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FOUR SEASONS: MEMORY MAPPING THE ISLE OF SKYE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 March 2013 THE bumblebee tree; Macleod’s Tables; McSomething’s Cave; scrubby clearing; wild iris patch; Huge Supermarket… These are just a few of the landmarks and landforms that feature in J Maizlish Mole’s witty new maps of the Isle of Skye. Other highlights include “boggy slopes”, “wet and lumpy high ground” […]

FOUR SEASONS: SPONSORS NEEDED FOR SURF COMP

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 14 October 2012 UNHAPPY news reached Four Seasons this week from Daan Meijer, European marketing manager for US-based surf clobber brand O’Neill: the Thurso Coldwater Classic, the surfing competition that has drawn some of the best aquatic athletes on the planet to the north coast of Scotland in recent years, has […]

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: 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: ANDY BENNETTS INTERVIEW PART TWO

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 15 October 2011 WELCOME to the second instalment of a two-part special on the life and times of Scottish surfing pioneer Andy Bennetts. If you tuned in last week, you’ll remember that Part One dealt mostly with the discoveries Bennetts and his friends made in south-east Scotland in the late 1960s, […]

FOUR SEASONS: AN APPETITE FOR ADVENTURE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 16 July 2011 I WAS momentarily nonplussed, the other day, to receive a package from Martha Bryce, the food and drink PR for Visit Scotland. I am by no means a food and drink writer. In fact, I’m about as gastronomically illiterate as they come. Last year, for example, in a […]

FOUR SEASONS: A SACRED SURF RELIC

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 7 May 2011 “HELP!” reads the letter. “1 or 2 SURFERS WANTED TO SHARE PERFECT RIVERMOUTH BREAK. 6-12ft. GLASSY PEELING USUALLY OFFSHORE AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. LOCATION: NORTHERN SCOTLAND. ACCOMMODATION: DOSSING SPACE IN COTTAGE OVERLOOKING BREAK.” Bashed out on a typewriter with a dodgy ribbon, and with “CHRISTMAS 1978″ scribbled […]

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, […]