Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell

Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell

A True Story of Violence, Corruption, and the Soul of Surfing

Book - 2014
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A look at the high stakes world of surfing at Oahu's paradisiacal North Shore where, for two months every winter, its population triples and brings to the surface violence, drugs, illegal fights, and an undying love for the massive ocean waves.

HARPERCOLL

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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& Taylor

A no-holds-barred look at the high stakes world of surfing at Oahu's paradisiacal North Shore where, for two months every winter, its population triples and brings to the surface violence, drugs, illegal fights and an undying love for the massive ocean waves. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
ISBN: 9780062202536
Branch Call Number: GV839.65.H3 S65 2014
Characteristics: 247 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm

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