Day 2 - Tiree

Competitors woke to light winds despite epic forecasts. After 2 hours on hold head Judge Duncan Coombes called the competition for Ballephuil. Light cross-on conditions prevailed and the amateurs were first on the water followed by the ladies then the pros fleet.
Masters were released for the day after big Davey Edmiston complained that his toes were cold and wanted to go home for his slippers [Sorry davy, I could resist!]

Results as follows:

Debbie Kennedy put in another solid performance in challenging light winds to take first place. After yesterday's disappointing 3rd place, Kariina Pirhonen was keen to improve and narrowly beat new girl Sophie Gilje into 3rd place. Eilidh Sutherland struggled in the currents and is yet to get out of the blocks but looking more confident than yesterday at her first wave competition.

The amateur fleet is looking stronger than ever with many of the sailors looking as sharp as the pros. And there were many battles amongst this competitive fleet. Scottish hopeful and previous winner Scotty McDowell had a shocker getting knocked out of the first round. There was a lot at stake for young Aleksy Gayda who is looking to go professional in future and he brought it home in style winning a hard fought final. Alfie Hart blew the judges away with spectacular table tops and snappy waveriding. After a flying start, Lewis Merrony failed to show his best finishing third and new boy Schlep came a credible fourth in his first comp.

There were some shocks and surprises with Jamie Hancock being knocked out despite looking one of the best sailors in free sailing. Another surprise was Phil Horrocks, currently 2nd in the tour, struggling with the lighter winds but perhaps the biggest shocker was Adam Lewis failing to get past his first round. On the PWA tour Lewis is only a few points away from being in the top eight in the world but starboard tack killed his chances and spirit leaving him a broken man on the beach. Skyboy and Lewis were later seen sharing a box of cleanex!

The final saw Ben Proffitt and Andy King fighting for waves. Andy King has been away from competition for a few years but as we all know the 'backloop-king' can cause big upsets on the day and he nearly did with very snappy waveriding and confident jumps but it was current tour leader Ben Proffitt who just proved too consistent and took a deserving win with popular freestyle legend  Andy 'Bubble' Chambers claiming third.

So these are the results as they stand but with 5 days still to go and the likely chance of double eliminations, the final script is not definitely written.

Compiled by Nigel Treacy, BWA Chairman.

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