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Caithness - West 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.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
                       
1 - 6°C
6/5
3 - 9°C
5/4
8 - 15°C
5/4
11 - 18°C
3/2
8 - 14°C
4/3
3 - 8°C
5/4
+ Quality reefs
+ Thurso East
+ 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 Thurso East Star Star Star Star Star 9ft 14secs 296° 5mph Clear No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Rock Ledge 20
3
NW - N South Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Brimms Ness - The Point Star Star Star Star Star 9ft 14secs 296° 5mph Clear No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Rock Ledge 12
3
W - N Southerly Low to Mid Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Castlehill to Murkle Star Star Star Star Star 9ft 14secs 296° 5mph Clear No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Rock Ledge 10
3
W - N Southerly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Dunnet Bay Star Star Star Star Star 9ft 14secs 296° 5mph Clear No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 4
1
W - N South Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Murkle Point Star Star 9ft 14secs 296° 5mph Clear No Reports Available. Left Pointbreak Rock Ledge 15
3
W - N South Westerly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon S*** Pipe Star Star Star Star Star 9ft 14secs 296° 5mph Clear No Reports Available. Submerged Reef Peaks Rock Ledge 12
3
NW - N Southerly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Sandside Bay Star Star Star Star Star 9ft 14secs 296° 2mph Mostly Clear No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Rock Ledge 12
3
W - NE South Westerly Mid to High Tide