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Three In A Row For Proffitt At Tiree Wave Classic

Ben Proffitt

Ben Proffitt in action

Star windsurfer Ben Proffitt has made it an unprecedented three Tiree Wave Classic wins in a row.

His thrilling “expression session” masterclass was enough for the Shropshire star to secure first place in the pro fleet.

“I’m really really happy,” said Ben, 34, one of a dozen world-class competitors making up the professional fleet. “Patience was needed with the weather proving fickle throughout the six days of competition. This week’s been hard – but let’s not forget we’ve had a result in every category – so Tiree’s delivered again – and to win it for the third time – it does feel good,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of top ranked riders here – it’s great.”

The pros battled it out in two twenty minute semi-finals, with a four man showpiece making up the final. “They were long heats – and you really had to pick the waves but I quite like those conditions, it’s something I practiced on in Australia in the winter – hard waves to get on to – but once you’re on – really fast,” said Ben.

The amateur contest was won by Cornish sailor Ian Ross, with the ladies event also going to Cornwall, with Debbie Kennedy triumphing – also for the third straight time. Keeping up the hat-trick theme, Troon’s Davey Edmiston won the Masters title for the third time, and Tris Levie from Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae won the youth category.

Event organiser Jim Brooks-Dowsett said: “We’ve had a fantastic week. We’ve had some very unexpected weather, plenty of sunshine and uncharacteristically warm for this time of year. We’ve travelled around the island, and used three of the beaches, which has been lovely,” said Jim. “While we were waiting for conditions at times, it’s still been great – these guys really know how to make the most of whatever conditions came up and we saw some great performances.” “We really are grateful for the support of EventScotland and Argyll & Bute Council and we’re looking forward to working with them again in 2013,” he said. “We’d also like to say a really massive thank you to Argyll Estates, who are good enough to allow us access to the beaches, it’s always hugely appreciated.” “There are many other people we’d like to thank, including Willie Angus at Wild Diamond, everyone at the Tiree Lodge Hotel, Fiona and the team at the Scaranish, Sophie from the Tiree Youth Club and really everyone else who’s helped in any way – we couldn’t have the event without the support of the community of Tiree and we’re very grateful. It’s been a fantastic event, we’ve had some great live Scottish performers up here all week as well, with Tommy Armstrong, and an AC/DC tribute too – we can’t wait to be back,” said Jim.

25th Tiree Wave Classic

Britain’s biggest and best windsurfing competition has just taken place on Tiree – for the 25th year.

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.

Tiree Wave Classic competitorsThe 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.”

Tiree Wave Classic Confirmed


After months of uncertainty it has now been confirmed that the Tiree Wave Classic (TWC)will be held from 9th to 15th October.

Now in its 24th year,competitors from all over will compete in some of the most difficult conditions in the UK in order to win the “Tiree Wave Classic” title.

Entrants will also be hoping to pick up points to improve their chances of winning the BWAUK Wave Championship.

The TWC is open to professionals and amateurs, and the event on Tiree is as well known for its on shore entertainment -especially the prize giving dance -and its friendliness, as for the sport.

More details will be revealed in future editions of the newsletter.