In Cocaine + Surfing: A Sordid History of Surfing\u2019s Greatest Love Affair, author Chas Smith reveals the connection between surfing and one of the world\u2019s most insidious illicit drugs. Surfing rode into the imaginations of a generation on the waves of the cultural shifts of the 1960s and '70s. The culture quickly gained the image of tanned young men, spending their days on the beach and their nights partying. Early on, it was beer, joints, and girls, but then the surf market was born.\r\n\r\nJust as quickly as surfing\u2019s advent into popular culture became commonplace, the rise of the surfing attire and accessory market took hold. Soon it was a multi-million and even multi-billion dollar industry. With such high stakes, businesses couldn\u2019t afford to allow a \u201cbad boy\u201d image ruin their investment (side note: try telling this to The Mad Hueys), so while the rebelliousness of the surfing culture was still there, it was highly tempered.\r\n\r\nSuch subversion, however, only served to push the parties into harder territories, where they met up with the illustrious devil's dandruff; booger sugar; California Cornflakes; shout louder powder ... cocaine.\r\n\r\nSoon, it wasn\u2019t just the pranks and bad behaviour that were being covered up, but overdoses, bar fights, and even murders. Cocaine + Surfing takes a look at how the surfing culture, with its positive, natural, beautiful people actually did, for a while, hide a sordid secret infected with addiction and violence.\r\nCheck it out\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.