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037: BeachGrit’s Chas Smith, and Nicaragua recap

Midlife Surfer: Surf Podcast

We are joined by BeachGrit's Chas Smith, author of "Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell," "Cocaine+Surfing" and "Reports from Hell". You can also find Chas on BeachGrit.com and the podcasts The Grit and Dirty Water: The BeachGrit Podcast.Donate to the show: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/midlifesurferProduced by Adam Montiel @adamontheairEmail: midlifesurfer@gmail.com for questions, criticisms, and requests.Website: http://midlifesurfer.comInsta: @midlifesurferpodcastMusic intro/outro: Tortoise "Benway" & "Six Pack" http://www.trts.comJea.@surfjournalist

59mins

16 Apr 2021

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Chas Smith

The Grumpy Surfer Podcast

Recorded 17 February 2021 Chas Smith is one of the most notorious and controversial surf journalist thanks to his work with his online media platforms Beach Grit and Lodge Grit. Author of books like Welcome to Paradise, Now go to Hell and Cocaine and Surfing. To add to all this, he also hosts and co-hosts podcasts Dirty Water with Derick Riley and The Grit with David Lee Scales. Chas is very open and honest, he also says it like it is. Father and surfer, on the podcast Adz and Chas discuss a variety of subjects from war and perilous situations, to the WSL Championship Tour 2021. Northcore Link HERE using your discount code on the podcast. SURFED OUT SURF SHOP, Link HERE Beach Grit click HERE Lodge Grit Click HERE

1hr

4 Apr 2021

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Episode 58!!! CHAS SMITH, World famous SURFING author and journalist joins The Happy Hour to talk SURFING AND BEHIND THE SCENES CRAZINESS!!!!

The Happy Hour with King Hap

On Episode 58 Surfer, Author , Journalist and overall good guy CHAS SMITH joins The Happy Hour. They talk about the crazy behind the scenes drugs, violence and fun that makes up the surfing world. Also when he was held captive on an assignment during a war in the middle east!!!!!Chas is also the Co-Founder of Beach Grit. The world premiere surfing news and entertainment website beachgrit.comThe also talk about the 2 smash hit surfing books Chas has written. Welcome to Paradise, Now go to hell. Also they speak about Cocaine and Surfing!! These are crazy reads and once you pick them up, you cant put them down!!   Find his 3 books on amazonwww.amazon.com/Chas-Smith/e/B001JSF8W2/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1(All also available as audiobook)Follow Chas on Instagramwww.instagram.com/surfjournalist/?hl=enToday's ShowSPONSORED BYLiquid I.V.Healthy Sports Drink! With Flavors Gatorade never dreamed of!!AND THE LIMITED TIME"PINA COLADA "https://glnk.io/koyv/kinghap*PROMO CODE KING.HAP Saves you 25%(Yes      KING.HAP)MLO SNEAKERS!!!Look like a MILLION Dollars and spend well under $100.HUGE SALE RIGHT NOW!!!!!https://mlo.shoes/#KINGHAPPromo code KINGHAPWill always save you 10%AndTHE CHILI TECHNOLOGY SLEEP SYSTEM!"THIS IS A GAME CHANGER"https://www.chilitechnology.comPromo code KINGHAPwill save you 22% off any full sleep system!***If you didn't know how important sleep is to recovery and every day life, you will now***ALSOKiLL YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITHOUT BLOWING YOUR DIET!!!Twisted Cookie Dough is AMAZINGPROMO CODE KINGHAPSAVES 20%https://twistedcookiedough.com/For a list of all of our discounts and benefits visit and like The Happy Hour Social Club on Facebook!https://www.facebook.com/TheHappyHourSC/

53mins

22 Jan 2021

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Chas Smith, "Cocaine and Surfing: A Sordid History of Surfing’s Greatest Love Affair" (Rare Bird, 2018)

New Books in Journalism

Surfers are the ultimate bad boys, living the counter-culture life of decadence and hedonism as they travel the world in search of the perfect wave, partying hard along the way. So, it’s not surprising that these social misfits and dropouts created a sub-culture tied to drugs. While most might associate surfing Jeff Spicoli with smoking marijuana in Fast Times at Ridgemont High or hippies dropping acid in late 1960s Hawai’i, Chas Smith argues that cocaine and surfing are much more intertwined. Actually, it’s not so much surfing as the “surf industry”, the fashion industry’s big money marketing of the surfing lifestyle. In this exploration of the commodification of counter-culture, Chas Smith illustrates the lines from The Clash song: “They think it’s funny, turning rebellion into money”. But like a coke binge, the surf industry has come crashing down and once massive international corporations have gone bankrupt. More gonzo journalism than academic history, Cocaine + Surfing: A Sordid History of Surfing’s Greatest Love Affair (Rare Bird, 2018) is a wild thrill ride through several decades of surfing’s love affair with addiction.Irreverent, cynical, and surprisingly erudite, Chas Smith tells us time and time again that he hates being a surf journalist and despise the surfing industry. “I was supposed to have waved goodbye to this shallow end of the swimming pool years ago. I was supposed to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning war reporter by now, spilling valuable words on the plight of Syrian refugees while dodging bullets. Or maybe in the White House briefing room being shouted down by the press secretary for speaking truth to power. Or front row at the Fendi show in Paris, across from Anna Wintour … anywhere but here.” But there he is. Bopping about Southern California’s heart of the surfing industry. Driving from surf industry event to surf industry event, surrounded by increasingly desperate surf industry figures grinding their jaws and trying to get into the bathroom to snort a few lines. All the while, he sardonically observes the surfing industry’s free fall as he gulps down yet another vodka cocktail. Doing his best to find meaning in perhaps the shallowest subculture we could imagine. He is a detached and disgusted observer of the surf industry’s apocalypse who delivers his dispatches in insightful and often hilarious prose. Even if you don't know which side on the surfboard to wax, you’ll find it hard not to be drawn into Chas Smith’s history of surfing.Michael G. Vann is a professor of world history at California State University, Sacramento. A specialist in imperialism and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, he is the author of The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Empires, Disease, and Modernity in French Colonial Vietnam (Oxford, 2018). When he’s not quietly reading or happily talking about new books with smart people, Mike can be found surfing in Santa Cruz, California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/journalism

