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 freelance writer and professional surfer from Sennen, West Cornwall, in
the UK, sponsored by Biomimetics
Health. I specialise in surfEXPLORE projects with renowned photographer John
Callahan and have undertaken groundbreaking trips to the likes of China, Algeria,
Liberia, Kenya, Oman, South Korea, Palawan and the Maluku Islands. Surf writing
has led me to visit over fifty countries. My roots, however, remain in Penwith,
where I live with my family above Gwenver beach, close to Land's End, the westernmost
tip of England - next stop Novia Scotia. I have an MA in Geography from Pembroke
College, the University of Cambridge, and I am researching a part-time PhD in
Travel Writing with University
College Falmouth (Coastal Transitions Project & Performance Writing Research
My new book,
Tropical Beats (Alison Hodge Publishers, Penzance here),
explores 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 writing as performance.
Surfing Tropical Beats is also available in Mandarin Chinese with the Hainan Publishing
My first book, Surfing
Brilliant Corners, details a decade of extreme global surf travel, 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.
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