Sam Bleakley Workshops

April 2016

We are bursting with excitement to tell you that Sam Bleakley will be joining our team in Sri Lanka to teach, talk, inspire and hang out. Sam is a professional surfer we’ve admired for a long time because he’s so much more than a professional surfer. A creative and brilliant writer, an explorer, a film-maker and most importantly he’s someone who’s out there proving that you don’t have to follow the ‘accepted’ path to get along. “Travel the path less trodden,” says Sam.

Longboard & Surf Clinics
We’ll be offering either one-to-one or one-to-two maximum surf sessions with Sam for the intermediate and above surfer to work on and develop their surfing technique whilst hearing first hand about Sam’s life, travel and surfing experiences. The longboard clinics will focus on learning to cross-step, noseride, hang five or hang ten, drop-knee turn, or simply ride with a smooth, flowing, confident style. But Sam is experienced on all manner of surf craft so if you’re a shortboarder he’ll tailor the surf clinic to your needs and ambitions.
£40 for one session, £100 for three sessions, £150 for five.
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Films, talks & workshops
Sam will be introducing and showing some of his surf, travel and exploration films on weekly film nights at Soul & Surf and we’ll also squeeze in a kind of workshop, Q&A session each week where Sam will talk about the less trodden path he’s taken in his surfing life.

About Sam
Sam Bleakley is a surf writer, published author, professional longboarder (specializing in exploration with the surfEXPLORE collective) and a former multiple European, British, English and Cornish Longboard Champion and WSL World Longboard Tour competitor. Sam is also a presenter of the Brilliant Corners processional surf travel series exploring emerging surf cultures, and occasional lecturer in Cultural Tourism, Geography and Surf Science.

Sam (aged 37) has been surfing for 32 years, and not only brings skill as a surfer into surf guiding, but also imagination and creativity. Sam is currently researching a part time PhD in surf travel writing and surf exploration on Haiti at Falmouth University in the UK. His recently finished two new books include Mindfulness & Surfing: Reflections for Saltwater Souls (out in Spring 2016) and The Longboard Travel Guide: a Guide to the World’s Best Longboard Waves. Sam is very interested in the relationship between surfing and dance. This is detailed in Sam’s books Surfing Brilliant Corners (2010) and Surfing Tropical Beats (2013) where surfing is framed through metaphors of music (particularly jazz), exploring how surfers think like musicians and dancers, using invention, complex rhythm, timing and spontaneity to turn impossible wave scenarios into beautiful dance. Sam explains, “’Jazz’ is not just a kind of music – the primary African-American art form – but a way of thinking and doing (based on improvisation, syncopation, timing, rhythm and beat). Surfers and travellers can be jazz players (and dancers) without ever liking or knowing jazz (or dance), where they have that jazz feel that takes them away from the straight line and the standard moves. Surfing is about improvising in brilliant ways that utilise the sea’s surprises. And surfers who travel with sensitivity to local cultures and landscapes quickly get an ear for the rhythm of the moment and show facility for improvisation. These performances demand a stage – a place – which is the main player and shapes the performance.”

You can watch Sam in action in his Brilliant Corners films here and Vimeo feed here

Guest Reviews

I loved every single minute of every single day. The hosts Adam & Rachel were amazing. They are both very friendly, approachable, happy, positive & willing to interact with us all. Nothing was ever a problem for them. Adams teaching style for surfing was patient & thorough while still being funny & entertaining. Rachel is also […]

Brooke Belton