Chas Smith is a regular contributor and editor at large at Surfing Magazine, and has also contributed to Vice, GQ, Blackbook, Stab, the New York Times T Magazine and BeachGrit.com.The first to surf mainland Yemen, Osama Bin Laden's ancestral homeland, directly after 9/11, he's written about fashion in Somalia, debauchery in Azerbaijan and terrorists in India. In 2006, Smith covered the conflict between Israel and Lebanon and was kidnapped by Hezbollah. His first book, Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell, was published in 2013 in Australia by Black Inc.
a fascinating expose of surfing's untold story - GQ AustraliaEffortlessly shifting from the profound to the profane . . . A boozy and often funny investigation into a little-understood corner of America. - Kirkus Reviews on WELCOME TO PARADISE, NOW GO TO HELLhis storytelling is taut; he leaps from person to person, from seaside mansion to inland shack, from history to history, sometimes all on the same page and in ways that slice deep. - Wall Street Journal on WELCOME TO PARADISE, NOW GO TO HELLwell-written and extremely funny - Sunday Territorian