Broch visit in surfing book

Jonathan Bennet during his surfing tour of the country, which included a visit to the Broch
Jonathan Bennet during his surfing tour of the country, which included a visit to the Broch

A man who ‘surfed the coast’ of the country stopped off at the Broch as part of his journey around the British coastline.

Jonathan Bennett made the tour of the country’s coastline, and his account of the journey is being published in ‘Around the Coast in Eighty Waves’.

Mr Bennet said: “With my life going nowhere, I decided to buy a van and surf my way around Britain.

“No one had done it before, as far as I knew, and it seemed like a respectable way of becoming a beach bum.”

Mr Bennet started in the Hebrides and worked his way clockwise around the country.

He added: “I slept by the sea every night and kept away from campsites, but still managed to stay clean, well-fed and alive, despite regularly waking up to ice in my water bottle and snow on the sand.

“Sleeping bags are fine for a few days, but after that they get grubby.”

Mr Bennet lived in an old, unheated T25 campervan for fourteen months.

Speaking about time surfing in the Broch, he said: “I really enjoyed Fraserburgh, although the waves were a little on the small side when I was there.

“I loved the promenade. The water was nice and clear, and young gannets were diving for fish just beyond where the waves were breaking, which always adds an extra thrill to a surf session, however small the waves.

“So while I didn’t catch Fraserburgh’s renowned waves at their best, in a way it was a relief after some rougher sessions further north.”

Around the Coast in Eighty Days is set to be released on April 21.