Wave: In Pursuit of the Oceans' Greatest Furies (Paperback)

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Susan Casey’s The Wave combines the stories of scientists, big wave surfers and the sea in a fast paced, entertaining ride of a book. All are seeking the elusive 100 foot wave, which seamen have spoken of for centuries. Scientists study the conditions that cause a rogue wave of this height to appear and how we can best protect ourselves and our property from the devastation it can cause. Surfers such as Laird Hamilton and his fellow big wave surfers long to ride a legendary wave.
The Wave is so much fun! Casey vividly brings to life the world of big wave surfing and its compelling stars without veering into sensationalism. She travels the world speaking to scientists about rogue waves that sink gigantic ships, and tsunamis that level cities. Fueled by Dramamine, she heads out into storm-tossed seas with surf crews, a daring insistence on first-person observation. Casey features enough science to add substance, but never overwhelms the pulsing heart of the story: the razor's edge between transcendence and disaster on the face of a massive wave.

— Sara, Atlanta

October 2010 Indie Next List


“As with Devil's Teeth, her earlier study of great white sharks, Casey's newest effort combines engaging hard-science with adrenaline-infused raw action. Drop into The Wave and charge these monstrous ocean creatures with an eclectic cast of sun-bleached watermen and intrepid researchers. This read will definitely pull you out of your beach chair and into the water. Surf's way up!”
— Jamie Reiner, Elliot Bay Book Co., Seattle, WA



Product Details
ISBN: 9780099531760
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: July 2011