Beat the Drum & Dance Again – surfEXPLORE Haiti on Maptia


For exploratory surf travel, Haïti is easily one of the most exciting countries to experience in the Caribbean – her uncrowded waves, rugged coastline, thriving informal economy, decorated taptap buses, Creole wit, grace, artistic energy, religious expressiveness in vodou and laughter that cannot be extinguished even in the face of adversity, and that often comes knocking at night playing tunes on bones and whistling dark melodies. Here is a country rich in spirit, rough, resilient, ironic and brave, where people confirm the simple joy of being alive. If you have visited Haïti you will understand how this place inspires passion. It is a love like experience, unpredictable, unmissable. And when you get home you know you’ll be struck by an outpouring of emotion for the place, missing it badly, your heart going out to those still suffering from the effects of the earthquake and cholera outbreak…

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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