The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

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Bestseller Kindle The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean the best work From Susan Casey, bestselling author of The Devil s Teeth, an astonishing book about colossal, ship swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100 feet high or taller Until recently scientists dis missed these stories waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics But in the past feFrom Susan Casey, bestselling author of The Devil s Teeth, an astonishing book about colossal, ship swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100 feet high or taller Until recently scientists dis missed these stories waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet s waters They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea including several that approached 100 feet As scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon, others view the giant waves as the ultimate challenge These are extreme surfers who fly around the world trying to ride the ocean s most destructive monsters The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet Casey follows this unique tribe of peo ple as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100 foot wave In this mesmerizing account, the exploits of Hamilton and his fellow surfers are juxtaposed against scientists urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves from the tsunami that wiped out 250,000 people in the Pacific in 2004 to the 1,740 foot wave that recently leveled part of the Alaskan coast Like Jon Krakauer s Into Thin Air, The Wave brilliantly portrays human beings confronting nature at its most ferocious.. Popular Ebook The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean This is a book about ocean waves, and I can already hear what some people might be thinking: Why on earth would I care about that? I had the same thought when I first picked it up; hours later, after reading the book in a single sitting, I realized that good writers can make any story interesting, fascinating, engaging and a lot of fun. Susan Casey is a wonderful writer and the subject only grows more interesting the further you read. While I'm the first to admit that I enjoy a good novel, I also enjoy non-fiction titles, and this one is a 'Don't Miss.'
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  1. This is a book about ocean waves, and I can already hear what some people might be thinking Why on earth would I care about that I had the same thought when I first picked it up hours later, after reading the book in a single sitting, I realized that good writers can make any story interesting, fascinating, engaging and a lot of fun Susan Casey is a wonderful writer and the subject only grows interesting the further you read While I m the first to admit that I enjoy a good novel, I also enjoy n [...]


  2. Onvan The Wave In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean Nevisande Susan Casey ISBN 767928849 ISBN13 9780767928847 Dar 326 Safhe Saal e Chap 2010


  3. Size matters to Toronto born Susan Casey, wave size that is She is interested in the big kahunas of wave dom, rogues, freaks, giants or monsters that rise a hundred feet or above the surrounding water Think The Perfect Storm Then think bigger.Scientists once dismissed the notion of waves that big, but science has started to turn what were believed to be tall tales into accepted truth In 1933 a serene officer on the USS Ramapo measured one such rogue at 112 feet Even the enormous see, I didn t s [...]


  4. What a lost opportunity.It s hard to complain when a book is published that describes some of the science behind waves Being somewhat of a specialist in this area a physical oceanographer , it is great to see my field popularized in this way Unfortunately the author chose to present the science behind waves in a very shallow way Instead she chose to spend the book talking about a group of big wave surfers There are guys with egos as large as the waves they surf, and lots of money too How they ge [...]


  5. edited 3 12 11 to add references and some linksWe are surrounded by waves electromagnetic, light, radio, and water They can be helpful providing power, light and communication but they can also carry unimaginable force The science of waves and surf forecasting is relatively new It began in earnest during WW II when scientists realized that successful amphibious landings required some ability to forecast surf sizes on the beaches It didn t hurt that there was oodles of money available and scienti [...]


  6. This book was so good at explaining complex science in accessible terms, and overall it was very interesting Basically, Casey hypothesizes that global warming has produced enormous, rogue waves much frequently than has ever been thought One such documented wave in the 1950 s in Alaska measured a staggering, atypical 1,740 feet The implications of this, especially if you own real estate on a coastline, are sobering However, in her examination of the surfers who risk their lives to ride these 60 [...]


  7. Okay, I want you to do something for me Close your eyes.Wait No, that won t work Open your eyes again.Eyes open Good Now imagine you ve closed your eyes, but don t actually close them because that will rather impair your ability to read this review.So, you re imagining that your eyes are closed Now imagine you re on a cruise ship It s a lovely place blue water, blue skies, the faint scent of salt in the air, the waves lapping up against the hull of the boat in a soothing rhythm It s a perfect wa [...]


  8. Don t take this book as your leisure reading on that next cruise or you will be constantly watching the horizon, wondering if that next freak wave is on its way.My reason for reading this book, subtitled In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean, is that I wanted to learn about huge waves, tsunamis, and ocean behavior I was not so much interested in the surfers or their stories However, not far into the book, that changed.The author talks with scientists studying the phenomenon [...]


