Britain’s longest-standing and most prestigious wind-surfing competition has been given a massive boost ahead of this year’s event – with organisers emphasising their commitment to the event until at least 2014.
The week-long Tiree Wave Classic, which starts this Saturday, October 13th, on the remote Inner-Hebridean island of Tiree, is moving into its 26th year.
Pura Vida, which manages and promotes the competition, has revealed that it remains totally committed to hosting the event for three more years – if not many more.
Pura Vida owner Jim Brooks-Dowsett said, “We’re delighted and thrilled to confirm our support to what is such a fantastic event.”
“We have massive plans for the next three years, including more TV coverage, and have a long term aim to bring the Professional Windsurfers Association World Tour back to Tiree too,” said Jim.
“We all know how special Tiree is to windsurfers, in particular wave riders, around the world, and can only see the competition going from strength to strength,” said Jim.
“We hope our commitment means sailors and entrants can go into this year’s event safe in the knowledge that Tiree will continue to get bigger and better,” he said.
Registration for this year’s event is open and going strongly, with another world-class field expected.
The competition forms a crucial third leg of the British Wavesailing Assocation’s UK Wave Tour.
Already this year there have been events in Wales and Ireland, with Welshman Phil Horrocks leading the professional standings ahead of John Skye and Jamie Hancock.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer of EventScotland said:
"The Tiree Wave Classic is one of Scotland's most iconic events, showcasing Scotland's rugged coastline and credentials as a leading destination for windsurfing. EventScotland is delighted to be supporting this year's event, investing in increased international media coverage to ensure the event continues to grow in popularity."
As well as the professional fleet, last year’s event in Tiree attracted the largest number of amateur entrants ever assembled on the island.
“We’ve loved seeing so many faces last year for the 25th anniversary, and we had a brilliant week of action,” said Jim.
“We’re looking forward to seeing them back again this year – and many more besides,” he said.
“We’re going to really enjoy building up to an extra special 2014 to coincide with Scotland hosting the Commonwealth Games. It’s going to be a sweet three years – with many more to come afterwards too,” he said.
Nigel Treacy, from the British Wavesailing Tour Association, is excited about heading back to Tiree once again.
“Tiree’s always such a special event, with fantastic beaches and always plenty of wind,” Nigel said.
“The beauty of the island for us is that whichever direction the wind is blowing, there’s a perfect beach for us, so it really is a location which can rival anywhere in the world,” he said.
“That’s one of the reasons the event is so popular – as well as the fantastic locals who are always so welcoming."