the 11-time world champ has just announced that he’s bought the film and TV rights for Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter’s book Thai Stick: Surfers Scammers and the untold story of the Marijuana Trade.
Well before California’s ‘Emerald Triangle’ bloomed and easy access to prescription marijuana reigned in the Golden State – back in the hazy mid-70s – Thailand’s Chao Phya River and Bangkok served as a smuggler’s paradise.
The ganja trade was wide open.
Before it became an industry Thailand was where all the good weed was coming from.
But Maguire and Ritter not only partook – In 2013 they published a book about it.
And now as Kelly launches OuterKnown and seizes the reigns at Firewire – he’s getting into the documentary production biz too.
‘This is a history they certainly don’t teach you in school but an important and significant cultural phenomenon that occurred mostly undocumented’ says Kelly via Instagram.
‘It took the professional historian and former smuggler (Maguire and Ritter) 15 years to complete and it (Thai Stick) is based on thousands of hours of interviews.
They document everything you didn’t know about pot smuggling from the late 60s thru early 80s – diving into every aspect of the game from personal to political.
Even #TimothyLeary and #RichardNixon make cameos.
As an innocent kid growing up in Florida I knew nothing about this stuff but heard lots of stories about the surfing/smuggling connections related to people I knew.
I was always intrigued hearing about the guys I considered to be #RealLifePirates.
A lot of what I know now comes from the pages in this book and corroborates things I heard as a kid’.