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    Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell: A True Story of Violence, Corruption, and the Soul of Surfing (It Books) (Hardback) By (author) Chas Smith

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    DescriptionFor two months every winter, when Pacific storms make landfall, Oahu's paradisical North Shore turns into a fiery hell. Its normal population of sixteen thousand more than triples and this explosion of mainlanders, Brazilians, Australians, and Europeans creates one of the most combustible milieus on earth. Waves, like gold and oil, are a limited resource and, as such, are fiercely fought over by the visiting hordes, the surf industry, other Hawaiian islanders, and North Shore residents. The otherwise sleepy North Shore becomes a lawless, violent, drug-addled, and adrenaline-soaked mecca.It takes uniquely fearless men to paddle into thirty-foot waves breaking over a razor-sharp reef hidden beneath three feet of water. Death and maiming are regular occurrences during North Shore winters. Yet when the sun dips, the fearless become truly scared. You see, the ocean has rules. The men who haunt the land do not. And so they whisper about helter-skelter violence dished out by larger-than-life Hawaiians. They whisper about being choked, slapped, and bloodied for breaking unspoken codes of conduct. About the protection money extracted from the surf brands that want to hold their contests on the North Shore. About drug running, fights, and maybe even murders. And then they return to multimillion-dollar beachfront homes and drown their anxiety with cocaine and booze. But they know they are not safe. Because no one is ever safe here.The surf world is far more volatile and complex than outsiders know or popular depictions would have us believe, and the North Shore during winter is its most extreme representation. It is downright dangerous but also exhilarating, and this story paints a true picture of what it feels like to be in the middle of it all. It 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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    Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell
    A True Story of Violence, Corruption, and the Soul of Surfing
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Chas Smith
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    ISBN 13: 9780062202529
    ISBN 10: 0062202529

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG, HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 760
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBBW
    Libri: ENGM1075
    BIC subject category V2: JKVM
    DC21: 797.32
    DC22: 797.32
    B&T Approval Code: C39200000
    Ingram Subject Code: NC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 28
    BIC subject category V2: BTC
    BISAC V2.8: TRU000000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: C3
    Libri: P0042115, P0042116, SURF5000, WIND7500
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14430
    BIC subject category V2: WSSG
    BISAC V2.8: BIO024000, SPO069000, SPO051000, HIS036140
    B&T Approval Code: A09160000
    Libri: KRIM3500, KRIM8054
    B&T Approval Code: A16504370
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: TRU003000
    DC22: 797.3/209969
    BISAC region code:
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: GV839.65.H3 S65 2013
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/LIFEAS
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    It Books
    Imprint name
    It Books
    Publication date
    19 November 2013
    Review quote
    Smith doesn't simply stand in judgment. He loves the world of the North Shore, and he hates it. With gleeful defiance and feral wit, he harnesses his ambivalence to fuel this compulsive, wild ride of a book.--Sydney Morning Herald, Pick of the Week