NORTH of the Border with Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths

BAY Surfing

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Guts laying down some power!

WITH SUMMER FADING FAST AND AUTUMN FAST APPROACHING, I WAS KEEN TO MAKE MY ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO THE NORTH COAST OF SCOTLAND, WHILE THE WATER TEMPERATURE WAS STILL PLEASANT. THIS FAR NORTH, YOU ARE CLOSER TO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE THAN YOU ARE TO LONDON, SO IT DOESN’T TAKE TOO MUCH IMAGINATION TO FIGURE OUT THAT FOR MOST OF THE YEAR IT’S BLOODY FREEZING.

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Stunning scenery greets you at every turn

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The world class line up of Thurso East doing its thing!

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Top: The high plains of the Scottish Highlands Below: Nigel checking the swell at Torisdale Bay

I invited my friend Nigel Callcutt to join me on the 3 day trip for a bit of company and to share the driving, as it is a mind bending 14 hour slog to cover the near 800 miles. Our destination was Thurso which lies less than ten miles away from John O’Groats, the most northerly point in main-land Britain.

Thurso is famous for the thundering waves that break on its granite reef when the right conditions come together. However it’s notoriously fickle and even the slightest change in wave direction can mean a wasted trip, with all the swell missing Thurso completely.

So with the weather and wave forecast looking promising we set off with high hopes of scoring some epic waves.

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Evan Rogers stalling for a Thorso keg!

And boy, did we score!!!

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