Paddlers curious about the sea will find something to love in the new book The Ocean, a veritable treasure trove of information, inspiration, and wisdom on all things aquatic, whether you’re a dyed in the wool sea kayaker, rec boater, SUP paddler and more.
With how-to advice and stories from renowned experts of the sea, it features tips on shucking an oyster, catching that first wave, casting a fly rod, righting a kayak and more. Everyone from nautical novices to salty dogs will relish learning real-world skills and rediscovering their love for our planet’s awe-inspiring seas.
Inside you’ll find chapters on:
- Boating: essential knots and turns; heave a line, tow off to a cleat, international hand signals
- Surfing: wetsuit 101, surfing’s 12 commandments, learning to surf, buying your first surfboard
- Science: plankton and plastic, meet the seabirds, how does a flying fish fly?
- Scuba & Snorkeling: spearfishing and free diving, throw a cast net, diving hand signals
- Fishing: tackle box gear list; saltwater fly fishing and flies; clean, scale and fillet a fish
- Survival: beach flag warnings, jellyfish dangers, escape a tsunami, maritime first-aid
The Ocean features hundreds of illustrations and deep-dive reads from heroes and experts like big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton, marine archeologist Robert Ballard, and famed sailor Lin Pardey presented in a handsome foil-stamped cover to make this the definitive go-to guide for anyone captivated by the wonder, power, and mystery of the ocean.
Chris Dixon is the author of Ghost Wave and a contributing author of Surfing: 1778–Today, The Big Juice, and New York Times Best Seller The Southerner’s Handbook. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Outside, Popular Mechanics, Garden & Gun, and Men’s Health, among others. The founding online editor of Surfer, he once spent a year documenting the life of singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with his family.
Jeremy K. Spencer is an award-winning writer and editor whose work has appeared in publications like Men’s Journal, Wired, Vice,The Millions, and Outside, where he was a longtime senior editor. He has edited books for all of the “Big Five” publishing houses, including multiple New York Times Best Sellers. As a creative director, he’s helped dozens of top global brands tell their stories. A native of Memphis, he now lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.