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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 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 247 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 18mm | 200g
  • It Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white halftones
  • 0062202537
  • 9780062202536
  • 90,064

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Absolutely the most entertaining surf book in years, a breathless adrenalized romp. More importantly, it s a jaw-dropping introduction to Smith s greatest--and most promising--literary creation, himself. This man-and this book-are both going places. --Daniel Duane, author of Caught Inside: A Surfer's Year on the California Coast"show more

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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.show more

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380 ratings
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