Sam Bleakley
My first book Surfing Brilliant Corners details a decade of extreme global surf travel, illustrated by the photographs of John Callahan. I journey from my birthplace in Cornwall to the living vodou of Haiti, through vibrant African highlife, to the Middle East and Asia. Amongst other adventures, I look deep into the jet black eye of a surfacing shark in Kenya and face a stacked set of foaming lips during storm surf in South Korea.

Surfing Tropical Beats (also translated into Mandarin Chinese) explores the wide belt around the Equator and charts our surfEXPLORE collective on a rollercoaster ride through Haiti, Gabon, India, Vietnam, Algeria and China. Where ‘waves transform from green glass to white foam, the surfboard is the frozen double of that transition – a rainbow bridge that allows you to step in the blink of an eye from inertia to adrenaline-fuelled ecstasy to the fear of the water-wrestling hold-down.’ 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.

The Longboard Travel Guide: a guide to the world’s best longboarding waves does what it says on the tin, while Mindfulness & Surfing: reflections for saltwater souls does something a little different. It does not simply take us inside ourselves to find a still centre, but rather orients us within the environment to find place. We are immersed in water and the salt-soaked zone just above the sea’s skin. Around us, terns dive and fish jump. We are active, alert and intent on balance. Mindfulness in surfing is then, paradoxically, a moving out of mind into the world, moving against the grain of inner-directed thought and reflection into an acute sense of what the environment demands of us – where winds, currents, beach shapes, wave types and lunar-tidal movements meet. In this sense, we move from ‘egology’ to ecology and we generate a bodymindfulness, locating ourselves in place and space.

I have also contributed to and co-edited numerous books on surfing, travel and mindfulness, and edited the only detailed history book on a European surf nation - The Surfing Tribe: A History of Surfing in Britain.
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FEATURED

Surf Nation: In Search of the Fast Lefts and Hollow Rights of Britain and Ireland By Alex Wade

Surf Nation: In Search of the Fast Lefts and Hollow
Rights of Britain and Ireland

By Alex Wade
2007 Simon & Schuster
ISBN 978-0-7432-8598-8
Featured in The Legions of the Unjazzed chapter







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The World Stormrider Guide: Vol 3 By Antony Colas

The World Stormrider Guide: Vol 3
By Antony Colas
2009
Low Pressure Publishing
ISBN 978-0953984060
Featured in the Central Atolls, Maldives section







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Switch-Foot II By Andrew Crockett

Switch-Foot II
By Andrew Crockett
2009 Hodaddy Australia
ISBN 978-0-646-51817-6
Featured in the Russ Pierre/Cornwall Section
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The World Stormrider Guide: Vol 2 By Antony Colas

The World Stormrider Guide: Vol 2
By Antony Colas
2004 Low Pressure Publishing
ISBN 978-0953984022
Featured in the Northern Ecuador section








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Surf Food: The Ultimate Surfers Cookbook  By Nava Young

Surf Food: The Ultimate Surfers Cookbook
By Nava Young
2009Pandanus Productions Angourie
ISBN 978-0-646-52251-7
Featured with a recipe contribution - Fruit Salad
with Honey Spiced Yogurt







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Ultimate Surfing Adventures: 100 Extraordinary Experiences in the Waves By Alf Alderson

Ultimate Surfing Adventures: 100 Extraordinary Experiences in the Waves
By Alf Alderson
2010 Wiley Nautical
ISBN: 978-0-470-71083-8
Featured in China, Oman, Ghana, Liberia, Panama, Algeria, Mauritania and South Korea Chapters
AUTHOR

The Longboard Travel Guide: A Guide to the World's 100 Best Longboarding Waves

The Longboard Travel Guide:
A Guide to the World's 100 Best Longboarding Waves

By Sam Bleakley
Edited by Chris Power
2015 Orca Publications
ISBN 978-0-9567893-4-1
AUTHOR

Mindfulness and Surfing : Reflections for Saltwater Souls

Mindfulness and Surfing : Reflections for Saltwater Souls
By Sam Bleakley
2016 Leaping Hare Press
ISBN 978-1782403296
AUTHOR

Essex Tyler - Riding the Wave

Essex Tyler : Riding the Wave
By Sam Bleakley
Artwork and Pottery by Essex Tyler
2017 T G Publishing
ISBN 978-15262006316
AUTHOR

Surfing Tropical Beats by Sam Bleakley

Surfing Tropical Beats
By Sam Bleakley
photos by John Callahan
2012 Alison Hodge, Penzance
ISBN 978-0-9067208-5-1
AUTHOR

