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Surfing Tropical Beats


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1 surf EX PLORE 2 Get ting Trac tion in Haiti 3 Gabon to the Point 4 India Multikulti 5 Viet nam Hot and Cool 6 Algeria Under the Rainbow 7 China Cat Sunflower 8 Haiti Post Quake 9 Haiti Apocalypso 10 Infu sion Surfing

About the Author

Sam Bleakley is a professional surfer, writer and explorer. He has been a multiple European, British and English long board surfing champion, and is sponsored by Biomimetics Health Industries UK. He has an MA in Geography from Pembroke College, University of Cambridge and is currently researching a PhD in Travel Writing at University College Falmouth. He is author of Surfing Brilliant Corners, and is widely published and featured in international magazines, including The Surfer's Path, Wend, SurfNews and Pacific Long boarder. Sam lives with his family above Gwenver Beach, Sennen, Cornwall.


'Algeria in particular is a real eye-opener.' (Wavelength Surf Magazine, on their Most Wanted page, Issue 214, May 2012) 'incredible photography' (Carve Surfing Magazine, issue 132, 12.04.21) 'a really incredible new book... It's about travel, it's about the environment and it's most definitely about waves. But above all it's about the human condition and in particular how the journeys to the highest mountains (or in this case the remotest waves) always take you through the deepest valleys. ... A fantastic book which journeys into the heart of darkness where the music, the waves and above all the people give us hope.' (Tim Kevan, The Barrister Blog, 02.05.12) '... lots of shots of Holly Beck and Baybay Niu, so definitely some surf girl style too.' (Surf Girl, issue 37, June 2012) 'En ingles, con fotos y reportajes sobre los remotos enclaves surferos... Combinando exploracion con aventura al ritmo tropical.' (3Sesenta, no. 156, June 2012) 'Im SURFERS haben wir ja schon viele ihrer immer wieder ungewohnlichen Reiseberichte veroffentlicht, und wer sie gelesen hat, weiA , dass es hier um mehr geht als nur ums Surfern selbst. Fur jeden Reise-Freak unter euch ist dies mit Sicherheit eine spannende Lekture!' (Surfers, issue no. 90, June 2012)'Sam Bleakley has once again teamed up with John Callahan, taker of really quite awesome photographs. ... [They] got stuck into some "deep travel" ... with their route reading a little like a war/environmental disaster correspondent's to do list. The result is an authentic account of some of the less fabled new frontiers in surf travel. Definitely a recommended read.' (Cooler, issue no. 37, June/July 2012) 'Though surfing is the vehicle, they are more than idle passengers, serious about getting under the skin of places... read Bleakley's text for a dense, philosophical delving into the nature of what they do, or skim through to oggle John Callahan's surf and travel photography. Both journeys are worth making.' (Action Asia, May/June 2012) 'Best yet in Surf Travel Writing ... a vivid sense of place, ... a refreshing and world-class style of contemporary travel writing. Surfing is the lens to explore, but the heart of the story is people and place in areas usually represented as disaster zones. I have recently read books about Haiti, and none seem to capture the energy evoked in Surfing Tropical Beats. ... should appeal to all readers interested in adventure, travel and exploration.' (SurfTravelBooks, 09.04.12) 'One ... travel writer worth seeking out for some rather leftfield angles would be the surf writer Sam Bleakley. He's done two books of sort of surf-jazz-travel essays, which are excellent, and he has a very interesting stylistic approach ... They come with pretty fine photos too... ' (Tim Hannigan, Response to Alison Flood, Guardian, 10.08.12)

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