Even when wind and wave don’t come out to play, it barely seems to matter – and on one famous occasion this was literally true.
At the 2009 event, desperate to generate some publicity for the event when the wind stayed home day after day, an inventive PR – herself a board sailor – persuaded three competitors to head for the waves, unencumbered by kit, carrying only their boards and with cameras only to the rear of them. Pure genius. The photo was everywhere.
Tiree becomes party central for the week with music ashore and athleticism beyond imagining on the waves.
This is the Tiree Wave Classic‘s 26th year and the event is the most prestigious and longest standing windsurfing event in the British calendar.
Last year’s 25th Anniversary event saw a record breaking 3 rounds of competition, with Ben Proffit the main winner, taking the BWA championship in the same year. This year looks set to match last year, with the same team and format for 2012.
The event is host to Britain’s best riders in Pro, Amateur, Masters and Women’s fleets with a fantastic prize fund guaranteeing the top Pro £1000 and a total prize fund of £5000 is cash and goodies across the fleets.
Board makers, Fanatic, are looking for a hot new amateur rider and are providing a Wave Board to the amateur judged to deserve it most from their performances at both Tiree and Cornwall in 2012.
One of the windiest locations in the UK, Tiree can see the best and most challenging of competition circumstances – and the after parties are legendary, This year Tommy Armstrong is back for the ‘Big Tuesday’ night and the closing party with Forever Young - the Glasgow band are already known for their performance at Scottish Wind Fest and the Tiree organisers say they’re ‘set to rock out the closing night in Tiree’.
Sponsors for the 2012 event are led by EventScotland and Argyll and Bute Council, with Puravida Boardriders as event host and west coast ferry operator CalMac surfing in alongside the Chocolate Brownie Company, Tiree’s own surf specialist, Wild Diamond, Beachbum bean bags, Heiniken, Campbeltown’s Springbank single malt whisky, Campbeltown’s Breaks surf shop, the Tiree Music Festival, the Tiree Lodge Hotel and Oxbow.
Great to see the collaboration from Kintyre, with its glorious Westport beach at Machrihanish west of Campbeltown a growing surfing magnet.