Susan Casey’s new book “The Wave” is the perfect book to warm up your wintertime blahs.
I’m a sucker for books about geophysical phenomena and the people who follow such.
There’s not one thing that’s disappointing about Susan Casey’s book.
Overall, the book is like a chattering goofy foot forward ride down a towering wave. Her take off is flawless; an account of a deep sea oceanographic research vessel’s encounter with monstrous rogue seas.
The content of this book swells from there; all the way from Hawaii’s famed North shore beaches down hemisphere to Tahiti’s super massive freak surf.
Casey’s emerald prose makes understanding complex wave dynamics simple, But more importantly, this author fleshes out her science with real people who live –and in come cases die—for the 80-foot or larger freak waves that thunder ashore at places like, Hawaii, Mavericks, Cortes Banks and other spots.
The author doesn’t slip into “surf speak” when writing about big wave surfers and their culture, ships masters, researchers, or geophysicists.
What’s truly spectacular about this book is Casey’s explanations of the big wave surfing culture and its innovations, attention to detail, and tradition of awareness of a buddy’s safety.
While it’s possible to still hear echos of “Surf UP!” in thepages of this book, the big wave culture as pictured in “The Wave” is more apt to get their notifications via SMS or emails.
This is the first book I’ve ever read that communicates the “Oh My God!” majestic power and size of giant surf.
I love how The Wave is written and organized. It’d been a long time since I’ve wanted to read a book non-stop, Susan Casey’s latest work was impossible to put down. And, it left my goofy foot curled and itching to guide me on an inside break over at the Trestles onboard Camp Pendleton.
“Dude” Perfect reading for a cold gray winter break—Jim Forbes on 11/22/2010.