Scottish National Surfing Championships 2017

Thurso played host to the 2017 Scottish National Surfing Championships over the Easter bank holiday weekend, drawing surfers from across Scotland. The event continues to grow in both scale of organisation and standard of competition and Northcore we’re stoked to be able to supply some prizes for the under 16’s category. This year saw 100 competitors battling it out in 42 heats across 10 separate divisions. And with places for the national squad up for grabs, the level of competition was fierce.

The event, organised by the Scottish Surfing Fedration, was a great success. Not only a huge amount of competition went down, but also the screening of Malcolm Anderson’s new Thurso based surf film “01847”, talks on the history and future of Scottish Surfing and a live band night made for an all-round cracking weekend.


While the waves did not quite deliver the renowned class that Thurso is famous for, conditions were contestable and use was made of the wide variety of back-up options in the area to maximise the swell and wind on offer.

Northcore Under-16s

The under-16s category was the first to hit the water and competitors in this mixed category were greeted with a small, clean swell pulsing into Thurso beach. Finn MacDonald from Tiree made his intentions clear from the start, milking the small waves to get his turns in and posting some highly impressive scores in the process, including a massive 17.60 two-wave total in his semi-final heat to advance. Fellow Tiree surfer Ben Larg has been putting in the water time of late which is paying dividends – his ability to find speed on smaller waves and fast maturing style saw him easily progress to the final. Elliot Young from Dunbar also surfed well to reach the final stage.

Northcore U16’s division – Dunnet Beach

The Northcore U16’s final was held at 1-2ft waves at the beach break of Dunnet Bay. Conditions may have made Tiree lads Finn MacDonald and Ben Larg feel at home, as they finished 1st and 2nd respectively, followed by Elliot in 3rd and Craig in 4th.

Unanimous amongst spectators and competitors was the rapidly improving level of surfers in this category who will no doubt be giving more senior competitors a run for their money in the years to come.

  1. Finn MacDonald
  2. Ben Larg
  3. Elliot Young
  4. Craig McLachlan

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