Broch surfers once again underlined their reputation as leading the way in Scotland, dominating the recent national championships in Thurso.
Fraserburgh’s Russell Cruickshank won the Seniors title, with former Broch surfer Chris Noble taking the Open title.
Such was the impact of the Fraserburgh surfers that the Seniors title final feature four surfers who all hailed orginally from the Broch.; Russell Cruickshank, Chris Noble, Mark Cameron and Scott Main.
NOble and Main are both ‘ex-pats’ living ihn Thurso a stones throw from the shore.
In the Open Final, Noble, Cameron and Main all featured again, with Mark Boyd, who hails from Banff joining them.
It proved a close fought affair, with Noble edging out reigning champion Cameron to take the honours.
Cameron, who was aiming to make it four titles in a row, told the Herald:
“There were good waves again at Thurso East. I was hampered slightly in my preparation with a back problem and so that was not as good as I would have liked, but in 20 years of surfing, I it is the first time I have been injured and that is pretty good going,” he said.
He admitted that he had hoped to make it four in a row: “Hey, but I ended up second. If I have had the injury things might have been different, but it was a tough final and my semi was a tough one too,” he said.
Cameron was up against Chris Noble and Fraserburgh george Watt in his semi final and that he said was a huge challenge: “Me and Chris made it through, but in truth, I made a couple of mistakes and got off with it,” Mark added.
He also acknowledged the impact Broch surfing has had over the years and looks set to provide future Scottish Champions:
“Iain Masson set the bar for many years. Now we have a new crop of young surfers. Daniel Mowatt won the Junior section and two other Broch surfers Jack Buchan, Kelly Tait and Jamie Bain took part for the first time, I think. They all did really well.
“That is great to see younger surfers coming through, particularly with talent,” he said.
Mark also stressed the importance of local support. He hopes that Fraserburgh will be able to host a couple of events in the future and that local people will show their support.