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Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell: A True Story of Violence, Corruption, and the Soul of Surfing Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Smith, Chas
ISBN: 0062202537     ISBN-13: 9780062202536
Publisher: It Books
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: July 2014
Annotation: 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.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Surfing; Hawaii.
Surfing; Social aspects; Hawaii.
BISAC Categories:
- Sports & Recreation | Surfing
- True Crime
- History | United States | State & Local
Dewey: 797.3/209969
LCCN: bl2014028103
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.46 lbs) 247 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 September #1)

This debut effort from Smith, a war correspondent turned surfing journalist with a cruel, sometimes witty eye, is a mix of reportage and gonzo journalism for the surfing set. Mixing shameless, fey bluster that he dubs "Trash Prose" and occasionally trenchant observation, Smith delves into the scene surrounding the big-money surfing contests on Oahu, Hawaii's legendary North Shore. As the pro circuit arrives for the winter wave season, Smith sketches an exposé of the tensions between local Hawaiian surfers and low-level gangsters and the established surfing professionals, surfwear brand representatives, and out-of-towners during this seasonal demographic change. Smith's favorite subject, however, is himself: he sees himself as an outlaw raconteur whose articles garner so much resentment he gets roughed up at a party. He also provides endless descriptions of his wardrobe—he calls his style his "version of Island Dandy," which is "purposefully at odds with everything Oahu's North Shore stands for." If Hunter S. Thompson circa Hell's Angels merged with a fashion critic to write about surfing for Maxim, the result might be similar. Smith's approach is myopic, writing for an audience that already knows the sport and the names. There are some astute observations (particularly his analysis of why surfing is essentially a lonely sport), but ultimately the book fails to reveal much beyond the author's considerable self-regard. Agent: Ryan D. Harbage, Fischer-Harbage Agency (Dec.)

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