Sandstone Press

Around the Coast in Eighty Waves by Jonathan Bennett

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781910124888
Publication Date: 21/04/2016
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Around the Coast in Eighty Waves

Jonathan Bennett

Thousands of people in Britain surf, few of them have surfed all the way round.

Living in an old, unheated campervan for fourteen months, including the coldest winter for thirty years, Jonathan Bennett travelled clockwise all the way round Britain, surfing every beach he could catch a wave. From the Isle of Harris to the Lizard Peninsula, from Orkney to Anglesey, from Sandwood Bay to Sussex, he shared the waves with seals, sewage and fellow surfers, meeting friendly and not-so-friendly locals, often alone and miles from civilisation. Without going near a campsite, he slept with the sound of the sea whispering in his ears, and woke each day ready for a new wave.

Jonathan Bennett

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Jonathan Bennett is a freelance writer and translator. His screen credits include film and TV drama, his travel writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out, and he wrote...

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Reviews

‘A warm and honest account of the cold, wet challenges of the surfers’ path.’
-Chris Nelson

‘Fun account of the author's attempt to surf every beach of Britain's coast. Wittily written book on an under-represented by popular sport.’
-The Bookseller

‘You can almost feel the salt on your face and the wind in your hair when you read Jonathan Bennett's Around the Coast in Eighty Waves, a campervan adventure taking in some of Britain's best surfing beaches. He visits destinations as far flung as the Isle of Harris, the Gower coast and Porthleven. If you're looking for inspiration on where to next to ride the waves, this is it. ’
-Coast Magazine, Book of the month

‘His entertaining book account of his journey, including many Scottish highlights, reveals encounters with wildlife, other surfers and local people. ’
-Fiona Outdoors for the Sunday Mail

‘Like Orkney surf scribe David C Flanagan’s book Board, published last year, one of Bennett’s great strengths is his disarming honesty – when he’s scared, he says so; when he’s struggling, he admits as much. Elite surfers may look down their noses when reading about some of Bennett’s less-than-glorious sessions, but average surfers – and that’s most of us – will empathise with much of what he has to say.’
-The Scotsman