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Canoeists enjoy epic weekend on the surf

Canoeists enjoy epic weekend on the surf

Deveron Canoe Club members having fun off the coast of Caithness on a recent surf-riding weekend.

DEVERON Canoe Club took on the legendary Caithness surf on their recent outing, which saw members swap fresh white water for sea water and rollers.

“We struck it lucky and arrived to near perfect conditions with bright sunshine and two to three feet of surf,” said club member Ian Brooker.

A reliable easterly swell gave the paddlers “well-shaped waves” in which to practise their canoe surfing skills with the excellent condi- tions prevailing once the strong pre-lunch wind had dropped.

“The conditions were testing before lunch but once that initial wind dropped the conditions were perfect and the whole party enjoyed some really good rides,” said Ian.

”Mike Reid regularly demonstrated how to flat spin his kayak in the white water and when it did go wrong he rolled effortlessly, usually without his paddle.

“And another member of the group, Gary Thain, always seems to ride the biggest breakers, and pulled some off some good manoeuvres.

“But he also produced the day’s funniest moment – a dramatic pop-out that went spectacularly wrong much to everybody else’s amusement.”

After a night at comfortable Cornmill Bunkhouse, the group woke to a grey second morning with low surf and strong southerly winds.

They moved operations to Farr Bay at Bettyhill, which offered shelter from the wind and the change of loca- tion paid off.

“The surf grew as the day wore on and it was a happy band who packed up at 3pm to head back to Banff after two days of great fun,” said Ian.

Deveron Canoe Club meets at Banff Swimming Pool on Thursdays from 7pm during the winter and any new members or experienced canoeists looking to get back into the sport are welcome.

THE BANFFSHIRE JOURNAL Tuesday, October 28, 2014