And conditions did not relent throughout the day. Australian surfer Dion Atkinson started off the day with a high heat score of 15.33 in Heat 1. And in Heat 16 of the day New Zealand surfer Richard Christie came up with a score of 17.50.
But there was no forgetting that this is the North coast of Scotland. Whilst the waves were drawing cheers from the crowds gathered on the shore, the weather was not. Cold temperatures both in an out of the water, coupled with rain and hail ensured this was classic Cold Water Classic conditions.
But nothing was going to take away from the quality of surf today as contest organisers got through 20 heats in the first round of this 6 Star ASP competition.
"These big west swells here at Thurso East are it," said Local surfer and event ambassador Andy Bain: It's a nice head high, double overhead on the sets, and with the west swell you usually get a predominant offshore wind as well."
Watching the wave from the shore he Andy said: "This season we've had these swells every week from January through to March. I've been scoring this ever since January but it still sure would be nice to get out there but it's good to give these guys who have travelled all this way for the competition a chance to experience it."
The swell looks set to pulse again on Friday and hold over the weekend. More here.