How Surfing Helped Me Find Presence

Lou Burton, a member of our Varkala team last season, shares her thoughts on how surfing has helped her achieve a more mindful lifestyle since leaving behind the City…  Anxiety is a big word. And it’s not something we admit to freely, or even realise we have until it’s already started to consume us. For […]

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The Soul of Surfing – Part 2

In the second instalment of four articles, Sam Bleakley explores The Soul of Surfing alongside the stunning photography of Katie Rae. You can read part one here, where Sam discusses the cultural context of the term ‘soul surfer’ and the often overlooked role of the wipeout. The Blessing of the Board The spiritual importance of […]

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The Soul of Surfing

In the first instalment of four articles, Sam Bleakley explores The Soul of Surfing alongside the stunning photography of Katie Rae. Immersed in Water Today there are over 30 million surfers in the world, a rainbow spectrum of ages and nations, all seeking fulfilment from riding waves. You can surf reefs, points, beach breaks, river […]

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A Traditional Ayurvedic Detox in Kerala, India

Our team in Kerala recently bid farewell to Lou Burton – who after a couple of months helping out in our clifftop cafe in Varkala, is now off on the next leg of her adventure with partner-in-crime Mark (you can follow along at TannedTonedTravelled.com). While she was with us, Lou took the opportunity to book […]

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Finding presence in Peru

Earlier this year we set off on our first South American adventure – heading all the way to Peru to surf one of its most iconic destinations: Chicama. We had a pretty great time… so much so that we’re going back next year. For those of us that couldn’t make it (but perhaps fancy coming […]

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Lola Bleakley: Extracts from my diary in India

Earlier this season, we hosted our good friend, the pro-longboarder Sam Bleakley here at Soul & Surf in Varkala for a special month-long residency. Sam joined to share his knowledge and love for the ocean through special one-to-one long boarding workshops plus screenings from his Brilliant Corners series of surf travel documentaries. Best of all, […]

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Guest Reviews

Creative Director – Surf Hardware International (FCS, Gorilla, Headhunter Sunscreen) Staying with Ed and Sofie at Soul and Surf was the most relaxing part of our whirlwind of a journey through India. The accommodation is relaxing sophisticated and simple. The perfect way to experience India.

Joshua Secomb, Australia