With a hectic week for everyone, combining several rounds of all disciplines, John Skye once again proves to be the best all rounder. His route to the top was due to a freestyle win, and top 3 placings in both Super X and Waves. This years competition was held with a hot bed of talent. The jumping session proved this when in several instances competitors got knocked out in the first round despite doing high forwards, backloops and table tops, Ben Proffit came in second after winning the waves and Chris Audsley\’s consistency brought him in at third. Ruth Elliot dominated the womens in all disciplines, whilst Tanya Saleh and Lucy Robson tussled for second and third. Perhaps the most promising area is the youths and juniors. They are almost too keen. Darren Mitchell won the youths again and is an amazing windsurfer, his freestyle would see him easily in the Pro top 10, he just needs to work on the waves. In the Amateur Seb Pepe, a Swansea student, placed in first, again more of a freestyler, but also put a solid wave performance in. He was outdone in the waves by Mark Meardon, from Cornwall. Richard Jones, who is also one of the top Junior racers won the Junior section. Next year he should have polished his forwards a bit more to see him at the top.
For a full report, you will have to wait until the next issue of Boardseeker Magazine, till then all the information is on the official site www.tireewaveclassic.com
The Triple Crown is the biggest event in the UK, the organisation behind it and media coverage it pulls in is absolutely amazing, and is a real credit to windsurfing and everyone behind it. 50 competitors in total entered, from all over the UK and many from abroad. With the coverage already obtained we can expect to see an even bigger Tiree Wave Classic for 2006.
Tiree ended in style, a big party in the community hall with a live band, some Scottish dancing and some traditional moshing! An amazing night to end an amazing week of highs, lows, many emotions, controversy and great conditions.
Photo Credit: Chris Hughes