Some of the world’s best windsurfers have competed against each other last week at one of the most challenging of UK sporting events, the Tiree Wave Classic 2008. John Skye (31) was announced winner of the Professional competition, winning the coveted Tiree Wave Classic Crown.


John Skye



“I am really happy. It was my 3rd win which I think is a record. The level in the UK at the moment is really high, so to win the biggest UK event of the year is great”, John stated his victory.
Louise Emery came first is the Ladies, David Edmington won the Masters and Sam Darkin won the Amateurs.

The first ever Coll Challenge was held on Tuesday when competitors braved a three-mile run, a windsurf between Tiree and Coll, ending with 11.5 mile mountain bike ride.

Paulo Nutini arrived on the island on Wednesday and did an impromptu performance for the competitors and crew, in what has to be described as the party night of the year on the small isle of Tiree. Paolo Giovanni Nutini is a Scottish singer/songwriter. Some of his famous songs are “These Streets”, “Last Request” or “New Shoes”.

Gordon Ritchie, director of event organisers, GMFCo said: “This week has been a brilliant success – we’ve seen superb conditions for the windsurfing competition and launched the inaugural Coll Challenge which will be held again in 2009. The whole week has been full on and the benefits for the sailors, the island and the sponsors are sure to be felt.”


Tiree Wave Classic 2008 Results Pro
1. John Skye
2. Phil Horrocks
3. Ben Proffitt
4. James Cox
5. Jamies Hancock
6. Chris Murray

1. Louise Emery
2. Sarah Bibby
3. Sarah Finney

1. David Edmington
2. Keith Shorrocks
3. Nigel Treacy

1. Sam Darkin
2. Scott McDowell
3. Ian Gibson