On a thrilling final day of action, defending champion Ben Proffitt battled back to win the 2011 Tiree Wave Classic in front of John Skye and Phil Horrocks.

Ben Proffitt - Pic: Tiree Wave Classic

Proffit, 33, had to beat three-time winner John Skye twice to secure the title. “It feels good, it feels really good,” said Ben, “I was a bit gutted when I lost the lead on Monday but to come back in the triple – and to win it –  feels better than if I’d have been leading all the way. To win back to back is special. I didn’t really think about until I was talking to a couple of people from the camera crew, and I wasn’t really expecting it because it was a really strong field this year, but I’m really happy about it.”

Ben Proffitt - Pic: Tiree Wave Classic

It leaves Proffit on top of the standings for the BWA (British Wavesailing Association) Wave Tour title, with one contest – in Cornwall – to come. “Obviously Tiree is the one event you really want to win. But the best to win is the overall title. Now I’d be quite happy if we had no wind in Cornwall! Or if there’s wind and I win there too, that’d be even better!”


Final results Tiree Wave Classic 2011:

1st Ben Proffitt
2nd John Skye
3rd  Phil Horrocks

1st Aleksy Gayda
2nd Lewis Merrony
3rd Scotty McDowell

Masters (Amateurs aged 40+)
1st Mark Lloyd
2nd Davey Edmiston
3rd Keith Shorrocks

1st Debbie Kennedy
2nd Sophia Joy Gilje
3rd Kariina Perhonen

1st Tom Bennett-Lloyd
2nd Torin Prescott
3rd David Taylor


Eventwebsite: www.tireewaveclassic.co.uk