers in their often suicidal attempts to tackle monsters made of H2O, and also interviews scientists exploring the danger that global warning will bring us more and larger waves. Casey writes compellingly of the threat and beauty of the ocean at its most dangerous. We get vivid historical reconstructions and her firsthand account of being on a jet-ski watching surfers risk their lives. Casey also smoothly translates the science of her subject into engaging prose. This book will fascinate anyone who has even the slightest interest in the oceans that surround us.
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Part science lesson and part adrenaline rush, The Wave is an intense thrill ride that manages to take a broad look at oversized, potentially devastating waves. The critics praised Casey's eloquent writing and jaw-droppingly vivid descriptions of chasing--or trying desperately to steer clear of--these aquatic behemoths. Although the Los Angeles Times craved more technical information, and the New York Times Book Review considered the combination of science and surfing a bit odd, most critics brushed such concerns aside. Casey's entertaining and enlightening exploration of the world's giant waves will leave readers with "a healthy respect for the power of these waves" (Los Angeles Times) and a chilling sense of how little we truly know about the oceans that surround us.
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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.
It seems we have a little more information on rouge waves than the Tligits who believe the source was a sea monster named Kah Lituya,who shook the bay when upset and turned those he killed into grizzly bears looking for other victims.
However, in the end we still do not understand what we do not understand to have a thory about "non linear waves." Easier to understand the sea monster theory.
She does visit various organization and scientists, but does not bring the information together. Perhaps it is due to all the research is independent and not coordinated.
There are many interesting areas, where she touches on, but, it leaves you asking for more. You could open any chapter and begin to read, there is no cohesiveness or message to the total.
Further, the book is filled with various lines suited for a samurai movie.
I realized it would be hard to find a group who had been through more together. They had staked their territory in an uncharted realm, a place where the ocean didn't necessarily allow people to be.
He didn't hype his achievements or lose his bearing. The more amzaing his feats were, the less he said about them.
If I scare myself once every day, I'm a better person.
It helps to have that little jolt of perspective that life's fragile.
Fear is powerful. You get a lot of energy from fear. Without fear, humans wouldn't have survived. Maybe I'm the most scared.
And, at the end, it left another question for me. Is big wave riding a sport? Although, she strongly notes that Laird hates Billabong's commercialization of big wave riding, primarily as it draws untrained surfers into greater dangers, she does seem to endorse the event.