The Wave: A Book Review
April 05, 2011
"Wherever peppy earthquake action meets ocean, there will be giant waves," writes Susan Casey in her book The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean. Casey travels across the world to meet these waves, the people who research them, and those who play in them. Some accounts are those of tragedy, some are of amazing survival, and some accounts record the daring-do of the world’s greatest surfers.
As global conditions create more giant waves, the scientific and surfing communities look into the complex prediction and science of waves. With poetic prose, she shares with us their amazing and mystifying power. The main problem, according to Casey, in proving the existence of these freaks and rogues is that "if you run into that kind of nightmare, it’s likely to be the last one you’ll have."
Casey explains complex scientific theory in an easy-to-understand and interesting manor, and almost demystifies the drive of the death-defying surfer looking for the perfect 100 foot wave to ride. Filled with compelling prose, The Wave is a great read.
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