Rising from the depths of the North Pacific lies a fabled island, now submerged just 15 feet below the surface of the ocean. Rumors and warnings about Cortes Bank abound, but among big wave surfers, this legendary rock is famous for one simple (and massive) reason: this is the home of the biggest rideable wave on the face of the earth.
In this dramatic work of narrative non-fiction, journalist Chris Dixon unlocks the secrets of Cortes Bank and pulls listeners into the harrowing world of big wave surfing and high seas adventure above the most enigmatic and dangerous rock in the sea. The true story of this Everest of the sea will thrill anyone with an abiding curiosity of and respect for Mother Ocean.
©2011 Chris Dixon (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
A Melville-style conquest of the Biggest Wave in the World, the story of the men who captured it—and those who were destroyed. Sherlock Holmes meets Adventure Tale.
Cortes Bank, the fabled land off the North Pacific, has the special elements to make the largest waves in the world. Dixon explains in depth why it's possible, and what it takes to surf it. Fascinating, frightening, thrilling.
I live and work at a lighthouse in central California since '97. I have been surfing since '82 and have a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from UCSC. I was a naturalist for children from '97-03. Zen Buddhist.
Yes! Hearing it in the authors voice and tone really add to the experience!
I enjoyed the maritime history of the bank, but the whole story is compelling and builds to a satisfying end.
Cortes Bank is an incredible place with some great history, not to mention possibly the biggest waves in the world. Dixon does an admirable job narrating, though the high stakes, thrill seeking drama could have benefitted from a professional. All in all it's a great listen if you are at all interested in big waves and adventure.
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