Sarah and the Big Wave: The True Story of the First Woman to Surf Mavericks

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This stunning non-fiction picture book tells the inspiring story of Sarah Gerhardt, one of the first female big-wave surfers.


Have you ever seen a big wave? One that's 20, 30, 40, even 50 feet tall? Here's a better question: would you ever surf a big wave? Sarah Gerhardt did and this is her story. Full of thrills and scientific facts, Sarah and the Big Wave is about the first woman to surf Mavericks, a break known as 'Mount Everest meets Niagara Falls.'


This is a tale of perseverance and indomitable spirit, about the first woman to ride the waves at Mavericks, one of the biggest and most dangerous surf breaks in the world.


This tale of adventure and indomitable spirit will appeal to fans of Counting on Katherine and The Shark Lady.


"A determined young woman seizing the moment in vast, teal-blue ocean is a natural draw, and with the IOC adding surfing to its roster of events, librarians can expect extra interest when the next Olympic games are played." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


"Emphasizing the breathtaking landscapes, they treat readers to mostly double-page spreads that allow them to feel like they are in the middle of the ocean with Sarah, who presents White. A stormy scene evokes Hokusai’s Great Wave print. Tsui’s present-tense text effectively conveys Sarah’s determination as well as the excitement of the sport, occasionally ranging to provide needed context, such as the atmospheric conditions that make big waves. A concluding timeline of surfing provides tidbits of Hawaii’s history and indicates that professional surfing is way behind in its quest for equality. A sunny surf vacation from start to finish." -- Kirkus Reviews

Sarah and the Big Wave: The True Story of the First Woman to Surf Mavericks

£15.99 Regular Price
£11.19Sale Price
  • Reading age: 4-8 years

    Pages: 34

    Language: English

    Cover: Hardcover

    Dimensions: ‎ 22.63 x 28.7 cm

    Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

  • Bonnie Tsui is an American author and journalist of Hong Kong descent. She was born in New York and graduated from Harvard University. She lives, swims, and surfs in the Bay Area of San Francisco. A longtime contributor to The New York Times and California Sunday Magazine, she has been the recipient of the Jane Rainie Opel Young Alumna Award from Harvard University, the Lowell Thomas Gold Award, and a National Press Foundation Fellowship. 

    Sophie Diao is an artist in San Francisco. As research for the book Sarah and the Big Wave, she surfed a wave that she was pretty sure was over one foot tall! She loves illustrating natural wonders and is the talent behind many Google Doodles.