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Swell: A Year of Waves

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  35 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Wave watchers around the world know that no two waves are the same. Yet each and every wave that rises, peaks, and crashes onto the beach is generated by a much larger force originating thousands of miles away. Surf journalist team Evan Slater and Peter Taras capture the essence of waves and the swells that produce them in this breathtaking collection of wave photography. ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published May 9th 2012 by Chronicle Books (first published April 27th 2012)
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Nice delineation of the factors that determine swell: currents, weather patterns, the topography of the ocean floor, paired with stunning photographs edited by Surfer Magazine photo editor Peter Taras. Educational in a light, pleasant way. I did not know about Hawaii's perfectly sculpted distant reefs...
I also learned about why the Southern Swell is so coveted and that the waves tend to be spaced farther out.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Coffee table book, so it was a very quick read. I liked the narrative descriptions, but it felt too short. I think a lot more could have been said about the experiences with those waves and locations. I was happy to see North Carolina get a few mentions, but they were all places I haven't visited or surfed. While some of the pictures were stunning, there were a few too many overheads. I'm not an expert with photography, but I also would have liked a bit more consistency. The black and white phot ...more
Dan Ward
May 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I checked this book out from the library before a trip to Hawaii hoping to know a little bit more about where the waves come from and the science behind it. All I know now is a LITTLE bit. This is more of a picture book than a scientific explanation of waves. The pictures are beautiful and but the writing is sparse.
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book Swell by Evan Slater was about all different types of waves around the world. In the book Slater stated many interesting facts. For example, Slater stated that Hawaii has some of the world's biggest waves. Slater also stated that Mavericks can be found in California and many other surf spots. In my opinion, Swell was a really interesting book to read.
Jun 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Not a lot of substance here...but there are some gorgeous shots of waves. I wish there had been more of the story or had a surfer talk about each break as opposed to just a general overview of the points. I love surfing books, and while this one was good, it wasn't my favorite.
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lovely and powerful.
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
A beautiful coffee table book filled with photos of waves. I had thought there would be more information on the waves but a perfect book to take away the sting of just getting home from Hawaii!
Isaac Baker
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Great coffee table book. The book is packed with beautiful pictures of waves in various stages of life, along with short (perhaps too short for the wave nerds) descriptions of how waves form and how they interact with the various elements in play to create waves. The pictures focus on classic regions and spots: Hawaii, Indonesia, West Oz, Newport Wedge. I was happy to see some lesser-heralded spots get some attention, Nova Scotia, Vancouver Island, North Carolina. I wish Jersey got a few picture ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exquisite photos of the textures and moods of waves!
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