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From the author of Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell, a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Nonfiction It is likely not terribly surprising that surfers like to party Thes image, bolstered by Tom Wolfe and Big Wednesday, was one of mild outlaws Tanned boys who refused to grow up, spending their days drinking beer and smoking joints on the beach in between mindless hours in the water As the surf brands accidentally morphed into a multimillion then multibillion dollar industry beginning in the s, however, the derelict portrait began to harm business In order to achieve wild year on year growth that came to be expected, surf trunks, T shirts and sunglasses had to be sold en masse through Midwestern mall stores Moms in Des Moines did not want corn fed junior to be a delinquent And so the external surf image of the s and s and into the present became Kelly Slater and Laird Hamilton Health, vitality, bravery, clean living, positive, and pure, with heavy doses of puritanism Internally, though, surfing had moved on from booze and weed to its heart s true home, its soul s twin flame Cocaine s rise in American popular culture as the choice of rich, white elites was matched, then quadrupled, within surf culture The parties got wilder, the nights stretched longer, the stories became ridiculously unbelievable And there has been no stopping, no dip in passion The surfer and his lover are entwined in gorgeously dysfunctional embrace A forbidden love like Romeo and his Juliet, and few, if any, outside the insular surf world knew or know about this particular rhapsody A byzantine ethic keeps interlopers far away Bad behavior is also kept very well hidden, even from insiders, but evidence of psychosis rears its head from time to time Overdoses, bar fights, surf contests, and murders and cover ups Cocaine Surfing peels the curtains back on a hopped up, sometimes sexy, sometimes deadly relationship and uses cocaine as the vehicle to expose and explain the utterly absurd surf industry to outsiders It also explores where dreams go when they die

15 thoughts on “Cocaine + Surfing: A Sordid History of Surfing's Greatest Love Affair (Audio Download): Chas Smith, Tom Pile, Audible Studios: Audible Audiobooks

  1. Kate Gompert Kate Gompert says:

    This was a tough one to get through, just because I loved welcome to paradise so much Chas has a very humorous prose and tends to use self awareness to take it to absurdity I wanted to like this book so much but the connections just felt so forced Again, the lack of names to stories makes it difficult to paint a picture and satisfy baseline curiosity and so I found it so tough to really get into this one It s tough to throw out criticism like this towards an author I do get a lot of joy out of reading but this one just didn t resonate with me, but to each their own.

  2. Travis Vail Travis Vail says:

    But Chas barks up my tree and his general viewpoint is akin to mine so I would have read this book even if it sucked, which it might have Love the perspective of surfing through a very informed S Cal cool industry intertwined surfer guy While talking about how the surf industry protects surfers from openly reveling in their cocaine based antics Chas does still omit names and do the sameI suppose to protect himself Cocaine Surfing is definitely not a tell all, but it wants to be.

  3. Yale Bloor Yale Bloor says:

    A bunch of nothing waste your time reading it starts out with a interesting premise which dissolves into boring rhetoric

  4. Momma Bear Momma Bear says:

    Easy read, providing insight into an avenue of surfing I bet Rory Parker actually liked it Why are 4 words required

  5. Erick VanMalssen Erick VanMalssen says:

    Surfing needs humor, and writers who know how to use it Chas is one of the best at that, and I read anything that he puts out This book is a fun, quick read that should be consumed by any literate surfer who can laugh at our silly world.

  6. L. Henderson L. Henderson says:

    Did not like the fact that he protected the names of many of the people involved in his musings, and seemed to have tunnel vision in searching for his title connection.

  7. Another Nick Another Nick says:

    I have never surfed but enjoyed this book This is a much better book than Girl on the Train.

  8. Benjamin Widhelm Benjamin Widhelm says:

    A funny and spot on dissection of the two main warring surf factions the ASP and Olympic supporters and the core don t care horde Great reflections on the kings of surf and their chins.

  9. kmb kmb says:

    Great book Very entertaining Chas is a talent He took up a challenging topic and wrote a thought provoking book not to mention very funny Hopefully this gets the conversation started Well done.

  10. bubblejoseph bubblejoseph says:

    Give you a taste of what the surf industry is really like It s too bad so many sources were unnamed, still worth the read.

  11. RJDT RJDT says:

    Not a very good read

  12. Matthew J. Burke Matthew J. Burke says:

    Quality read Chas inserts his depreciating humor and takes the industry to task on many points He does not judge so much as articulate the disconnect between truth and fiction.The end around caught me by surprise and that was just fine Good work

  13. Customer Customer says:

    However, read Chas Smith s Welcome to Paradise now go home first.

  14. Erik Erik says:

    A uncomfortable yet intriguing look into a pastime where we have all found inspiration and an author who seemingly has an existential crisis through this journey to make sense of it all.

  15. Sarah Sarah says:

    Funny chas has natural ability to keep readers engaged Finished the book in three days Wish it was longer Epic.