Cocaine and Surfing Takes a Deeper Look Into the Sport's Untold History

"All I Need Are Some Tasty Waves and a Ton of Blow and I'm Fine."

By Thompson Brandes ·

Johnny Tsunami. Jeff Spicoli. Bodhi. Anne Marie Chadwick. The Penguins from Surf’s Up. All legendary wave riders. All debilitative, habitual cocaine users.

Well, let’s maybe walk that one back—harsh accusations for major reputations. What we do know, however, is that cocaine perhaps plays a more significant role beneath surfing’s clean, laid back surface than most assume. Chas Smith dives head first into the matter in his new, coffee table-friendly book, aptly titled Cocaine and Surfing: A Sordid History of Surfing’s Greatest Love Affair.

The bestselling author offers a detailed glimpse into the advent of professional surfing, and the big time money that broadened the culture’s extracurricular activities as a result—nose beers not excluded. Between untold stories of extravagant parties, untimely overdoses and dark cover-ups, the book doesn’t miss a beat, nor a good time.

Cocaine and Surfing is now available for pre-order on Amazon upon its June 12 release.

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