Jaimal Yogis is a writer and producer. His first book, a best-selling coming-of-age memoir called Saltwater Buddha, was praised by The Times of London, Publishers Weekly, and selected as one of E!’s Best Summer Reads. It has been translated into numerous languages. A feature documentary film based on the book will premier in 2016.
Jaimal’s second book, The Fear Project, is an investigation into fear and courage that includes diving with great whites, falling in love, surfing Mavericks, and delving deeply into the latest neuroscience. It was widely praised, translated in numerous languages, and is currently being used in a number of high schools as a way of teaching neuroscience and psychology.
Currently, Jaimal is in pre-production for a feature screenplay and working on a new non-fiction novel for Harper Collins. He is also the writer / producer for a forthcoming documentary, The Most Fearless, inspired by an AFAR Magazine piece, Ripple Effect, that he wrote in 2012.
A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Jaimal’s reporting has been featured in ESPN Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Magazine, AFAR, The Surfers Journal, Sunset Magazine, and dozens of others. He is the recipient of the 2005 Leslie Rachel Sanders Award for Social Justice Reporting, a 2007 Maggie Award for Best Magazine Feature, and two Scripps Howard reporting scholarships. In 2010, The Common Wealth Club voted him “The New Face of San Francisco Media” for his popular writing in San Francisco Magazine.
Apart from writing, Jaimal is also a frequent public speaker and has given presentations at Silicon Valley tech companies, universities, high schools, private groups, and non-profits. Jaimal is also an avid surfer. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Amy, and their two sons.