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FOUR SEASONS: THURSO’S MAIN STAGE GOES DARK FOR A YEAR

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 21 April 2012 “IT WAS just so windy, man. The windchill factor was incredible.” Fraserburgh surfer Mark “Scratch” Cameron is recalling the less-than-perfect conditions that graced this year’s Scottish Surfing Championships at Thurso: lumpy 3-5ft waves harried by an icy north-westerly knifing in off the Pentland Firth. At 34 years old, […]

FOUR SEASONS: SURFING IN SCOTLAND? OH HOW WE LAUGHED.

Published: The Scotsman (TSMAG) 3 March 2011 ABOUT eight years ago I was driving around the far north of Scotland in an elderly Peugeot 206, looking for surf and rant-ing at the radio. I’d just spent a few days riding beautiful, shoulder-to-head high waves in staggeringly clear water – waves any Californian Beach Boy would […]

FOUR SEASONS: SURFING OR SNOOKER?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 16 April 2011 YOUNG surfers of today: You have no idea how lucky you are. Yes, I know, I sound like a grumpy old man, but I speak the truth. Back in the lo-fi 1990s, when I was a surf-mad teenager, there was no world wide web. Well, not in any […]

FOUR SEASONS: NUMB ON THE NORTH SHORE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 April 2011 IT’S no secret that the north coast of Scotland is home to some world-class surf spots. Every April since 2006, the best waveriders on the planet have congregated in Thurso – an unlikely surf town if ever there was one – to take part in the Coldwater Classic, […]

FOUR SEASONS: MACASKILL’S MEGA-SKILLS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 4 December 2010 THE term is overused, but Danny MacAskill is a true internet phenomenon. As of 18 April 2009 he was a ludicrously talented but completely unknown 23-year-old trials bike enthusiast, living in Edinburgh and regularly using the city’s monkey-puzzle streetscape as a giant concrete playpark. He could ride up […]

FOUR SEASONS: SCOTTISH SURFING COMES OF AGE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 1 May 2010 IT’S 8am on the penultimate day of the O’Neill Coldwater Classic, the international surfing circus that visits Thurso every spring, and local surfer Chris Noble is sitting in his van at the contest site at Thurso East, expertly demolishing a bacon and egg roll and dreaming big dreams […]

FOUR SEASONS: HUNT IS ON FOR MYSTERY SKIERS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 3 April 2010 THANKS to the advent of the digital camera, the world is now full of ski photographers. Unfortunately, hardly any of them are any good. I should add that taking pictures of skiing (or snowboarding) is a tricky thing to do. Shooting a moving target is hard enough, but […]

FOUR SEASONS: DOES THE CISTE NEED SAVING?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 6 March 2010 OK, CONFESSION TIME: last February I cheated to get a quote for a story. On the first Friday of the month, Scotland’s ski centres were hit by the mother of all snowstorms and I was sent to the Cairngorms to see how the resort was coping with the […]