website for travel writer, geographer, surfer and presenter Sam Bleakley
I am a travel writer, geographer, presenter, filmmaker, surf contest commentator and former multiple European Longboard Champion from Cornwall in the UK. I produce, perform and curate creative and intellectual work on surfing through books, films, articles, workshops, events and educational programs. My work focuses on more challenging off-the-beaten-track locations, many of which are post-conflict or post-environmental disaster. I always intend to celebrate surfing’s potential to inspire positive change in both local and global contexts. I have a PhD from Falmouth University (researching travel writing and surf exploration in Haiti), and an MA in Geography from Pembroke College, the University of Cambridge. I am also a former Senior Lecturer in Cultural Tourism at Falmouth University.
I produce and present a processional series of hour-long documentaries called Brilliant Corners exploring emerging surf cultures, sustainability, cultural exchange and the power of surfing for social good in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. My roots, however, remain in Penwith, where I live with my family above Gwenver beach, close to Land's End.
Alongside freelance writing and editing work, I host the live broadcast for the WSL and ISA World Longboard Championships and continue to be an active professional surfer as an ambassador for Finisterre, Firewire and The Wave. I also work with photographer John Callahan and the surfEXPLORE collective, specialising in showcasing currently undocumented surfing coastlines. I regularly collaborate with Soul & Surf on a number of cutting-edge projects, and run annual residencies in India and other locations, where I support grassroots movements and emerging surf communities.