Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell: A True Story Of Violence, Corruption, And The Soul Of Surfing

Paperback | July 8, 2014

byChas Smith

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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 Smith’s wild and unflinching look at the high-stakes world of surfing on Oahu’s 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 Oahu’s paradisiacal North Shore in pursuit of some of the greatest waves on earth for surfing’s 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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A finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for NonfictionWelcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell, is surfer and former war reporter Chas Smith’s wild and unflinching look at the high-stakes world of surfing on Oahu’s North Shore—a riveting, often humorous, account of beauty, greed, danger, and crime.For two months every winter, when Pacific s...

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A finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for NonfictionFor 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, a...

Chas Smith has spent his whole life surfing. He has written adventure/travel stories forPlayboy,Esquire,Vice,GQ,BlackBook, andThe New York Times Magazine. He has covered wars in Lebanon, conflicts in Yemen, dirty oil dealings in Azerbaijan, and fashion in Somalia. He is the former editor-at-living-large forSurfingmagazine, and writes f...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:July 8, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062202537

ISBN - 13:9780062202536

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from surf or die If you think surfers are laidback dudes who welcome everyone with open arms, think again. Chas Smith dives into the closed surfing community of Oahu's North Shore where it's more a mindset like that of soccer hooligans defending turf than of expanding the sport.
Date published: 2016-11-20

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A wild and unflinching look at the adrenalin-soaked world of surfing.