Last week a collection of surfers, journalists, filmmakers, photographers and employees of the Patagonia family met up in the north of Scotland as part of their ongoing research and development of the wetsuit arm of their business.

With nearly 20 hours of daylight and an optimistic summer forecast for waves, the crew set about spending time in the brine between informative sessions on the technology behind the new suits and where the company is heading next in this respect. Much of the focus was around Fair-trade, Yulex, and moving away from the traditionally toxic production of neoprene and wetsuit designer Andrew Reinhart hosted an informative chat on the subject.

Highlights for the week involved; Scottish supergrom Craig McLachlan telling Dan Malloy he surfed like a natural version of Rob Machado- to which he openly chuckled. Tony Butt winning all the surfing heats, Josh from Nordic Surfers Mag schooling everyone at Brims and Belinda Baggs’ chat with Chris McClean (keep an eye out for this interview in the next issue) about addiction, fear, keeping the balance and motherhood.

Al Mackinnon and Chris McClean, were along for the ride and while it wasn’t their normal way of moving (both are enigmatic rarely travelling in crowds of more than two) they managed to overcome their phobia and nailed some golden images.


photo by Al Mackinnon
photo by Al Mackinnon
photo by Al Mackinnon
photo by Al Mackinnon
photo by Al Mackinnon
photo by Al Mackinnon
photo by Al Mackinnon
photo by Al Mackinnon
photo by Al Mackinnon
photo by Chris McClean
photo by Chris McClean
photo by Chris McClean
photo by Chris McClean
photo by Chris McClean