Welcome to paradise, now go to hell: a true story of violence, corruption, and the soul of surfing
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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|Grouping Title||welcome to paradise now go to hell a true story of violence corruption and the soul of surfing|
|Grouping Author||smith chas|
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|display_description||"For 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 hoards, 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."--Book jacket flap.|
|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
Hawaii -- Social conditions
Hawaii -- Social life and customs
Surfing -- Hawaii
Surfing -- Social aspects
|title_display||Welcome to paradise, now go to hell : a true story of violence, corruption, and the soul of surfing|
Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell A True Story of Violence, Corruption, and the Soul of Surfing
Welcome to paradise, now go to hell : a true story of violence, corruption, and the soul of surfing / Chas Smith
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|title_sub||a true story of violence, corruption, and the soul of surfing|
Social life and customs
Sports & Recreations