No photos yet as the photographer is still out sailing after having to watch the fleets compete in 5m, cross shore winds at The Maze all day! Today was jumping weather and with 2 jumps and 1 wave to count, it was totally different to the first day of competition at The Maze.
PROS: Winner Phil Horrocks. First upset of the day was when 17 year old Youth sailor, Graham Woods, beat Jamie Hancock in the first heat. Jamie was underpowered thoughout most of the heat whilst slight Graham ripped it up! Second upset was for the onlookers who were looking forward to watching Phil Horrocks against John Skye but John pulled out this morning suffering from serious flu and spent the whole day in bed! So Phil progressed without getting his hair wet.
The last 6 went like this: Graham Woods, Finn Mullen, John Hibbard in one heat AND Phil Horrocks, Ben Proffitt and Andy King in the other. Mullen & Hibbard went through quite comfortable against Woods who was by now totally knackered having sailed in the Youth fleet as well. The other killer heat was a very, very close one which uinfortunately knocked out Proffitt. Ben later questioned whether the judges had missed one of his jumps but by then it was too late and the heats continued without a re-sail. Bad luck for Proffitt but he took it well.
So onto the semi-finals; Mullen .v. Horrocks and Hibbard .v. King. Hibbard was doing some awesome forwards and pushloops but King got through on a sweet table top forward. Mullen suffered at the hands of Phil with one-handed backloops and slick wave riding. So the final was between King and Horrocks. Phil was on his 5.2m and 74 litre board so was well powered up to do his trade mark move; a clean one-handed backloop. Finishing off with a taka on the wave, it was all looking good. King tried to beat that with a pushloop table top and several backloops but it was not to be - always the bridesmaid, never the bride!!
AMATEURS: Winner Scott McDowell Once again the local sailors from Troon beach on the mainland dominated the event. Ian Gibson made it into the final to join fellow compatriot and van mate Scott McDowell along with event photographer Simon Crowther. Scott McDowell took the event win with a stunning, high forward loop although Ian was close behind with slightly better wave riding. But the 2 to 1 decision in Scott\'s favour saw him take the title for the second year running.
MASTERS: Winner Dave Edmiston What a competition!! Really close heats and a lot of friendly banter on the beach. Gerry Wilcox & Nigel Treacy made it into the final to join Sav and Dave Edmiston. Nigel then broke his mast minutes before the final, only to be rescued by his team mates and sent out on another set of kit - what a Pro! He was doing rather well until Dave Edmiston unleashed his forward in the middle of the heat then rode some decent waves back in. It was really game over for Nigel and for Sav & Gerry who fought hard but couldn\'t match the Scottish legend from Troon!
YOUTHS: Winner Rich Jones We welcomed two sailors into the Youth fleet: Steve Jarvis & Ben Eisler. But they struggled to win through against Graham Woods & Rich Jones who have really improved over this season and can now compete with the Pros no problem. Jones took the win with some decent riders and solid loops.
JUNIORS: Winner Aleksy Gayda Only two entrants this year and one from the Isle of Tiree. John Isaacson has grown up around the Wave Clasic events so it was really good to see him out at The Maze ripping it up. However, Aleksy Gayda was in a class of his own, wave riding far too well for a 14 year old kid not to mention his loops - the judges were very impressed.
So that was that - and a good job too as it was getting harder to keep the PWA Superstars out of the sailing area as they tried to get in some practice for the main event starting tommorow. The Tiree Wave Classic is now over and all will celebrate at The Lodge tonight and welcome in the next rounds of international competition.
Finally the `8 PWA WILDCARDS were won by: Andy King, Finn Mullen, Graham Woods, Rich Jones, Chris Murray, Martin Francis, Adam Lewis and Nick Moffat. Watch out PWA boys!!