The Wave is a grab you by the collar book about colossal, ship swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out.
For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100'+ high. Until recently scientists dismissed these stories, waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics, but in the past few decades, as a number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the ocean. 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 topped 100 feet.
As scientists scramble to understand monster waves, others view these giants as the ultimate challenge. These are the extreme surfers who travel the globe to ride the ocean’s biggest waves. The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton and his group of friends in Hawaii so Casey follows this unique tribe as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100' 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 1,700'+ wave in 1958 that leveled part of the Alaskan coast. The Wave portrays humans confronting nature at its most ferocious.
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