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Thurso takes on surfing challenge
Thurso surfer taken by O'Neill
Surfing a wave at nearby Brim Ness which will also host the competition
A high-profile surfing contest, which is part of the world qualifying series, is to take place in Thurso this spring for the second consecutive year.

The success of last year's eight-day Highland Open at Thurso East and nearby Brim Ness has now established the event on the surfing circuit.

Sponsored by the surf chain O'Neill, this year's event has been upgraded from five to six stars.

The prize money available will also increase from 51,400 to 64,300.

Weather permitting, the competition will start on 25 April and continue until 2 May, with events held in Brim Ness if the Thurso waves are not sufficient.

Thurso, which has average water temperatures of 8-10C, is the most northerly place to host a surfing contest in the world. It is one of the most consistent surfing spots in the UK.

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