The first time someone told me about the microclimate around Scotland’s Moray Firth, I nodded doubtfully and smiled. A little corner where the rain rarely falls and the sun shines lazily on the old fishing villages that scatter the coastline. It sounded too good to be true.
Welcome to Behind the Shot, a series where I tell you the stories behind photographs I’ve taken in the water.
For the series' first post, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about this photograph taken at Footdee, Aberdeen.
On the high tide at Fittie on a sizeable swell, the waves crash against the break wall and travel back out to sea, where they collide with incoming waves. This makes for some fascinating shapes in the water, and a lot of noise.
Over the last couple of years, there’s been a lot of tempting footage of wave pools in the surf media, promising the dream of a perfect wave to surf over and over again.
I was quietly curious about trying one out, but being up in the North East of Scotland I wasn’t keen on making the trip to our ‘local’ in North Wales. I figured if I was going that far, I’d just go somewhere with real waves..
Well, after a recent trip to Cornwall with a couple of days to spare, my girlfriend Tori and I decided to stop off at Surf Snowdonia on the way home to see what all the hype is about.
Being a surfer in Scotland, I'm asked this question all the time. When I'm getting in (or out) of my wetsuit, when people see me getting in and out of the water, in conversation when people find out I surf or about North Sea Surf Shots.. they always ask.
Is it not cold?
So I thought I'd better address it! The answer is..