The week long Tiree Wave classic attracts some of the best windsurfers from across the world. It is also the crucial third leg of the British wave sailing Association Wave Tour.
Organisers have gone to great lengths to make sure that everybody involved in the event, from crew to competitors, are aware of Tiree’s stunning natural environment and the importance of protecting the landscape. Jim Brooks-Dowsett, from the events hosts Pura Vida Boardriders, said “We are thrilled to be hosts in this special 25th year and we’re doing everything we can to make sure it is a massive success. Everyone on the island we’ve spoken to are so welcoming and it’s been a pleasure to involve so many local people and businesses to produce this year’s magnificent event “
Organisers describe the professional fleet as the best British Windsurfing talent seen at one competition for more than a decade, while many more stars of tomorrow will compete in the Amateur and Junior ranks.
Andy Groom, a co-organiser of the first Tiree Wave Classic back in 1986, said “I’m so proud of this event, from what it was – to what it’s evolved to. It’s down to so many people, the islanders, the sailors and the team behind it, I’m proud of them all. It is a special place, with special people, and I’m really looking forward to this years event.” Past winners of the classic are returning this year to join in the celebrations. BWA Chairman, Nigel Treacy, said “We are delighted to see the Scottish leg of the UK Championship return to Tiree once again. The island offers some of the most challenging weather and wave conditions anywhere in Europe.
The event is steeped in history with many of the past winners going on to compete on the world stage and we welcome some of those legends back in 2011 to compete again.” Paul Bush,OBE, Chief Operating Officer for Event Scotland – the national events agency – said “We are delighted to be supporting the Tiree Wave Classic for it’s 25th anniversary . It is a wonderful event to showcase Scotland as the perfect stage for water sports. It is also a great event for the local area as they welcome the participants and spectators to this scenic Hebridean Island” Andrew Montgomery, Argyll Estates Factor, said “Once again Argyll Estates welcomes all those competitors and spectators alike to the 2011 Tiree Wave Classic. The event is certainly one which many of the islands residents look forward to and is a superb way of rounding off what will hopefully have been a great summer for windsurfers, kitesurfers and other water sports enthusiasts both living on and visiting the island. We have some amazing talent on the island including Tiree Kitesurf Academy, Wild Diamond and Suds Surf School, all of whom provide a service which I believe is well received. Tiree really does lend itself perfectly to the event and I wish all those competing the best of luck.” Councillor Dick Walsh, leader of Argyll & Bute Council, said “it’s always a pleasure to welcome competitors and spectators to Tiree for this important event. Year after year everyone who comes along has a magical experience at this very special place.”