Tiree Wave Classic 2014, round one:
1) Mike Archer (Simmer)
2) Scotty McDowell (Simmer/Simmer)
3) Ben Page (RRD)
4) Freddie Ide (Goys)
1) Kyle McGinn
2) Dave Edmiston (RRD/Pryde)
3) Craig Hamilton (Goya)
4) Dave White (RRD)
1) Justyna Sniady (Simmer/Simmer)
2) Sara Kellet (Tushingham/Starboard)
3) Sarah Bibby (Simmer/Simmer)
After several days of tropical paradise on the Isle of Tiree, the low pressures have crossed the ocean to deliver ever building wind and waves! Wednesday was just what the competitors were waiting for with a full round of competition at Crossapol beach delivering some great conditions followed by some awesome freesailing at Balephuil as the swell built all day. This leads nicely into thursday with promise of even bigger winds and waves still to come, and the exciting new Pro format for the Tiree Wave Classic – “The Quickening”.
Whilst some of the pro’s were on standby they got stuck in to help the Am’s with tips and advice as well as joining the judges to give another edge to the contest.
Willy Angus, Head Judge – “ Our guest Judges Sam Neal & Bubble from the pro’s today were top notch, a real testament to the team feel of the comp this year”
In the Am’s Final Scotty McDowell (Simmer/Simmer) from Troon, made an explosive finale hitting the beach with minutes to spare….he was by far the fastest to the first ramp every time, showing outstanding speed and performance! Mike Archer (Simmer) just pipped him in the semis, and once again in the final to take first place in round one – he had a solid Back Loop with some great riding style that gave him the edge. His time in the judging role certainly helped his understanding of what they were looking for! Ben Page (RRD) is another up and coming student rider who shone here last year and finished in a well earned 3rd place.
Sailor of the day has to be 13 year-old Freddie Ide (Goya) who enteered as a youth and went on to make the final of the Ams fleet today! Freddie was a true inspiration to watch and charged to sit in 4th place going into round 2.
In the hotly contended Masters fleet the dark horse proved to be Kyle McGinn ….. we’ve not seen him at many comps before, but he really found his feet as the Giant Slayer to take the 2 big rivals and team mates Davey Edmiston (RRD) and Dave White (RRD) off the the top spot in the single. Tour leader Craig Hamilton will be keen to come back with another shot at first place in the double today so stay posted for all the updates as we get through another full day of competition.
Tiree Wave Classic 2014 is funded by Argyll &Bute Council and supported by EventScotland the BWA, Puravida Boardriders, Wild Diamond, Tiree Lodge Hotel, Calmac Ferries and the community of Tiree