Surfing Tropical Beats - Mandarin-language China edition

Surfing Tropical Beats - Mandarin-language China edition
By Sam Bleakley
photos by John Callahan
2011 Hainan Publishing House, Haikou
ISBN 978-7-5443402-9-8
AUTHOR

Surfing Brilliant Corners - Sam Bleakley

Surfing Brilliant Corners

By Sam Bleakley
photos by John Callahan
2010 Alison Hodge
ISBN 978-0-9067208-0-6
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Looking for Something to Find by Johnny Manetta

Looking for Something To Find
By Johnny Manetta
Edited by Sam Bleakley, Ryan Manetta and Phillippa de Vescey
2014 Toad Hall Press
ISBN 978-0-9931590-0-8
EDITOR

The Surfing Tribe: A History of Surfing in Britain

The Surfing Tribe: A History of Surfing in Britain
By Roger Mansfield
Edited by Sam Bleakley and Chris Power
2009 Orca Publications
ISBN 978-0-9523646-5-8
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Looking for Something to Find by Johnny Manetta

Naturally Mindful:
Reconnecting with the Natural World, Discovering Your True Self

Edited by Leaping Hare Press
2017 Leaping Hare Press
ISBN 978-1782404163
Excerpts from Mindfulness & Surfing by Sam Bleakley
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Sustainable Stoke: Transitions to Sustainability in the Surfing World

Sustainable Stoke:
Transitions to Sustainability in the Surfing World

Edited by Gregory Borne and Jess Ponting
2015 University of Plymouth Press
ISBN 978-1841023410
Making Cultural Pearls out of Political Grit by Sam Bleakley
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Stormrider Surf Guide: Central America and the Caribbean

The Stormrider Surf Guide: Central America and the Caribbean
By Antony Colas
2010 Low Pressure Publishing
ISBN 0956245501
Haiti by Sam Bleakley
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Surf UK : The Definitive Guide to Surfing in Britain

Surf UK : The Definitive Guide to Surfing in Britain
By Alf Alderson
ISBN 987-0-470-51653-9
Contributing writer Cornwall chapter
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Surfing Yearbook: Presented by Surfersvillage

The Surfing Yearbook: Presented by Surfersvillage
Edited by Phil Jarratt, 2009 Gibbs Smith
ISBN 978-1-4236-0558-4
UK and Ireland Report by Sam Bleakley
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Global Surfari: The Surfer's Travel Atlas

Global Surfari: The Surfer's Travel Atlas
2007 Aurum
ISBN 978-1-84513-298-9
Western Europe and Africa chapters by Sam Bleakley
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Soul I-D

Soul i-D
Edited by Tricia Jones
2007 Taschen
ISBN 978-3-8365-0666-3
Safe and Sound contribution by Sam Bleakley
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

September: Edited by Michael Fordham

September
Edited by Michael Fordham
2007September Project
ISBN 978-0-9557392-0-0
Fish & Bird poem by Sam Bleakley featured
FEATURED

SurfExplore : Dix ans autour du monde

SurfExplore : Dix ans autour du monde
By Erwan Simon and John Callahan
2017 Cloitre Imprimeurs
ISBN 978-2-9562982-0-5
Featured in Madagascar, Indonesia Pacifique, Sierra Leone, Algerie, Gabon, Philippines, Haiti, Inde and Mauritanie chapters
FEATURED

Attention : Beyond Mindfulness

Attention : Beyond Mindfulness
By Gay Watson
2017 Reaktion Books
ISBN 978-1-7802374-5-9
Featured in ‘surfing’ section
FEATURED

Sennen Surf Comp 2016

Sennen Surf Comp 2016
By Nigel Williama and Luke Brown
2016 Blurb
Featured in images by Luke Brown throughout
FEATURED

The Stormrider Surf Guide: Africa

The Stormrider Surf Guide: Africa
By Bruce Sutherland and Antony Colas
2014 Low Pressure Publishing
ISBN B00IS7HQ04
FEATURED

The Stormrider Surf Guide: Tropical Islands

The Stormrider Surf Guide: Tropical Islands
By Bruce Sutherland
2013 Low Pressure Publishing
ISBN 1908520337
Featured in Hainan, China, Barbados, Haiti and the Maldives
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Passion Coast Surf Wanning Book

Passion Coast Surf Wanning Book
2011 Swatch Girls Pro
2011 Wanning Municipal Government
Featured in Sam Bleakley : The Great Promoter
FEATURED

Passion Coast Surf Wanning Book

Passion Coast Surf Wanning Book
2010 Wanning International Surf Festival
2010 Wanning Municipal Government
Featured in Sam Bleakley : Famous Writer and Professional Surfer
FEATURED

Haiti by Paul Clammer

Haiti
By Paul Clammer
2013 Bradt Travel Guides
ISBN B00QCKUJ9O
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