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Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell: A True Story of Violence, Corruption, and the Soul of Surfing

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A finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Nonfiction

For two months every winter, when Pacific storms make landfall, Oahu's paradisical North Shore turns into a fiery hell. Its population more than triples as mainlanders, Brazilians, Australians, and Europeans transform the normally sleepy shore into a lawless, violent, drug-addled, and adrenaline-soaked mecca where fearless men paddle into thirty-foot waves breaking over a razor-sharp reef. And when the sun goes down, the true danger comes out as drug money, fights, murder, and extortion rule the surfing underworld. The North Shore during winter is downright dangerous but also exhilarating, and Chas Smith paints a true picture of what it feels like to be in the middle of it all. Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell is both a breathtaking and wildly funny tale of beauty, wickedness, and the unyielding allure of ocean waves in all their glory.

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A finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Nonfiction

Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell, is surfer and former war reporter Chas Smiths wild and unflinching look at the high-stakes world of surfing on Oahus North Shore—a riveting, often humorous, account of beauty, greed, danger, and crime.

For two months every winter, when Pacific storms make landfall, swarms of mainlanders, Brazilians, Australians, and Europeans flock to Oahus paradisiacal North Shore in pursuit of some of the greatest waves on earth for surfings Triple Crown competition. Chas Smith reveals how this influx transforms a sleepy, laid-back strip of coast into a lawless, violent, drug-addled, and adrenaline-soaked mecca.

Smith captures this exciting and dangerous place where locals, outsiders, the surf industry, and criminal elements clash in a fascinating look at class, race, power, money, and crime, set within one of the most beautiful places on earth. The result is a breathtaking blend of crime and adventure that captures the allure and wickedness of this idyllic golden world.

About the Author

Chas Smith has spent his whole life surfing. Born on the Oregon coast, he fled to Los Angeles for university and has lived there ever since. For a decade, he wrote adventure/travel stories for a variety of magazines, including Vice, GQ, BlackBook, and the New York Times Magazine. He has covered wars in Lebanon, conflicts in Yemen, dirty oil dealings in Azerbaijan, and fashion in Somalia. In 2006, he decided to turn his attention solely to surf and since then he has become the raconteur of the lavish, partying surf elite. He is editor-at-living-large for America's largest surf publication, Surfing Magazine, and writes for Australia's controversial Stab, a hip icon of fashion, surf, and culture. He has spent five winters on the North Shore.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062202536
Author:
Smith, Chas
Publisher:
It Books
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20140731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.56 in 10.4 oz

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"Synopsis" by , A finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Nonfiction

Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell, is surfer and former war reporter Chas Smiths wild and unflinching look at the high-stakes world of surfing on Oahus North Shore—a riveting, often humorous, account of beauty, greed, danger, and crime.

For two months every winter, when Pacific storms make landfall, swarms of mainlanders, Brazilians, Australians, and Europeans flock to Oahus paradisiacal North Shore in pursuit of some of the greatest waves on earth for surfings Triple Crown competition. Chas Smith reveals how this influx transforms a sleepy, laid-back strip of coast into a lawless, violent, drug-addled, and adrenaline-soaked mecca.

Smith captures this exciting and dangerous place where locals, outsiders, the surf industry, and criminal elements clash in a fascinating look at class, race, power, money, and crime, set within one of the most beautiful places on earth. The result is a breathtaking blend of crime and adventure that captures the allure and wickedness of this idyllic golden world.

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