Second place for Sam in Scottish finals

Sam Christopherson at the Scottish Surfing Championships in Thurso
Sam Christopherson at the Scottish Surfing Championships in Thurso

Dunbar-based surfer Sam Christopherson cross stepped and tubed his way to a superb second place at the recent Scottish Surfing Championships at Thurso.

Christopherson was beaten to the title in the men’s comp-etition by Thurso surfer Mark Boyd.

Two other East Lothian surfers, Phoebe Strachan and Max Hook, also travelled north and returbned homne with an excellent result from the championships, which attracted more than 40 surfers over four events. Competitors enjoyed clean four to six feet waves.

In the ladies’ event, Phoebe Strachan, who only started surfing at Belhaven three years ago, claimed third place in her first national competition.

With head high waves rolling through at Thurso East, 17-year-old Phoebe defeated much older and experienced rivals to finish behind multiple national winner and ex-Dunbar surfer Shona Blackadder. Phoebe was also placed third in the Juniors event.

Max Ferguson Hook (18) from North Berwick made his first senior national final in the longboarding.

Surfing aggressively and fluently Max proved age was no barrier giving his three more experienced fellow finalists a real scare.

Max gained a close third place, defeating multiple national champion, Iain Masson from Fraserburgh along the way.

All three East Lothian surfers are staff at Dunbar’s Coast to Coast Surf School.

The Scottish surfing scene now moves much closer to home, with the next competition taking place at Belhaven Beach, Dunbar, this weekend April 19-20.

This competition is also part of a new national surfing circuit and with points for overall national champions in each division, it is expected to attract a big entry from across the country.

For further details go to www.c2csurfschool.com or www.facebook.com/coasttocoastsurfschool.

For the Scottish Surfing Federation, www.thessf.com.