Ghost Wave: The Discovery of Cortes Bank and the Biggest Wave on Earth

Ghost Wave: The Discovery of Cortes Bank and the Biggest Wave on Earth

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By (author) Chris Dixon

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  • Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 231mm x 28mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: San Francisco
  • ISBN 10: 0811876284
  • ISBN 13: 9780811876285
  • Illustrations note: Photographs and Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 118,084

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Rising from the depths of the North Pacific lies a fabled island, now submerged just 15 feet under the surface of the ocean. A sailor will tell you to avoid Cortes Bank at all cost, the treacherous seamount can destroy a hull without warning. A fisherman will tell you that the bank is a lost Eden teeming with enormous abalone, lobsters and shark. A diver might spin an unbelievable yarn about a giant shit that lies just beneath the surf in gin clear water. But a big wave surfer will tell you that Cortes Bank produces the biggest ride-able wave on the face of the earth. In this dramatic work of narrative non-fiction New York Times journalist Chris Dixson unlocks the secrets of Cortes Bank and embarks on his own odyssey alongside the hellmen and crazies who have tried their luck there and narrowly lived to tell the tale. Dixon's meticulously researched, entirely authentic story pulls the reader into the harrowing world of big wave surfing and high seas adventure above the most enigmatic and dangerous rock in the entire ocean. The true story of this Everest of the Pacific will thrill anyone with an abiding curiosity of and respect for, Mother Ocean.

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Chris Dixon's work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine and Surfer's Journal among other publications.

Review quote

..".fascinating and expertly researched...the heart of the book is surfing, told in a manner satisfying to both hard-core practitioners and curious outsiders." -San Francisco Chronicle