UK Pro Tour Thurso Surf Festival Scotland by Emily Williams
STORY BY EMILY WILLIAMS
(Top Photo – Thurso Surf Festival Emily Williams Photo: Malcolm Anderson)
The Uk Pro Surf Tour Thurso Surf Festival is held at the classic right hand point at Thurso East, Scotland over the last weekend of October. It’s a 14 hour drive from South Wales in our camper, through mountains and along exposed coastlines, one part of the road has signs warning to take care of otters!
The surf was pretty messy and onshore when we arrived but the wind turned offshore for the first day of the comp so we had plenty of swell and a chance to surf one of the best waves in Europe with only three other people in the line up. So stoked!!
The water temperature is always cold but wasn’t too bad, a 4/3 wetty and boots is warm enough but a hood is nice for when you have to duck dive a few set waves!
Standouts on the first day were Shona Blackadder and Lucy Campbell, both taking off on the biggest sets, I was stoked to make it through my first round heat with a win and get into the semis the next day.
The following day was smaller with sets ranging from 2 to 4 foot but the wind was still offshore so everyone still buzzing! The girls Under 18 heats and the rest of the Women’s heats were held so it was pretty hectic, I spent 3 hours in my wetty! It was great to see so many women and girls making the effort to get up to Thurso to compete.
Emily Currie won the Under 18 girls and Lucy Campbell the Women’s Opens division. I finished in third place in both divisions.
Big thanks to UK Pro Tour for organising, Christian Surfers Association for endless cups of tea and the locals of Thurso for allowing us to take over their break for a couple of days!
WOMEN’S OPEN RESULTS:
1st Lucy Campbell
2nd Emily Currie
3rd Emily Williams
4th Flora Lawton
UNDER 18s RESULTS:
1st Emily Currie
2nd Flora Lawton
3rd Emily Williams
4th Peony Knight