Waves: From Surfing to Tsunami

Waves: From Surfing to Tsunami


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Who can resist the hypnotic rhythm of the ocean's waves? To understand why the surf and the sea capture us like they do, Waves takes a closer look at the mystery and mechanics behind waves. Author Drew Kampion examines how waves form, what moves them, and why they are important.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586852122
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 05/24/2005
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 8 Years

About the Author

Drew Kampion is the former editor of Surfer, Surfing, Wind Surf, and Wind Tracks magazines. He founded, edited, and published the award-winning Island Independent, and is the author of the best-selling titles Stoked! A History of Surf Culture and Lost Coast: Stories from the Surf. Drew continues to write for magazines dedicated to the surfing life, as well as others. He lives in Washington. He lives in Washington state

Jeff Petersen was born and raised in northern California and studied art at San Francisco State University. His paintings and drawings have appeared in magazines, books, and on skateboards, t-shirts. He lives in California.

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Our earth is called "the water planet." With oceans covering over 70 percent of its surface, our world appears as a blue pearl in space.

These oceans of salt water are immense. Averaging two and a half miles deep, they contain 97 percent of the water on the earth . . . and most of its life forms.

Though the oceans seem silent and still from space, they are actually alive with movement. Giant waves surge through the deeps. Currents flow like rivers throughout the seas. The great waves of the tides move the oceans daily. And sometimes earthquakes or gigantic landslides cause powerful and destructive waves to race across seas at jet-plane speeds. It's plain to see that the surfaces of the oceans are always rippling, too, with waves, large and small. But . . .

What are waves?

Where do they come from?

What causes waves to form?

How do they move?

What are the different kinds of waves?

How many ways can we ride them?

Table of Contents


Where Do Waves Come From?

Where in the Universe Are We?

Tidal Waves

The Life Cycle of Ocean Waves

How Do Waves Move?

Rogue Waves


River Bore Waves

Types of Breaking Waves

Beach Break Waves

Reef Break Waves

Point Break Waves

Reef Pass Waves

Riding Waves

Surfing Giant Waves

Tow-in Surfing

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