website for freelance writer, explorer and professional surfer Sam Bleakley, whose
second book 'Surfing Tropical Beats' was published in April 2012. His first book,
'Surfing Brilliant Corners' was published in 2010.
I am a travel writer, academic, surfer and presenter from Cornwall in
the UK, and Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Cultural
Tourism Management BA Hons at Falmouth
University. My research in cultural tourism, surf travel and geography
is particularly focused on Cornwall, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.
Surf travel has led me to visit sixty countries, documenting cultural
tourism frontiers in Haiti, China, Algeria, Liberia, Oman and South
Korea. My roots, however, remain in Penwith, where I live with my family
above Gwenver beach, close to Land's End. I have an MA in Geography
from Pembroke College, the University of Cambridge, and my ongoing PhD
research at Falmouth University is focused on Haiti, surfing and new
modes of travel writing. I am currently working on a history of the
Writers' Practice) and The
Longboard Travel Guide (Orca Publications).
My first book, Surfing
Brilliant Corners (Alison Hodge Publishers Penzance), details a
decade of extreme global surf travel and research in cultural tourism
and geography, illustrated by John Callahan, as we journey to the likes
of Mauritania, locked in political strife, where landmines litter access
to some of the best waves on the planet; and Haiti, which captures my
heart and makes it race as if falling in love. In the sequel, Surfing
Tropical Beats, I explore the wide belt around the Equator, where
the paradoxical red hot and cool blue of surfing, and the often icy
logic of preparation for challenging travel, form a matrix from which
springs a distinctive kind of performance writing. Surfing Tropical
Beats has been translated to Mandarin Chinese with the Hainan
Publishing House, Haikou.
explore this extensive presentation of words, photographs and videos. Find
up-to-date news about related surfing, writing and exploration projects on
the Sam Bleakley
Blog. Follow Sam Bleakley on Facebook.
Videos can be viewed on the Sam Bleakley Vimeo
Channel or YouTube