  9. After reading the intro and getting scared to death about being on a boat caught in a massive storm, i was frighted and excited to learn about the processes that go into forming these freak swells I was intrigued by how ms casey would tie the surfing pursuit of big waves with the science behind how waves work together In the end i felt that it was a failed attempt She should have just written a biography on laird hamilton as that is largely what i felt the book was the science and discussion wa [...]


  10. It is too predictable to say that Susan Casey wrote a great piece of non fiction As the author of countless articles in mainstream periodicals like Outside, National Geographic and Men s health, to being the current editor of O Magazine, to writing the gripping and meticulously researched The Devil s Teeth , you come to her second book expecting excellence and she does not disappoint Casey follows two groups of individuals in parallel big wave scientists researchers, and big wave surfers Coming [...]


  11. This book was not quite what I expected, but not in a bad way at all This was a book about sport Yes, I ended up reading a book about sport Freaked me out a bit, but I went with it And now I have a greater appreciation for surfers.Every second chapter of this book is dedicated to telling the story of the time the author spent hanging out with big wave surfers These are not your average surfers at all Although they may use surfer lingo and talk about the sea and waves like they are personified, t [...]


  12. The Wave by Susan Casey is an excellent chronicle of the people who chase big waves, and the people who try to understand and predict them About half of the book follows Laird Hamilton as he chases the biggest waves in the world to surf, while the other half documents the scientists who strive to understand what causes rogue waves and how to build ships and platforms to withstand them.Laird Hamilton and his fellow tow surfers are insane They risk their lives to ride ever larger waves Casey does [...]


  13. Sea monsters exist They break ships in half and pull them below the waves Sometimes they swallow them whole Most who encounter them never return to tell the tale and those few who do, until very recently, were rarely believed.I am referring to rogue waves, which until only the last decade or so, have been dismissed as myths, merely sailor s tall tales Only in roughly the last ten or fifteen years has the existence of rogue waves been fully documented and accepted by oceanographers Scientists are [...]


  14. The Wave is an outrageously good read, alternately thrilling and terrifying us in turns How many ways can a wave be described As many ways as there are waves, though one suspects the Hawaiians had words for the qualities of water than we do While surfing plays the loudest chords in this book, one of the most resonant notes played was a description of Lituya Bay in Alaska, where epic waves scour the coastline I went back and forth with the narrative to examine the included photographs again and [...]


  15. The book dedicates about 3 4 of its pages to the surfers that ride giant waves, and about 1 4 to the science behind them All in all, very cool, and not being a surfer myself, I found myself enjoying those parts than expected As famed critic Joshua Brustein points out, the hero worship can get to be a bit much especially with Laird geez Susan, he can t be that cool , but it doesn t take too much away from the content.I would have enjoyed a little time dedicated to the science, especially the re [...]


  16. Except for luminous glints of turquoise at its peak, the wave was sapphire blue, gin clear, and flecked with white If heaven were a color, it would be tinted like this This quote is Susan Casey s description of seeing a wave up close at Jaws, a Maui surf spot known for huge dangerous waves At fifteen, my father gave me a 9ft Ole surfboard it was too big for me and I could barely drag it down the beach I wanted to look cool with it under my arm like all the surfers did and I wanted than anything [...]


  17. I don t know who s bad azz in this bookLaird Hamilton and his gang of Watermen or the scientists who also brave scary risks in the pursuit of knowledge I also found the section on the marine salvagers really fascinating.Although some of the science section is a bit arcane for the average reader, I think most semi intelligent people will get the main gist of the concepts.The stats on how many ships go missing is astounding As Casey points out, if even a small plane went down, we d hear about it [...]


  18. It was ok 3 4 of the book is a surfer lovefest Maybe a Laird Hamilton crush Don t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Laird and all the big wave surfers I enjoy surfing not anywhere near their level It is just that having watched the dvds Riding Giants and Step Into the Liquid I could have written 3 4 of this book Ok, I will be fair 1 2 the book I enjoyed rehashing what was already covered in the movies I liked the maritime disasters I wish she put research into her book More story telling in the [...]


