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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Strathy bay

UK, North Scotland

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drive about 20 miles west of thurso untill u get 2 strathy then there is a turn off just as u get into strathy u will no if ur on the right road if u cross a catle grid then get onto a newly tarred road

English (Translate this text in English): drive about 20 miles west of thurso untill u get 2 strathy then there is a turn off just as u get into strathy u will no if ur on the right road if u cross a catle grid then get onto a newly tarred road

English (Translate this text in English): drive about 20 miles west of thurso untill u get 2 strathy then there is a turn off just as u get into strathy u will no if ur on the right road if u cross a catle grid then get onto a newly tarred road

English (Translate this text in English): drive about 20 miles west of thurso untill u get 2 strathy then there is a turn off just as u get into strathy u will no if ur on the right road if u cross a catle grid then get onto a newly tarred road

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeBeach-break

Direction

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movement

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

surf on the far right of the beach as there is a nice left hander

English (Translate this text in English): surf on the far right of the beach as there is a nice left hander

English (Translate this text in English): surf on the far right of the beach as there is a nice left hander

English (Translate this text in English): surf on the far right of the beach as there is a nice left hander

Atmosphere

u with very rarely come across another surfer. its sheltered from w/nw winds so go 2 strathy if every where else is blown out

English (Translate this text in English): u with very rarely come across another surfer. its sheltered from w/nw winds so go 2 strathy if every where else is blown out

English (Translate this text in English): u with very rarely come across another surfer. its sheltered from w/nw winds so go 2 strathy if every where else is blown out

English (Translate this text in English): u with very rarely come across another surfer. its sheltered from w/nw winds so go 2 strathy if every where else is blown out

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By Ryan , 03-10-2004

Strathy - Surfed at Strathy September 2004, beautiful spot and empty! SW Gale kept surf small but it was still fun and quite punchy. 5/3 Suit and boots were enough to keep warm.

By Jules , 15-09-2004

Strathy - Me and my brother just started surfing about a year ago, and we've lived up from Strathy beach all our lives. We're only making proper use of it now after about 15 years! But it's a great break for beginners, the bay is really wide so that even though there are rips now and again you never really get into great danger of drifting away, and they just set up a life-ring stand thingy on the shore, in case you're unconvinced! Sometimes we go down and find that there are a couple of other surfers out catching bigger stuff, so I think it would appeal to more advanced surfers when the surf is big. We also surf at Melvich a couple of miles towards Thurso, and it seems that when the surf is good at Strathy, it isn't always so great at Melvich, and vice versa. It's a smaller bay but maybe better on bigger days. I'd advise thick wetsuits all year round if you're surfing at Strathy or anywhere in Scotland, never mind the North Coast!

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