Tiree Windsurfing, and the Tiree Wave Classic
Tiree Windsurfing and Watersports
Tiree is statistically the windiest & sunniest place in the British Isles! As the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides is also picks up a lot of Atlantic swell. A sunny climate and white sand beaches facing every direction make Tiree a water sports paradise. With good wind statistics and shallow bays to open wave beaches there is everything a kitesurfer could want, and when the wind does not blow empty surfing lineups can be found on the west and south coasts.
With nine windsurfable beaches to choose from, the beauty of Tiree is that it can provide bolt flat water and down-the-line sailing at the same time – you just have to pick your beach. For example, in a typical south-westerly blow you would get down-the-line sailing at Balevullin, port cross onshore at The Maze, starboard cross onshore at Crossapol and flat water at Gott Bay.
Blackhouse Watersports offer kitesurfing and surfing tuition and guiding, kayak and bike hire on Tiree, the 'Isle Under the Sea'. Marti, Iona and the kids are passionate about water sports and spending time at the beach. They are your perfect guides for your island kiting, surfing, kayaking and relaxing!
Welcome to Wild Diamond on the Isle of Tiree. We offer: windsurfing, kitesurfing, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), surfing lessons,kayak hire, sandyachting and the best stocked surf shop in the Hebrides. Our local knowledge of the beaches, and conditions, will ensure you get out and enjoy Tiree’s wind and waves.
Suds Surf School is based around the beautiful waters of the Moray Firth & the Isle of Tiree, where we opened the islands first surf school in 2004. We offer a range of watersports including surfing, bodyboarding, standup paddleboarding & coasteering.
Tiree Wave Classic (11 - 17 October 2015)
The Tiree Wave Classic is the longest standing professional windsurfing event in the world and is the UK's premier windsurfing competition. Run in recent years by Glasgow-based events company Dialogue Marketing headed up by Gordon Ritchie, it takes place each October on the Isle of Tiree on the west coast of Scotland. The Event is to be hosted from 2015 onward by Wild Diamond Watersports – a company based on the Isle of Tiree who have been involved with The Event almost since it’s conception.
Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides and is perfectly situated for providing world-class windsurfing conditions. The island enjoys a mild climate has amongst the highest sunshine hours in Scotland, as well as high average wind speeds. Exposed to the powerful North Atlantic swell, with extreme winds and white sandy beaches, Tiree offers a wide range of conditions within a scenic setting.
Tiree Wave Classic was set up in 1986 and was part of the PWA Professional Windsurfing World Tour in 2007. In recent years the event has reverted to national level, and is now part of the British Wavesailing Association UK Tour. The event has dedicated worldwide TV coverage and attracts hundreds of visitors to the island each year, making the Classic a significant annual economic driver for the island.
At the six-day event, competitors in four categories (Professionals, Amateurs, Masters and Ladies) take part in wave sailing competition that can, if wind and swell conditions permit, result in some of the best windsurfing action the UK has to offer