Sam Bleakley
My passion to stay with the sea-drummer's beat and play melodies against the grinding bass of deep ocean swells has taken me from my birthplace in West Cornwall to discover a spectrum of surfing and cultural challenges. I embrace these with a geographical imagination educated by the classroom of Cambridge University and polished by global field trips, often to politically difficult and culturally complex brilliant corners of the world.

For me, while exploration is the essence of surfing, I take surfing beyond the wave, to a wider sense of place - to people in concert with landscape, and often to varieties of culture shock. I want to travel to extreme places in the sense of unusual, or out of the way, corners of coastline to engage with the essence of the place and its inhabitants. The journey is as important as the goal. But I do not want to conquer the dark spots on the map. I prefer to think that the sea and travel shape me, rather than imagining that I stamp my identity on anything. By approaching new situations with an openness and willingness to learn, I have come to appreciate that there is a place between acceptance and confidence that demands poise. We all know the feeling of poise. The trick is how you translate that moment into life as a whole.
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"Sam Bleakley is one of a select few professional surfers whose talents go even beyond his mastery of board and wave. He travels with a clear eye and writes with a crisp, thoughtful voice that never fails to evoke the sense of a place, the flavours of its landscape and cultures, and the thrill of exploring new frontiers in the surfing world. Sam Bleakley's travel writing offers our readers regular doses of irregular intelligence, humour, insight and adventure."

Alex Dick-Read, editor-in-chief - The Surfers Path.
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Liberia
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