Mindfulness and Surfing: Reflections for Saltwater Souls
Mindfulness and Surfing casts a fresh perspective on this popular sport, and explores how riding the waves can be the ultimate meditation. Engaging author Sam Bleakley takes us on a soulful journey across the tideline of his personal and philosophical travels. Through lunar cycles and river surfing to the Taoism of nature, he reveals an acute awareness of what the oceans can tell us about our place in the natural world. Meditating on one of nature’s greatest elements – its salty swells, flow and peaks – he shares life lessons in mindfulness that will be relished by surfer and non-surfer alike.
Sam Bleakley (Cornwall, UK) is an international longboard surfing champion, travel writer and geographer. He is a specialist on emerging surf cultures in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, with particular interest in a new wave of Asian surfers who advocate the ancient practices of mindfulness in Buddhism and Taoism. He has produced and presented surf travel films all over the world, and is brand ambassador of UK surfing project, The Wave. He is currently researching a PhD on surfing, Haiti and new modes of travel writing. He lives above a Cornish beach with his family.