I did this interview for me. I had spoken to Chas Smith once before – right after he got into all kinds of hot water for quoting Mick Fanning using anti-Semitic language at a house party on the North Shore. And I’ve followed his work pretty closely since. When an article called Tales of a Fucking Jew appears in a surf magazine, it tends to grab attention. Especially from Jews. So I’ve followed him with interest, because unlike most of the words published beside gorgeous images of dudes in the ocean in glossy mags, his aren’t usually boring. He twice shat on The Inertia, which I was excited to discuss with him, and two weeks ago, we spoke through a phone line connecting me in Venice, California to him in San Diego. The call only dropped once. Between discussing details of his new book Welcome to Paradise, Now Go To Hell, beatings on the North Shore, the injustice of Andy Irons’ tale, and why he hates his first wife, ’twas a good talk. And now, we’re best buds. ‘Til the next episode.
Well, congratulations on finishing up your book. I really enjoyed it.