Ghost Wave by Chris Dixon

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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 Chris Dixon

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Chris Dixon's work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Outside, Men's Journal, Surfer, and Surfer's Journal. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
Published October 21, 2011 by Chronicle Books LLC. 272 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Journalist Dixon, founding editor of, has written an engaging, multifaceted story of an obscure locale off the California coast that draws the most daring big-wave surfers in the world.

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