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Rubber thickness in summer« on: December 19 2005 06:12:00 »
I intend to travel to Scotland next summer with my family.
It's such a wonderful holiday destination.
I'll bring a board or two in case I find some surf.
But I wonder what wetsuit I should take...
Full suit for sure, but is 3/2 thick enough?
Or 4/3 compulsory?
What about booties and gloves?
Any other advise welcome.. ;)
RE: Rubber thickness in summer« Reply #1 on: December 21 2005 09:12:00 »
Id say a 4 3, you dont need boots and gloves in summer.
RE: Rubber thickness in summer« Reply #2 on: December 22 2005 09:12:00 »
Your best bet in Summer is either the North coast or the Western Isles. August usually sees the North Atlantic stir from it's summer slumber and we get a few swells which hint at what our coastline can produce. 4/3 reccomended but should be fine without gloves. Boots may be required depending what you're used to. If you come earlier than August then have a think about the Hebridean isles where you can camp for much cheapness (after an extortionate ferry ride) and the water is super clean. They can also pick up some Westerly swell when the rest of the country is flat and have a selection of waves to suit EVERYone! Be sure to read a bit about the spots before you go cause Rips can be serious on the west coast and many spots are remote, selkies being your only companions for miles at times.
RE: Rubber thickness in summer« Reply #3 on: December 22 2005 11:12:00 »
Thanks very much for your tips.
I highly appreciate your state of mind.
I'm not 100% sure but I think I'll travel in July.
RE: Rubber thickness in summer« Reply #4 on: December 23 2005 08:12:00 »
Id do the western Isles, the north coast is less consistant in Summer.
Dont expect days of epic surf going off like say Portugal or California, winds can mess things up and swell can just not arrive when it should.
When it comes though you can get a beach and a good set up to yourself sometimes.
RE: Rubber thickness in summer« Reply #5 on: December 25 2005 05:12:00 »
hi james, where are you from? You seem to know a lot about the western isles? have you surfed there much ?
RE: Rubber thickness in summer« Reply #7 on: December 28 2005 14:12:00 »
how often do you go to the western isles? help us out - wheres the most common beach in the western isles? im looking to surf there and get some lessons of the locals cos im a begginner?
RE: Rubber thickness in summer« Reply #9 on: February 16 2006 15:02:00 »
I am thinking of going to scotland sometime between may and august this year. I have never been to scotland and after moving from australia 5 years ago have only surfed in Cornwall and Deveon, and luckily a few trips back to oz and a trip to Nias.
I can surf but am not a hard man so would like to know what are the chances of 3-6 ft waves during the summer? And is the water really that cold, have surfed in Devon in March in a 4/3 and thought it was OK, how cold is the water? would it be colder that the water in say Abersoch in February?
Any suggestions as to the best time to make the trip? I will only get maybe 2 weeks off so want to make the most of it.