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With Hunter-esque journalist Smith throwing himself into the centre of the action, this is a sun-bleached, breakneck account of power, money, crime, and surfing.

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.

With Hunter-esque journalist Smith throwing himself into the centre of the action, this is a sun-bleached, breakneck account of power, money, crime, and surfing.

Reviews

Love him or hate him, he’s the most stylish writer [surfing] has seen for decades

Fred Pawle, The Australian

Absolutely the most entertaining surf book in years, a breathless adrenalized romp. More importantly, it’s a jaw-dropping introduction to Smith’s greatest – and most promising – literary creation, himself

Dan Duane, author of Caught Inside: A Surferâ??s Year on the California Coast

Gleeful defiance and feral wit . . . fuel this compulsive, wild ride of a book

The Age

A hip exposé of Hawaii’s North Shore surfing culture . . . entertains, while superior reporting informs and illuminates much about the surf industry’s peculiar machinations, its cavalcade of sun-bleached heroes and the troubled history of Hawaii itself . . . effortlessly shifting from the profound to the profane

Kirkus

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  • Paperback

    9781863958660

    August 1, 2016

    Nero

    256 pages

    RRP $22.99

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