Ghost Wave

The Discovery of Cortes Bank and the Biggest Wave on Earth

By Chris Dixon
(Chronicle Books (CA), Hardcover, 9780811876285, 256pp.)

Publication Date: October 2011

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“The quest for huge waves has taken surfers to many places, but the source of the biggest by far is Cortes Bank. An entirely submerged island, Cortes Bank sits 100 miles off the coast of Southern California. Here, a freak set of ocean conditions creates a wave that seemingly springs out of nowhere. Dixon unlocks the secrets of Cortes Bank and entertains readers with well-researched history and abundant tales of big wave surfing.”
-- Flannery Fitch, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA


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 readers 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.

About the Author
Chris Dixon is an activist, writer, and educator who received a PhD from the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His writing has appeared in "We Are Many: Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation, Anarchist Studies, Clamor, " the "Earth First! Journal, Left Turn, Social Movement Studies, " and "Upping the Anti." He has been involved in transformative social movements for more than two decades.
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