Sarah and the Big Wave

Sarah and the Big Wave

The True Story of the First Woman to Surf Mavericks

Bonnie Tsui


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This stunning nonfiction 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 twenty, thirty, forty, even fifty feet tall? Here’s a better question: Would you ever surf a big wave? Sarah Gerhardt did—and this is her story.

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


Bonnie Tsui:
Bonnie Tsui is a debut children's author and a writer for The New York Times. Her books for grown-ups include Why We Swim and the award-winning American Chinatown. She lives in the Bay Area.