Ghost wave : the discovery of Cortes Bank and the biggest wave on earth / by Chris Dixon.

Author
Dixon, Chris, 1966- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, c2011.
Description
256 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 24 cm.

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A hundred miles off the California coastline, a fabled peak rises from the depths of the North Pacific, stopping just fifteen feet short of the ocean's surface. Legends and grave warnings surround this submerged mountain, known as Cortes Bank-- rumors of lost ships, spinning compasses, of bus-size sharks and man-size lobsters. Yet, the most daring of big wave surfers head out to the Bank for one simple reason-- it is home to the biggest rideable wave on the face of the Earth, a swell of massive proportions that surges in from out of nowhere like a monster. In this meticulously-researched, salt-crusted adventure tale, journalist Chris Dixon hits the high seas to bring the secrets of Cortes Bank to the surface, drawing readers into the harrowing world of the most enigmatic rock in the sea and the tremendously dangerous big wave surfing that occurs above it.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-256).
Contents
The ghost wave -- Once upon an island -- Pawns to Bishop Rock -- The Kings of Abalonia -- Rogue waves -- Making the call -- At arm's length -- The prisoners -- On the shoulders of giants -- Mutiny on the Bounty -- Trifling with the Almighty.
ISBN
  • 9780811876285 :
  • 0811876284
LCCN
2011020302
OCLC
706025562
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