The Battle for Paradise: Surfing, Tuna, and One Town’s Quest to Save a Wave

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“Don’t miss this uplifting tale of fantastic surfing, saving the environment, and a greedy company’s efforts to expand their business at all costs—all in our sleepy little southern town of Pavones.”—Carol Blair Vaughn, Costa Rica Star Published On: 2015-09-29 

“A valuable addition to surf historiography. . . . Enjoyable and well-told narrative.”—Tolga Ozyurtcu, Sport in American History Published On: 2016-04-02


“Congratulations to Jeremy Evans for telling the truest story so far about Pavones, the iconic end-of-the-road place where human greed and conflict threatened to destroy exactly what brought people there.”—Drew Kampion, award-winning author and former editor of Surfer and Surfing magazines


Published On: 2015-03-04


“Jeremy Evans tells the true story of surfers, tuna, drug lords, and jungle fever in the backwaters and blue bays of Costa Rica. For anyone who has traveled the surf coast of Central America, The Battle for Paradise is a must-read.”—Serge Dedina, executive director of Wildcoast and author of Wild Sea and Surfing the Border


Published On: 2015-03-04


“The waves of Pavones rifle down a long left-hand point break, and for this reason they have become some of the most iconic waves in Costa Rica. However, as incredible as the waves are, the story behind the town is what will truly leave you gasping for air.”—Kyle Thiermann, professional surfer

Published On: 2015-03-04

“Pavones, Costa Rica, lay in a bucolic slumber until an entrepreneurial American smuggler with a Napoleon complex paid cash for a county-sized chunk of its surf-swept coast and made himself king. Things spiraled out of control from there, subsiding into a tropical stew of escapists, surfers, squatters, greed, and long, clean lefts.”—Steve Pezman, publisher of the Surfer’s Journal

Published On: 2015-03-04

About the Author

Jeremy Evans is a former daily newspaper reporter whose eight-year journalism career garnered numerous awards for his outdoor and sports writing. He is the author of In Search of Powder: A Story of America’s Disappearing Ski Bum (Nebraska, 2010) and currently teaches English at Lake Tahoe Community College and South Tahoe High School in California.
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