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Dr Rip’s Essential Beach Book

Everything you need to know about surf, sand and rips

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How do waves break and what makes good surf?

What are dangerous rip currents and how do you spot one?

What would you do if you got caught in one?

Australia’s best-known surf scientist, Rob ‘Dr Rip’ Brander, takes you on a fascinating and entertaining journey to uncover how our beaches form and behave, the science of waves and currents, how beaches respond to storms and climate change, as well as some of the hazards to watch out for, from tsunamis to the (unlikely) event you find yourself swimming with a shark.

Whether you’re a surfer looking for the perfect wave or enjoying the beach with friends and family, this book is a must-read for all ocean lovers.

‘So good, it should be compulsory reading at school, and in planes flying to Australia.’ — Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki

‘Dr Rip is well-respected by Bondi Lifeguards. His knowledge of how beaches work has helped save many lives.’ — Bruce Hopkins, Chief Lifeguard at Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama beaches and star of Bondi Rescue

‘The beach is a fun but dangerous place. Everyone who loves the surf should read this fantastic book.’ — Mick Fanning, three-time surfing world champion