Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell - Chas Smith

Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell

By Chas Smith

  • Release Date: 2013-11-19
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors
  • Size: 1.69 MB
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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.


  • Fun. Trip.

    By Trapaniphoto
    Thank you Chas. Fun trip.
  • Super accurate, fast read

    By gonsurfing
    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.
  • Good read....

    By Sanch80
    Although not a huge fan of Chas' writing style I did really enjoy the book and the behind the scenes look at the infamous 7 miles that any surfer thinks they know about.... When you're done with the book you will have a little more knowledge of how things work on the North Shore and realize that it really couldn't work any other way.