website for travel writer, geographer, surfer and presenter Sam Bleakley
I am a travel writer, geographer, surfer and presenter from Cornwall in the UK,
and research fellow, creative writer and brand ambassador for The
Wave UK. My work in writing, cultural tourism and surf travel is particularly
focused on Cornwall, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Surf travel and a longterm
collaboration with photographer John
Callahan and surfEXPLORE 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 narrative non-fiction on wave morphology (The
Writers' Practice) and The
Longboard Travel Guide (Orca Publications).
My first book,
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.