The official 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.
Sam Bleakley
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 Longboard (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.
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Gabon
Sam Bleakley - Haiti

Haiti
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Philippines


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Barbados
Sam Bleakley - Surf Malaysia

Malaysia
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Mauritania
Sam Bleakley - China

China
Sam Bleakley - Liberia

Liberia
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China




Brilliant Corners Haiti
Sam Bleakley - Surf Philippines

Philippines
Sam Bleakley
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