Surfing Brilliant Corners review – Surfer magazine & REVIEW QOUTES

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‘a beautifully written book … accompanied by some stunning photos … packs in some incredible trips which are well off the beaten track … A great read and a wonderful contribution to the increasingly rich library of literature by British surfers’ (Tim Kevan, The Barrister Blog, 29.06.10.)

‘A book worth reading if you’re looking for a one-man jazz-infused tip-toe along the road of life. … Sam simply shares his past, his present and his frequencies with us, which is worth sharing. He’s well travelled, a Cambridge alumni, and speaks with soft tones.’ (Drift, 22.06.10.)

‘a jazz-inspired song of surfing…
‘Bleakley argues persuasively that surfing, and therefore life generally, consists of imparting some new syncopated swerve to an old standard and improvising amid the maelstrom, “between chaos and control”.’ (Andy Martin, The Independent, 09.07.10.)

‘un piacevolissimo mix di surf-report, avventura (quella in cui qualcosa va necessariamente storto) e raffinata letteratura di viaggio, resa palpabile dalle immagini di Callahan.’ (SurfNews, June 2010)

‘Bleakley is part of a growing group of creative writers determined to push the boundaries … “and write with a jazz timing that captures the essence of travel and sports … and enable a wider readership to take surfing and surf travel more seriously.” …
‘Surfing Brilliant Corners is unlike anything else in the surf writing genre – and all the better for it.’ (Cornwall Today, August 2010)

‘Sam is a cut above when it comes to travel writing … he has made a name for himself in all the best surfing publications world wide. … the insights into some of the more remote quadrants of the surfing world are inspirational … The photos are excellent, the words perfect’ (Wavelength, 194, August 2010)

‘a highly entertaining surf-travel book … Written with the same elegance with which he rides a board.’ (The Cornishman, 29.07.10.)

‘It’s a vibrant collection of writing you’ll want to spend time with, one you can really sink your teeth into and get your brain working. And John Callahan’s photos are fantastic as always – culture and surf.
‘The road less travelled is never easy, but can be extremely rewarding. With Surfing Brilliant Corners, it’s a pleasure to have a solid gold dose of surfing literature from some of the world’s waveriding frontiers.’ (Pacific Longboarder, 15 August 2010.)

‘Book greeted by excellent sales and superb reviews’ (Global Surf News, 05.08.10).

‘Um amor incondicional pelo surf, pelo mundo e pela grande aventura humana.
‘As imagens deslumbrantes de John Callahan fornecem o apelo visual ideal para ilustrar as palavras de Bleakley, neste que é um dos grandes livros de surf atualmente disponíveis no mercado.’ (Surf Portugal, Agosto 2010)

‘There’s rhythm and fun… Bleakley has, in the surfing genre and beyond, rare writing skills and sensitive powers of observation. He also has passion and a dexterous imagination.’ (The Surfer’s Path, September 2010)

‘it is Bleakley’s lyrical stylings that set the tone, coloured by John Callahan’s photography that fleshes out the lifestyle entailed in the search for waves in the planet’s furthest-flung corners.’ (Action Asia, September/October 2010)

‘Ever respectful and humbled by the places he visits, the people he meets and the breaks he surfs, this is an inspiring travel journal… . Stir in bold and expansive photography by JS Callahan and you’ve got yourself a winner.’ (Cooler, October 2010)

‘an atypical surf book delving into the deeper meaning of surf travel and its path to self-discovery’ (Surf Caribe, October 2010)

‘Sam Bleakley has converted 10 years of world traveling into 190 pages of lyrical anecdotes and vivid photographs by J.S. Callahan’ (Surfer Magazine, November 2010)

‘the pages conjure up a lifestyle far removed from that of your average weekend surfer, and show how, when you are lucky enough to be as talented as the author, the sport can take you places you had never dreamed of visiting. …
‘The photographs by John Callahan are, simply, gorgeous. In full colour, they bring far-flung corners of the world and its people vividly to life. ’ (Tavistock Times Gazette, 04.11.10)

About Sam Bleakley

I am a freelance writer and professional surfer from Sennen, West Cornwall, in the UK. I specialise in surf exploration projects with renowned surfEXPLORE photographer John Callahan. I have undertaken groundbreaking trips to the likes of Algeria, Liberia, Kenya, Oman, South Korea, Hainan, Palawan and the Maluku Islands. Surf writing has led me to visit sixty countries. My roots, however, remain in Penwith, where I live with my family above Gwenver beach, close to Land's End, the westernmost tip of Britain - next stop Novia Scotia. I have an MA in Geography from Pembroke College, the University of Cambridge, and I am currently researching a part time PhD in Travel Writing with Falmouth University. I am the author of two illustrated surf travel books, Surfing Brilliant Corners and Surfing Tropical Beats (Alison Hodge Publisher, Penzance). I have been a multiple European and British Longboard surfing Champion, and former competitor on the ASP World Longboard Tour. I am widely published and featured in international magazines and newspapers ranging from Resurgence to Action Asia to The Cornishman, and a regular contributor to The Surfer's Path. I have studied and taught travel writing courses and guest lecture on aspects of surfing, travel, writing and geogrphy in further and higher education. I edited The Surfing Tribe: a history of surfing in Britain, and have edited Longboarding supplements and specials for Carve and Wavelength magazines. My first book, Surfing Brilliant Corners, details a decade of extreme global surf travel, illustrated by John Callahan. Surfing, jazz, geography, ecology and cultural studies mix as I journey to Mauritania, locked in political strife, where landmines litter access to some of the best waves on the planet; and Haiti, which captures my heart and makes it race as if falling in love. My second book, Surfing Tropical Beats, follows our surfEXPLORE team on a rollercoaster ride from Haiti to Gabon, through Algeria, India, Vietnam, China and back to Haiti.
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