Surfing Brilliant Corners

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Alison Hodge Publishers, 2010 - Surfers - 192 pages
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Surfing Brilliant Corners details a decade of extreme global surf travel by professional longboarder Sam Bleakley, illustrated with stunning photographs by John Callahan. It takes surfing beyond the waves and packaged surf tourism to a wider sense of place and cultural identity. Celebrating Thelonious Monk's 1950s album Brilliant Corners, Sam explores how, like great jazz musicians, talented surfers use invention, complex rhythm, timing and spontaneity to turn impossible waves into beautiful and challenging music.
 

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Contents

Setting the Pace
4
Haitian Fight Song
18
The Birth of Cool
28
No Brains No Headaches
44
Taking the Tube to Work
60
Manila Dawn
76
Staying Tuned in Kenya
88
Panamania
104
Buddha on Board
116
Confronting the Kimchi
130
Desert Blues
140
Surfing Away from a Sinking Ship
156
West African Highlife Let Freedom Ring
174
Kickout Coda
190
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About the author (2010)

Sam Bleakley is a writer and professional surfer. He has been a multiple European, British and English Longboard Surfing Champion, and a regular competitor on the Oxbow World Longboard Tour. He has an MA in Geography from Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. He is widely published and featured in international magazines, including Resurgence and The Surfer's Path, and has contributed to numerous surf and travel books, as well as editing The Surfing Tribe: A History of Surfing in Britain.

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