Many surfers liken their sport to a religious experience. But few make the connection between surfing and the spiritual as well as American surfer and author Jaimal Yogis. He first rose to prominence in 2009 with the release of his first memoir, “Saltwater Buddha.” An evocative and insightful coming-of-age story, it combines the hallmarks of surfing literature with autobiography and textbook Eastern philosophy. Since then, Jaimal released two more works of non-fiction, as well as children’s books and a series of graphic novels. We spoke to him about how he combines sport and spirituality through his writing.
“The actual experience of surfing, you almost want to leave it there. And not bring it down into this realm.”