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Teenage Tiree surfer Ben Larg triumphed at the Scottish National Surfing Championships at Sinclairs Bay in Caithness over the Easter weekend.
Ben, 13, was crowned Scottish Surfing Champion in the under-16s, and Tiree’s own Finn MacDonald, 17, also came second in the under-18s. Ben’s sister, Robyn, 11, came in third in the under-18 girls.
The Scottish Surfing Federation (SSF) reported: ‘The highlight of everyone’s weekend was the junior finals at Sinclair’s bay and in particular the rivalry between Craig McLachlan and Ben Larg, who were absolutely tearing the small clean surf apart.’
While Ben and Robyn lost to Craig, who competes for the Thurso-based North Shore Surf Club, in the under-14s contest, Ben ‘would get his revenge’ in the U16 division.
‘Ben dominated this heat from the outset and although Craig was chasing him but Ben would remain in front going into the last five minutes of the heat with 1st priority meaning he could prevent Craig from getting another crack of the whip on any good ones.
‘The crowd was astounded by the level of surfing by the two lads and there were roars of cheers and applause as the finalists battled it out.’