BACK TO BACK PROFFITT WINS TIREE WAVE CLASSIC
On a thrilling final day of action, defending champion Ben Proffitt battled back to win the 2011 Tiree Wave Classic. It capped a memorable week of windsurfing for the 25th anniversary of the prestigious event, which is held on the Hebridean isle of Tiree in Scotland.Proffit, 33, had to beat three-time winner John Skye twice to secure the title.
“It feels good, it feels really good,” said Ben, who’s from Shropshire. “I was a bit gutted when I lost the lead on Monday but to come back in the triple – and to win it – feels better than if I’d have been leading all the way,” he said.
“To win back to back is special. I didn’t really think about until I was talking to a couple of people from the camera crew, and I wasn’t really expecting it because it was a really strong field this year, but I’m really happy about it,” said Ben.
It leaves Proffit on top of the standings for the BWA (British Wavesailing Association) Wave Tour title, with one contest – in Cornwall – to come.
“Obviously Tiree is the one event you really want to win,” said Ben,
“But the best to win is the overall title. Now I’d be quite happy if we had no wind in Cornwall! Or if there’s wind and I win there too, that’d be even better!”
17-year-old from Canvey Island, Aleksy Gayda won the Amateur contest, Mark Lloyd won the Masters while Debbie Kennedy won the Ladies.
Tiree is well known across the world among windsurfers for its windy conditions and beautiful sandy beaches.
1st Ben Proffitt
2nd John Skye
3rd Phil Horrocks
1st Aleksy Gayda
2nd Lewis Merrony
3rd Scotty McDowell
Masters (Amateurs aged 40+):
1st Mark Lloyd
2nd Davey Edmiston
3rd Keith Shorrocks
1st Debbie Kennedy
2nd Sophia Joy Gilje
3rd Kariina Perhonen
1st Tom Bennett-Lloyd
2nd Torin Prescott
3rd David Taylor