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Cocaine + surfing : a sordid history of surfing's greatest love affair

Author: Chas Smith; Matt Warshaw
Publisher: Los Angeles : Vireo / Rare Bird Books, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First North American hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"It's no surprise that surfers like to party. The 1960-70s 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... Internally, though, surfing had moved on from booze and weed to its heart's true home, its soul's twin flame: cocaine. The rise of cocaine  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Chas Smith
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chas Smith; Matt Warshaw
ISBN: 1945572817 9781945572814 9780733638695 0733638694
OCLC Number: 1005547837
Description: 196 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The call to adventure! --
Refusal of the call! --
Supernatural aid! --
Road of trials and tests! --
Belly of the whale! --
The meeting with the goddess! --
Sacred marriage! --
Finding love in the underworld! --
Apotheosis! --
The ultimate boon! --
Refusal of the return! --
Death of dreams! --
The magic flight! --
Rescue from without! --
The crossing of the return threshold! --
World dancer! --
Master of two worlds! --
Timeline of key events.
Responsibility: Chas Smith ; introduction by Matt Warshaw.

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"It's no surprise that surfers like to party. The 1960-70s 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... Internally, though, surfing had moved on from booze and weed to its heart's true home, its soul's twin flame: cocaine. The rise of cocaine 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 more ridiculously unbelievable. And there has been no stopping, no dip in passion... '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."--Inside jacket flap.

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"Cocaine + Surfing is a dazzling page-turner, highly-recommended beach reading, and absolutely the funniest book ever written about surfing."--Outside "Between untold stories of extravagant parties, Read more...

 
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