The RAV4 chugged North. Neil and I were on our annual trip to Thurso - Scotland's world class surfing area - we just needed the swell. September can be good, and the sea is still warm. Checking out Thurso East, it all seemed flat, but by the time we crested the dunes at Strathy, we knew we were in for a good time. Sun, a light offshore wind and a nice friendly 2-3 foot swell. Perfect! And only 2 boardies to share it with. Strathy is a beach break, and as the tide moved in, we ranged around to find the best wave. It was a great start.