|Wee Eric on the Tay (Thistlebrig) at a sweet level|
The winter of 2013-14 was really mild and rainy. For paddlers, it was like heaven had come to Scotland's rivers. I think I paddled in the snow twice! The Tay was consistently surfable all winter, and trips to Wee Eric and the other Stanley surf spots became a regular occurrence. We also visited the Ericht in Blairgowrie, a great river for playing the way down.
|Thistlebrig wave, just upstream of Wee Eric, is big, bouncy and fun.|
|High water Wee Eric, no longer eddy serviced, but worth the quick walk up.|
|Shudder rudder on Wee Eric|
|Jen and Graeme have a Wee Eric party surf.|
|Cold weather at the Ericht put in.|
|Paddlers in abundance at the Ericht take out.|
|Carnage on the Ericht with STAUCC|
The good thing about the Ericht, is that if you also brought your creek boat, or like Andre and Jon, you feel like being manly in a playboat, you can drive up to the main tributary, the Blackwater, and run some grade 4 as the sun is going down (it really was by the time we'd cleared up all the carnage).
|Blackwater, drop 1 of 4.|
|Drops 1-3 of 4. You want to be river right of the|
boulder on the last drop.
|Last drop. I got nailed in the hole!|