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FOUR SEASONS: QUANTIFYING GIANT SURF

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 19 May 2012 ONE rainy day last November, I started receiving a steady trickle of emails with links to the same jaw-dropping photograph: a surfer in a black-and-yellow wetsuit skittering down the face of a huge, blue-black wall of water, looking for all the world like an exotic insect fleeing the […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE BUZZ OF THE NEW

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 10 March 2012 THINGS move fast in the world of extreme sports, and not just the sportspeople. While traditional, white-lines-on-the-ground sports carry on much as they have always done, the domain of the crazy people is constantly in flux. Almost every day, it seems, a pre-existing discipline mutates into something different. […]

FOUR SEASONS: CHEAP THRILLS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag), 23 October 2010 FOR better or worse, I am a creature of habit. I know what I like, and compared to most of my friends my tastes evolve glacially slowly. Take food. At any given moment, I will only know how to cook four or five different things, but that’s fine: […]

FOUR SEASONS: ARE WAVES GETTING BIGGER?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 September 2010 I DON’T dream very often – or at least, I don’t often remember my dreams – but for a few years now I’ve been re-living the same snippet of the same nightmare over and over again. I am an old man and I’m standing in the hallway of […]

FOUR SEASONS: RATHO STRIKES BACK

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 11 September 2010 THE Edinburgh International Climbing Arena at Ratho has suffered more than its fair share of problems since opening in 2003. A visionary project, created by the architect David Taylor and climbers Duncan McCallum and Rab Anderson, it fell into financial difficulties in 2005 and had to be rescued […]

FOUR SEASONS: SACRED SURFBOARDS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 10 July 2010 “EVEN in the beginning, the surfboard was a religious icon.” That’s how veteran surf journalist Ben Marcus chooses to begin his book, The Surfboard – Art, Style, Stoke. It’s a bit of an odd line when you think about it – controversial, even – not because it implies […]

FOUR SEASONS: SCOTLAND’S BEST WAVE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 19 June 2010 THE other week I stumbled upon the best surf spot in Scotland – a hollow left hand reefbreak that spins with almost supernatural precision towards a rocky, tree-lined beach. There was nobody in the water when I arrived and the place was still deserted when I left. So […]

FOUR SEASONS: ANYONE FOR BIG WAVE SKIING?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 6 February ANOTHER month, another brand-new extreme sport pioneered by thrill-seeking fruit loops with far too much time on their hands. Move over wingsuit flyers, your death-defying human missile trip is now officially last season’s buzz. Yeah, I know we all raved about how cutting-edge you were when you first came […]

FOUR SEASONS: A SURFING WEEPIE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 30 January 2010 As a rule, movies don’t make me cry – I like to think I can see right through Hollywood directors and their manipulative, heartstring-tugging tricks – but the other night I was surprised to find myself welling up during the last few minutes of a film, and a […]

FOUR SEASONS: IN PRAISE OF HAPPY ACCIDENTS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 26 December 2009 THE best thing about the sea? It doesn’t always do what it’s supposed to. Surf forecasting has become such an exact science these days that a lot of the time you can plan your life around what the eggheads who run websites like magicseaweed.com and waveguru.com tell you. […]