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.
From Publishers Weekly
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Great content and info, but.....
The in depth detail about the behind the scenes life on the north shore was amazing. However if the information came in different format it would do more for the story. I didn't care for the style from the author. At times it seemed he made the book more about him. The entire vibe put off by chas was just not in my taste. His attitude and "flare" although popular in some settings, seems like a direction surfing is heading that I don't care for as much.
Thank you Chas. Fun trip.
Super accurate, fast read
I just finished this book in a day and I couldn't put it down. Having spent a lot of time at the North Shore I really felt like I was there again while reading this book. Chas Smith has a unique writing style that expresses exactly what you are thinking as he describes things. Top notch.