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The Book Report | July 2022

Do holidays without books exist? We’re not sure. But we did figure a quarterly compilation of the team’s favourite recent reads might be a useful companion to your retreat planning…

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Soul People – Josh Dickson

Soul People: Josh is the founder of Resurface, who create evidence-based surf therapy retreats. They provide connection, build resilience and flow, creativity and self-care – through mindfulness, group therapy, psycho-education – plus sharing the simple, immersive joy of the ocean.

‘Freedom Day’ – and the songs that started a rebellion

Liberdade! Today marks the anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, the military coup that overthrew Salazar's Estado Novo regime, enabled democracy in Portugal, and freedom for its colonies.

Sri Lanka | Our Reflections On This Resilient, Vibrant Island

Soul & Surf co-founder Ed Templeton reflects on returning to Sri Lanka for the first time since early 2020 and gives his first impressions of the two new Soul & Surf locations.

Top 20 Soul Surfers

What makes a Soul Surfer? For us it is more than ripping, more than winning titles. It's something way less tangible, but here we are, trying to parse out what makes our favourite surfers, soulful.

You Can’t Sell Community. But You Can Build It.

If you sell stuff you have to have a community, don’t you? We tell you how to build a community, the Soul & Surf way.

Why we (re)launched At Home

We offer a guided ‘At Home’ subscription service, and focus our efforts on producing the very best content for it that we can. Here's why.

Be Good, Do Good – the Soul & Surf Manifesto

We have tried to capture in words everything that Soul & Surf is really about. It looked a bit like a manifesto – so here is our manifesto for you.

The Salty Swamis Surf History of Sri Lanka

This piece was written by our good friends at Salty Swamis, and kindly reproduced here for your pleasure – A Surf History of Sri Lanka…

An Earth Day Interview with Mossy Earth

In order to reach our own Sustainable-ish targets, one of the things we’ve done is partnered with Mossy Earth - read on for the interview.

What is Yoga to us?

Our Hayley has been knocking around Soul & Surf for a while, so we thought she'd be the best person to describe our Yoga offering, and why it means more to us than just something to tag onto the surf. 

2020? See ya (wouldn’t want to be ya)

The year began with all manner of smug, pithy ‘2020 vision’ articles, comments and posts. Who’d have thunk what would happen next?

The Best Way To Do A Lockdown

2020. It's been a tricksy old year, eh? Sourdough was invented, we learned a new term – 'furlough' (which I honestly thought was something to do with farming,) and all of us overused the word 'unprecedented.' What a time to be ...

Top 15 Soul Surfing Movies Everyone Should See

This is the first list in a series of recommendations, on topics that inform us as individuals and as a company.  Travel, adventure, nature, ocean, culture, soul, art, music, community.  Today we talk our kind of surf movies.

Sim Warren

Soul People - we talk to filmmaker Sim Warren, who created sweeping, dramatic 'The Edgeland' over here in Portugal.

The Soul of Surfing – Part Four

In the final instalment of four articles for Soul & Surf, Sam Bleakley explores The Soul of Surfing alongside the stunning photography of Katie Rae.

The Soul of Surfing – Part Three

In the third instalment of four articles, Sam Bleakley explores The Soul of Surfing alongside the stunning photography of Katie Rae.

The Soul of Surfing – Part Two

In the second instalment of four articles, Sam Bleakley explores The Soul of Surfing alongside the stunning photography of Katie Rae.

Where We Choose to Belong

Soul People - Cat Sarsfield talks to Varghees and Rakhul about waves, their home and why India is where they choose to belong.

Brand Focus: Finisterre

Soul & Surf and Finisterre have been crossing paths for years now - from Joe (our head of partnerships) collaborating with the brand in its earlier years on video content, to sharing mutual friends both in Cornwall and in the tropics.

Mami Wata Woza

Stuff we like: “Woza” ("Come" in Zulu) tells the story of an African surfer who has been taken as a lover by the African water spirit Mami Wata. It features 22 year-old Transkei surfer, Avuyile Ndamase.

What We’re Reading

Book Club - we love a good read, so why not share what we're reading with you, lovely reader?

Chris Nelson

Soul People: On 19th October, the London Surf Film Festival kicks off, marking the seventh annual celebration of the very best in international surf film, art and culture.

Alan Tomlins

Soul People: SmallBatch head honcho, Alan Tomlins introduces himself and tells us a bit about his coffee journey.

Venita from Surfskinoil

Shop Talk: We love working with people who do things differently. When setting up our shop in Sri Lanka we wanted to make sure whoever we stocked had an interesting story to tell.

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