Day 1 2014

TireeGoPro-127-1With the best pro riders in the UK all registered for the Tiree Wave Classic, all the team are on standby at Balephuil Beach in the hope of grabbing some waves and warming up for the winds forecast to come through stronger and stronger as the week goes on!  The swell is forecast to build with a massive 20 second period in the pipeline……
The opportunity for Amateurs and Masters to still pre-enter online in time for the great forecast ahead is still open until 9pm on sunday night!!
Calmac still have space on some of the ferries coming in this week so the best bet is to call the Oban office directly on 01631566688
Multiple Tiree Champion Ben Proffit (Simmer/Simmer/Oshea/Funsport) has just come from winning the Indoor World Slalom Title in Poland and is poised to go head to head with Phil Horrocks (Gaastra/Tabou) for not only the Tiree Title once more, but this will lead into the final round of the BWA championship in Cornwall and can make all the difference to any of the top 5 riders looking for an all important podium finish!  Phil and Ben are no strangers to competing against each other and sailing together at their home spot in Rhosneigr for many years now……
Ben – “ It was great to win here last year and I am super keen to win it again!  There are some solid riders here so I just hope the forecast comes in before we have to head to PWA La Torche in France”
Phil – “It is really tight at the top this year and I think it will come down to the last event for sure.  With such a close competition and level of riders we’ve got everything to play for in Tiree!”
Looking ahead there is such a great forecast coming in that event organiser Jim Brooks from Puravida has just announced an OPEN EXPRESSION SESSION is planned to be held later in the week.  There will be more details and coverage to follow as the forecast unfolds.  Local Willy Angus from Wild Diamond is confident that there is a good storm coming in.
Willy Angus – “Typically in Tiree a good forecast can come in quicker than predicted and it looks like the wind and swell should be pretty solid by mid week.  The latter part looking really strong so fingers crossed the pros don’t miss it and the Amateur fleets could be on for some exciting conditions!”
The ‘Craic’ on Tiree is famous and the Lodge will be playing host all week to some great artists and entertainers – Tonight kicks off with local musicians followed by Tommy Armstrong for Big Tuesday and not to forget the epic AC/DC tribute act ‘Forever Young’ heading in from Glasgow for Friday night!!
Stay posted for more updates – Jim Brooks, Event Organiser
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