1hr 6mins

6 Nov 2020

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Chas Smith, "Cocaine and Surfing: A Sordid History of Surfing’s Greatest Love Affair" (Rare Bird, 2018)

New Books in History

Surfers are the ultimate bad boys, living the counter-culture life of decadence and hedonism as they travel the world in search of the perfect wave, partying hard along the way. So, it’s not surprising that these social misfits and dropouts created a sub-culture tied to drugs. While most might associate surfing Jeff Spicoli with smoking marijuana in Fast Times at Ridgemont High or hippies dropping acid in late 1960s Hawai’i, Chas Smith argues that cocaine and surfing are much more intertwined. Actually, it’s not so much surfing as the “surf industry”, the fashion industry’s big money marketing of the surfing lifestyle. In this exploration of the commodification of counter-culture, Chas Smith illustrates the lines from The Clash song: “They think it’s funny, turning rebellion into money”. But like a coke binge, the surf industry has come crashing down and once massive international corporations have gone bankrupt. More gonzo journalism than academic history, Cocaine + Surfing: A Sordid History of Surfing’s Greatest Love Affair (Rare Bird, 2018) is a wild thrill ride through several decades of surfing’s love affair with addiction.Irreverent, cynical, and surprisingly erudite, Chas Smith tells us time and time again that he hates being a surf journalist and despise the surfing industry. “I was supposed to have waved goodbye to this shallow end of the swimming pool years ago. I was supposed to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning war reporter by now, spilling valuable words on the plight of Syrian refugees while dodging bullets. Or maybe in the White House briefing room being shouted down by the press secretary for speaking truth to power. Or front row at the Fendi show in Paris, across from Anna Wintour … anywhere but here.” But there he is. Bopping about Southern California’s heart of the surfing industry. Driving from surf industry event to surf industry event, surrounded by increasingly desperate surf industry figures grinding their jaws and trying to get into the bathroom to snort a few lines. All the while, he sardonically observes the surfing industry’s free fall as he gulps down yet another vodka cocktail. Doing his best to find meaning in perhaps the shallowest subculture we could imagine. He is a detached and disgusted observer of the surf industry’s apocalypse who delivers his dispatches in insightful and often hilarious prose. Even if you don't know which side on the surfboard to wax, you’ll find it hard not to be drawn into Chas Smith’s history of surfing.Michael G. Vann is a professor of world history at California State University, Sacramento. A specialist in imperialism and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, he is the author of The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Empires, Disease, and Modernity in French Colonial Vietnam (Oxford, 2018). When he’s not quietly reading or happily talking about new books with smart people, Mike can be found surfing in Santa Cruz, California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history

1hr 6mins

6 Nov 2020

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Chas Smith, "Cocaine and Surfing: A Sordid History of Surfing’s Greatest Love Affair" (Rare Bird, 2018)

