WELCOME TO PARADISE, NOW GO TO HELL. A True Story of Violence, Corruption, and the Soul of Surfing

New York: IT BOOKS, (2013). First edition. Hardcover. 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 hordes, 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. The surf world is far more volatile and complex than outsiders know or popular depictions would have us believe, and the North Shore during winter is its more extreme representation. It is downright dangerous but also exhilarating, and this story paints a true picture of what it feels like to be in the middle of it all. It is both a breathtaking and wildly funny tale of beauty, wickedness, and the unyielding allure of ocean waves in all their glory. 247 pages, illustrated from color photographs. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Item #14313
ISBN: 9780062202529

Price: $50.00

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