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Sutherland Surfing

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The ÒNorth ShoreÓ is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of EuropeÕs premier heavy water destinations. The wildly scenic coast, divided between the counties of Caithness and Sutherland, runs from John OÕGroats to Cape Wrath. The difference is marked, the flat slab reefbreaks and low-lying topography of Caithness are a stark contrast to the mountains, honey coloured rocks and sandy beaches of Sutherland. Like its Hawaiian namesake the North Shore surf can get huge and currents can be treacherous. The plus side is the area is very consistent. Thurso East is the jewel in the North ShoreÕs crown; the world-famous reef is one of EuropeÕs finest waves, when it breaks. Unlike most of the N shore waves Thurso is quite fickle and has a limited swell window. The town itself is the only settlement of any size and the only place with full facilities. Going west the breaks are more exposed and spots like Brimms Ness hoover up any swell going. Swells from the W round to NE can occur year round, September to November are the prime months for good swell and reasonable weather. Deep winter and spring can be cold and classic, flat or wildly out of control. The area is one of the most sparsely populated in the UK so surfing by yourself, or with a few seals, is a real possibility.
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+ Uncrowded waves
+ High latitude surfing
+ Fantastic scenery
- Cold water
- Wet and unstable weather
- Windy conditions
- Hard access
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  Forecast Surf Report Stormrider Guide
Guide icon Forecast icon Durness (Balnakeil Bay) Star 8ft 7secs 252° 23mph Fair No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 4
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W - NW South Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Sango Bay Grey Star 2ft 10secs 20° 23mph Fair No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 8
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W - NE South Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Melvich Grey Star 7ft 7secs 267° 14mph Sunny No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Rock Ledge and Sand 8
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W - NE Southerly High Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Strathy Grey Star 2ft 9secs 15° 14mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 12
2
W - NE Southerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Armadale Bay Grey Star 7ft 7secs 267° 14mph Sunny No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 12
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W - NE Southerly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Torrisdale Grey Star 7.5ft 7secs 260° 18mph Sunny No Reports Available. No Data Available Sand 8
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W - NE Southerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Sandwood Bay Grey Star 6.5ft 6secs 240° 23mph Fair No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 8
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W - N South Easterly All Tides