1st place in the Single Fin @ British Longboard Union Freshwater West contest

AClassic snap with friends and legends Ben ‘Skindog’ Skinner and Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths collecting trophies at the British Longboard Union Freshwater West contest, the third stop on the BLU Tour. RESULTS:

SINGLE FIN: 1. Sam Bleakley, 2. Ben Skinner, Connor Griffiths, 4. Nick Dowrick.

OPEN: 1. Ben Skinner, 2. Sam Bleakley, 3. Jack Unsworth, 4. Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths.

MASTERS: 1. Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths, 2. Colin Bright, 3. Rich Unsworth, 4. Adam Chell.

GRAND MASTERS: 1. Ben Marshall, 2. Colin Bright, 3. Ben Keay, 4. Minnow Green

GIRLS U18: 1. Maisie Marshall, 2. Anya Burley, 3. Lily Wright.

CADETS U16: 1. Jack Unsworth, 2. Tom Horn, 3. Anya Burley, 4. Lily Wright.

JUNIOR U18: 1. Jack Unsworth, 2. Maisie Marshall, 3. Tom Horn, 4. Ashley Wright.

WOMEN: 1. Claire Smail, 2. Maisie Marshall, 3. Hazel Illett, 4. Vikki Burley.

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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