Haiti in The Surfers Path

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

It’s my fifth visit to Haiti, and peering out of the ‘plane window on a clear morning, I spot that the country’s outline looks like a caricature of a human heart, blood flowing into Port au Prince. The source of this pulse is already singing its iambic pentameter – lub-dup, lub-dup, lub-dup – even against the grain of recent tragedy post-’quake. Nobody wishes misfortune on Haiti, but brushes with death seem to give the heartbeat a new resilience. I swear that I can almost hear that solid, rhythmic beat pushing through the clatter of the undercarriage release as the wheels come down to land. For such moments you need a hardened heart and Haiti has had to steel itself against adversity on so many occasions that you would think that its heart had become sclerotic. But far from it – in the body of the people a tender heart still beats, life affirming and resistant.  …

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.
This entry was posted in Exposure, Falmouth University, Haitis Brilliant Corners, MeyerhofferSurfboards, PhD, surfEXPLORE, SurfingBrilliantCorners, SurfingTropicalBeats, Thomas Meyerhoffer, Zed Layson. Bookmark the permalink.