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.