  19. How do you end a book about waves, taking into account the ending of The Great Gatsby or the repetition in a Van Morrison song It s not something to tackle lightly, or even something that the author of a non fiction exploration of wave science and surfing both would be expected to do But author Susan Casey does what she can now that the metaphors are all used up here in The Wave In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean Doubleday, 2010 Ending lyrically is maybe her hardest task a [...]


  20. Waste of time Rogue waves just the visual alone of a liquid mountain rushing, unstoppable, across the open ocean, is enough to make the imagination race What causes them What specific weather phenomena, geology, geography, climate, etc What type of physics lies behind these mass movements What are the effect of waves on humans and the world There are so many questions I enjoy watching footage of waves and reading anecdotes of people who have encountered them, so this book seemed like an interest [...]


  21. Waves can be thought of small and harmless, as they wash gently against your feet on a sun kissed beach But they have a darker side, an ability to become an enormous destructive force that can obliterate landscapes, cities and ships.Fifteen years ago scientists did not believe the reports of 100 foot high waves that appeared from nowhere in calm seas to sink boats Their models didn t show them, and they thought they were myths or just wrong estimates of the height of the wave But then there were [...]


  22. I read this book right away when it came out a few months agod LOVED it So why have I not written the review yet One word jealousy I had this idea to write a book about giant waves, from an article in the New York Times Hundreds of ships go missing annually For years they had no idea whybut now we know that the sailors stories of giant waves were not just tall tales.But I did not write the book Mrs Casey did.She took an interesting tact she interwove the science of the waves with the stories of [...]


  23. I had high hopes for this book, but you ll get sucked into the majesty of big wave tow surfing in one chapter only to be bored to sleep with a chapter on the science of waves It took me months to finish this book because once I hit a science chapter, I d put the book down for a few days or weeks because I just didn t want to deal with it The author also drones on and on about climate change and global warming to the point where I just stopped caring about it She seemed to blame anything and ever [...]


  24. Not bad, but not quite what I expected Very heavy on the surfing when I was expecting science Quite the opposite, in fact The science there was, was or less a lecture on human s impact on the climate, and not the science behind giant mysterious waves To be fair, one of the main points, it seems, is that we have little clue about how to predict or calculate them, so how many pages can you spend saying that we are clueless There was a lot of time spent warning us that human s impact was undoubte [...]


  25. As good as all of you said it was So good that 1 I wished I was stuck in traffic longer so I could listen to 2 I wished my parents lived than 5 hours away so I could listen to 3 I sat in the parking lot at work all parking lots, really on multiple occasions just to finish a chapter because I could not stand to not know what happened next4 even though I listened to it, I want to go back and actually read it5 basically I am torn between never wanting to go near an ocean again and wanting to lear [...]


  26. The subtitle In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean says it all I listened to the audio book wonderfully narrated by Kirsten Potter If you are even remotely interested in oceans, waves, ships, surfing, or just want a really great read, check this one out I found this an informative, entertaining and page turner of a read What can one ask of a non fiction book


  27. It s a book about big wave surfers with some science description here and there.Most people will think they are reading a popular science book, but it turns out about 2 3 of the book is stories about surfers The protagonist is Laird Hamilton who is a legend in realms of surfing sports Author Casey flied around the world with surfing stars to catch big waves Casey tells surfers philosophy and their lives to readers It is actually very interesting to observe world of surfing from such a close rang [...]


  28. It s taken me over a month to sit with my thoughts about this book and it s been an ongoing struggle to force myself to write something coherent about it that s than just me all caps exclaiming how GREAT this book is and how much I LOVED IT and how it s ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST DELIGHTFULLY OCEANICALLY NERDY BOOKS I VE READ IN SUCH A LONG TIME AND HOW DID IT TAKE ME SEVEN YEARS TO FIND THIS WAVE RIDING MAGIC BECAUSE I SERIOUSLY DOG EARED OVER HALF THE BOOK, YOU GUYS So, yes There are big pieces [...]


  29. 3.5 StarsI have only walked along an ocean beach a few times but have always been impressed by the power and relentlessness of the ocean In her book, Susan Casey interweaves chapters about elite surfers and the quest to find the largest waves with interviews with scientists and people whose livelihoods are tied to the ocean Casey begins the book with a chapter about an immense rogue wave sank an allegedly unsinkable ship designed for the rough waters of the North Atlantic After that she introduc [...]



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