Cold Water Surfing
"Surf and Rocks at Mey" - watercolour - 25 x 36 cm
"Riding the Surf" - watercolour 18 x 26 cm
It's surfing time again at Thurso. The UK Pro Surf Tour is coming to town for the Thurso Surfing Championships.
We're not talking here about bronzed bodies and blue skies. Well the sky might be blue, with a bit of luck, but the surfers will be wearing wetsuits with sea temperatures of below 10 degrees C at the moment. This was a revelation to me when I first came here, but cold water surfing is actually very popular with its own professional circuit.
It seems that the surfing at Thurso is particularly good. I've heard of people who have moved to the area and taken whatever work they can find, just so that they can surf here. I don't know much about surfing, but as an artist I certainly find lots of inspiration for dramatic seascapes here.
To coincide with the competition there is also the 'Wave North Festival' of arts and events. I am entering a few paintings and these are two of them. I don't usually paint human activity but I had some sketches of surfers and it was a perfect subject for the occasion.
Link to Wave North Festival
Link to UK Pro Surf Tour