15 - 22nd February 2020


Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the Atlantic, as we explore the soul of longboarding with special guest Sam Bleakley, who will be sharing his passion, techniques and expertise, both in the water and out.

We are bursting with excitement to tell you that multiple European Longboard Champion, writer, filmmaker, and all-round lovely human, Sam, is joining us at Soul & Surf Portugal

We will explore the style, the culture and the connection to the ocean that longboarding offers us. Sam will also be hosting daily interactive workshops and showing movies at the Soul & Surf Quinta, where we will look after you with our usual dose of yoga, food and therapies (provided by Sam’s gorgeous wife Sandy!)

Who are you?

You have already started your journey into longboarding, and are ready to explore both the technical and creative sides of this expressive art. You have experience with a longboard, but don’t worry if you are not an expert. However, you’ll definitely get the most out of this if you are familiar with riding a longboard, at whatever level.

This isn’t about guaranteeing you a noseride or a cross-step by the end of the week. Take the pressure off, because those things can take years of practice, dedication and time in the ocean. Yes, you’ll learn the techniques and mechanics of how they are performed, and how to practise them on your continuing surfing journey.

But this is more importantly an immersion into the soul of longboarding, sharing stories, history and time with one another.

What will we be doing?

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 Clinics
We’ll be heading out for daily 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.

Films, talks & workshops
Sam will be introducing and showing some of his surf, travel and exploration films at Soul & Surf and we’ll also squeeze in a kind of workshop, Q&A session each day where Sam will talk about the less trodden path he’s taken in his surfing life.

About Sam

Sam is a writer, presenter, filmmaker, surf contest commentator and former multiple European Longboard Champion from Cornwall in the UK. He produces a wide range of creative and intellectual work on surfing through books, films, articles, workshops, events and educational programs. Sam always intends to celebrate surfing’s potential to inspire positive change in both local and global contexts. He has a PhD from Falmouth University (researching travel writing and surf exploration in Haiti), and an MA in Geography from Pembroke College, the University of Cambridge. He is also a former Senior Lecturer in Cultural Tourism at Falmouth University.
Sam presents a processional series of hour-long documentaries called Surfing Brilliant Corners exploring emerging surf cultures, sustainability, cultural exchange and the power of surfing for social good in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. His roots, however, remain in Penwith, where he lives with his family above Gwenver beach, close to Land’s End.
Alongside freelance writing and editing work, Sam hosts the live broadcast for the World Surf League and International Surfing Association World Longboard Championships and continues to be an active professional surfer as an ambassador for Finisterre, Inner Visions, Koalition Surf and Cab9 Eyewear.
Sam regularly collaborates with Soul & Surf on a number of cutting-edge projects, and runs annual residencies in India and other locations, where he support grassroots movements and emerging surf communities.
Sam’s first book Surfing Brilliant Corners details a decade of extreme global surf travel, illustrated by the photographs of John Callahan. He journeys from his birthplace in Cornwall to the living vodou of Haiti, through vibrant African highlife, to the Middle East and Asia. Surfing Tropical Beats (also translated into Mandarin Chinese) explores the wide belt around the Equator and charts a rollercoaster ride through Haiti, Gabon, India, Vietnam, Algeria and China. 
The Longboard Travel Guide : a guide to the world’s best longboarding waves does what it says on the tin, while Mindfulness & Surfing : reflections for salwater souls does something a little different. It does not simply take us inside ourselves to find a still centre, but rather orients us within the environment to find place. We are immersed in water and the salt-soaked zone just above the sea’s skin. Sam has also contributed to and co-edited numerous books on surfing, travel and mindfulness, and edited The Surfing Tribe : a history of surfing in Britain and Children of the Tide : an exploration of surfing in dynastic China.


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