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Surfing Tropical Beats

Sam Bleakley, pho­tos by John Cal­la­han

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Surf­ing Trop­ical Beats book pages

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Surfing Tropical Beats Haiti © JS Callahan photo

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Surfing Tropical Beats Haiti © JS Callahan photo

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Surfing Tropical Beats Haiti © JS Callahan photo

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Surfing Tropical Beats Haiti © JS Callahan photo

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Surfing Tropical Beats ©-JS-Callahan photo

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Surfing Tropical Beats Vietnam © JS Callahan photo

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Surfing Tropical Beats Hainan China © JS Callahan photo

In this much anti­cip­ated sequel to Surf­ing Bril­liant Corners, Sam Bleakley and the surf­EX­PLORE team take us on a roller­coaster ride through Gabon, India, Viet­nam, Algeria, China and Haiti, drum­ming up a trop­ical beat. Com­bin­ing ‘Deep Travel’, John Callahan’s incred­ible pho­to­graphy and Sam’s per­form­ance writ­ing, they cap­ture the spirit of these tur­bu­lent coast­s­capes, blood racing, run­ning on salt­water fuel. The wide belt around the Equator – the trop­ics – has become an allur­ing path for travel, but a region often steeped in war and envir­on­mental dis­asters. Sam and surf­EX­PLORE go off the reg­u­lar route, carving a niche, col­lab­or­at­ing with loc­als, doc­u­ment­ing the occa­sion poet­ic­ally and with pre­ci­sion. Where ‘waves trans­form from green glass to white foam, the surf­board is the frozen double of that trans­ition – a rain­bow bridge that allows you to step in the blink of an eye from iner­tia to adrenaline-​​fuelled ecstasy to the fear of the water-​​wrestling hold-​​down.’ The para­dox­ical red hot and cool blue of surf­ing, and the often icy logic of pre­par­a­tion for chal­len­ging travel, form a mat­rix from which springs a dis­tinct­ive kind of writ­ing as performance. By turns, surf­EX­PLORE gather their wits at the cross­roads where ‘lov­ers part and souls get taken by the lost high­way, lured down the wrong route.’

Sam Bleakley is a pro­fes­sional surfer, writer and explorer. He has been a mul­tiple European, Brit­ish and Eng­lish long­board surf­ing cham­pion, and is sponsored by Bio­mi­met­ics Health Indus­tries UK. He has an MA in Geo­graphy from Pem­broke Col­lege, Uni­ver­sity of Cam­bridge and is cur­rently research­ing a PhD in Travel Writ­ing at Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Fal­mouth. He is author of Surf­ing Bril­liant Corners, and is widely pub­lished and fea­tured in inter­na­tional magazines, includ­ing The Surfer’s Path, Wend, SurfNews and Pacific Long­boarder. Sam lives with his fam­ily above Gwen­ver Beach, Sennen, Cornwall.

John Cal­la­han is a freel­ance adven­ture pho­to­grapher, cel­eb­rated for his vivid fram­ing, vibrant col­ours and flair for cap­tur­ing the char­ac­ter of coast­s­capes. He is one of the most widely pub­lished surf­ing pho­to­graph­ers in the world. His images appear reg­u­larly in National Geo­graphic Adven­ture, Lonely Planet Magazine, and Surf Trip Journal Japan. John lives in the trop­ical city-​​state of Singa­pore, and is the pho­to­grapher for Surf­ing Bril­liant Corners.

Sam and John have a com­bined work ethic that eclipses any sense that surf travel is an easy liv­ing. When they go to work, they go to work!

  • 1 surf­EX­PLORE
  • 2 Get­ting Trac­tion in Haiti
  • 3 Gabon to the Point
  • 4 India Multikulti
  • 5 Viet­nam Hot and Cool
  • 6 Algeria Under the Rainbow
  • 7 China Cat Sunflower
  • 8 Haiti Post Quake
  • 9 Haiti Apocalypso
  • 10 Infu­sion Surfing
Surfing Tropical Beats Chinese edition front cover image

Chinese edi­tion front cover

ISBN: 9780906720851
1st edi­tion
192 pages
143 col­our pho­to­graphs
220 x 170mm
Mandarin-​​language edi­tion (see left) pub­lished in China by Hainan Pub­lish­ing House, Haikou, ISBN  9787544340298

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