New Books in Drugs, Addiction and Recovery

Surfers are the ultimate bad boys, living the counter-culture life of decadence and hedonism as they travel the world in search of the perfect wave, partying hard along the way. So, it’s not surprising that these social misfits and dropouts created a sub-culture tied to drugs. While most might associate surfing Jeff Spicoli with smoking marijuana in Fast Times at Ridgemont High or hippies dropping acid in late 1960s Hawai’i, Chas Smith argues that cocaine and surfing are much more intertwined. Actually, it’s not so much surfing as the “surf industry”, the fashion industry’s big money marketing of the surfing lifestyle. In this exploration of the commodification of counter-culture, Chas Smith illustrates the lines from The Clash song: “They think it’s funny, turning rebellion into money”. But like a coke binge, the surf industry has come crashing down and once massive international corporations have gone bankrupt. More gonzo journalism than academic history, Cocaine + Surfing: A Sordid History of Surfing’s Greatest Love Affair (Rare Bird, 2018) is a wild thrill ride through several decades of surfing’s love affair with addiction.Irreverent, cynical, and surprisingly erudite, Chas Smith tells us time and time again that he hates being a surf journalist and despise the surfing industry. “I was supposed to have waved goodbye to this shallow end of the swimming pool years ago. I was supposed to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning war reporter by now, spilling valuable words on the plight of Syrian refugees while dodging bullets. Or maybe in the White House briefing room being shouted down by the press secretary for speaking truth to power. Or front row at the Fendi show in Paris, across from Anna Wintour … anywhere but here.” But there he is. Bopping about Southern California’s heart of the surfing industry. Driving from surf industry event to surf industry event, surrounded by increasingly desperate surf industry figures grinding their jaws and trying to get into the bathroom to snort a few lines. All the while, he sardonically observes the surfing industry’s free fall as he gulps down yet another vodka cocktail. Doing his best to find meaning in perhaps the shallowest subculture we could imagine. He is a detached and disgusted observer of the surf industry’s apocalypse who delivers his dispatches in insightful and often hilarious prose. Even if you don't know which side on the surfboard to wax, you’ll find it hard not to be drawn into Chas Smith’s history of surfing.Michael G. Vann is a professor of world history at California State University, Sacramento. A specialist in imperialism and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, he is the author of The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Empires, Disease, and Modernity in French Colonial Vietnam (Oxford, 2018). When he’s not quietly reading or happily talking about new books with smart people, Mike can be found surfing in Santa Cruz, California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/drugs-addiction-and-recovery

1hr 6mins

6 Nov 2020

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REPORTS FROM HELL by Chas Smith - FSFF Book Line-up

Surf Stories by Florida Surf Film Festival

Solid reporting turned narrative, complete with fashion, religious, cultural, surf critique from Yemen to Beirut to Djibouti, Chas Smith absolutely nails this three part memoir of making his way through radical Islam headwaters, war correspondent dues, and AK-47 peppered line-ups.  Pick up his new work and enjoy!  Reports From Hell can be found on Amazon.  

59mins

9 Sep 2020

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#517 - Chas Smith (Scientologist & DnD Podcaster)

Out Of The Blank

Chas is an Instructor at the Founding Church of Scientology but he is also a voice actor for the DnD podcast, "Dungeon Tales". In life we all need a form of relaxing from a stressful day whether its with a drink or getting together with friends to fight goblins and ghouls and overall enjoy an adventure that turns into an everlasting memory and amazing tale. Bringing in the audience to the fun they have with a story guaranteed to rival H.P. Lovecraft.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/out-of-the-blank-podcast/support

54mins

15 Aug 2020

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Chas Smith "Reports from Hell'

Tales from the Cobblestones

Todays guest is Chas Smith. Chas is a Surfer, a writer, a Surf Journalist, a Misfit, a Jokester, an Adventurer, a Podcaster, a Media Personality, the list goes on and on. Chas writes books, and he has written a new book called "Reports from Hell". This is Chas's third book. His first book was "Welcome to Paradise now go to Hell" which he chronicles his time on the North Shore. His second book was "Cocaine and Surfing" about the History of Surfing and it's ties to the coco leaf. Now with Chas's third Book he takes us to the Middle East, which chronicles his tales of adventure with his friend Josh as they rip across the desert streets of Lebanon and Yemen. Chas spent a few years in the Middle East, getting shot at, kicked and even kidnapped by the local militia group known as the "Hizbollah". Chas's book is about Radical Islam and the roots of the scene. For the last 2 decades terrorism has been the the leader in world wide terror, but once Covid hit...It's taking a back seat. Now nothing is  terrorizing the world more than Covid 19.  It was great to have Chas back on the show to talk Lebanon Explosions in Beirut, mid-lenghtn Surfboards, Devon Howard, Brit Merrick, Bobby Martinez,"Welcome to paradise now go to Hell" the Book, Kidnapping, "Reports from Hell" the Book Radical Islam, Surfer Magazine,  His friend Josh and Anna of the North. Enjoy!     This show is brought to you by.. YEW MEDIA and Tropic Sport Sunscreen

53mins

8 Aug 2020

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Episode 122: Chas Smith - Trash Prose

Looking Sideways Action Sports Podcast

Full episode and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.comThis week’s guest is Chas Smith, surely the most notorious surf journalist on the planet right now thanks to his work with Beach Grit, books like Welcome to Paradise Now Go To Hell, and podcasts like Dirty Water and The Grit with David Lee Scales.Along the way, Chas has come to personify a particular type of surf writing trope - the tough-talking, hard-drinking alpha who is forever storming out of trade show interviews and picking literal and metaphorical fights with his peers and contemporaries.And yet….I’ve always been intrigued by Chas. Firstly because I met him last year and found him to be utterly charming. Secondly, because in its way this persona as as much of a cliche as the very surf conformity he has spent his career railing against, and I’ve long suspected that nobody is more aware of that than Charlie himself.All of which begged a fairly obvious question as I sat down to interview him for this episode of the podcast: where does ‘Chas Smith’ end and Charlie Smith begin? Really enjoyed this one - my thanks to Chas for coming on the show and being so open and honest. Thanks to Matt Ward for the theme tune, and to my editor Fina Charleson.

1hr 18mins

6 May 2020

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