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Surf writer, author and geographer Sam Bleakley is teaming up with the Soul & Surf crew Kerala in January and then Sri Lanka in February to teach, talk, inspire and hang out with guests at the retreat.

Alongside the talks Sam will be running longboard & surf clinics with one-to-one or surf sessions for the intermediate and above surfer to work on and develop their surfing technique – focusing on learning to cross-step, noseride, hang five or hang ten, drop-knee turn, or simply ride with a smooth, flowing, confident style.

Sam in Liberia chasing the swell

Sam in Liberia chasing the swell

“Sam is a professional surfer we’ve admired for a long time because he’s so much more than a professional surfer. A creative and brilliant writer, an explorer, a film-maker and most importantly he’s someone who’s out there proving that you don’t have to follow the ‘accepted’ path to get along.” Soul & Surf founder Ed Templeton told Drift.

Sam will also be introducing and showing some of his surf, travel and exploration movies on weekly film nights and he’ll also squeeze in a workshop and Q&A session each week where Sam will talk about the less trodden path he’s taken in his surfing life.

Bleakley in China

Bleakley in China

Sam has been surfing for 32 years, and not only brings skill as a surfer into surf guiding, but also imagination and creativity. He is a former multiple European, British, English and Cornish Longboard Champion and WSL World Longboard Tour competitor who now spends a lot of his time in surf travel writing and surf exploration

To find out more head over to Soul & Surf

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