Top British riders have made their way to Tiree for the next round of the British Wavesailing tour. Tiree has an abundance of spots to chose from, meaning that virtually any wind directions can produce great conditions. To find out all about the spots the riders could be sailing, plus more about the island in general check out the Tiree Beach Guide right here on Boards.
Boards in Tiree: The Runners and Riders
The first day of competition was teased with some light winds luring the youth and women out for an attempt at competition.
All headed to Balevullin, where we were greeted with light winds from the right and small waves. As the day progressed and the tide moved in the waves built slightly which meant head judge Mark Hoosegood called the women's and youth fleets onto the water for their first rounds.
The youth fleet headed out first in a 'trial' heat to test out the conditions, unfortunately by this point the higher tide meant that the waves were now sheltered from the wind behind the headland making it even lighter and trickier.
After eight minutes the youth competition was called off, as from the start the wind was very light but Tris Levie shone, managing to get some great waves in the challenging conditions.
Most of the women got on the water before the heats took place; Justyna Sniady took to the water for the first time since breaking her foot and carefully managed some runs whilst Debbie Kennedy showed why she has won the previous years events with some solid riding. Unfortunately the women's heats didn't get underway at all, but on a positive note two more female competitors turned up today to push the numbers up to an incredible 11. Dave White took the opportunity to get all the ladies together for a mini photoshoot on the beach!
Before the winds picked up Ben Proffitt, Andy 'Bubble' Chambers, Phil Horrocks and Chris 'Muzza' Murray gave some tuning advice to the other fleets.
Light wind days up here (and sadly there have been a few during this competition) are the perfect opportunity for picking up lots of tips on equipment, technique etc, so every day the conditions do not deliver activities like this have been arranged.
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