After a couple of days of epic conditions, the rest of the week proved a waiting game for all fleets. Light conditions today brought about competition for the amateurs and ladies, which brought a mix up to the final results, especially in the ladies fleet.
Last day in Ireland delivers
The conditions were cross shore, at Dumps, with relatively small, but peeling waves. All riders were out on their biggest gear, but even so were non planing most of the time, with just enough to get on the wave.
Debbie Kennedy, who was strong on the first day of competition, found herself with a fight on her hands as todays competition got underway. Debbie took some fantastic waves in both heats, taking her straight up the rankings and into the lead. Justyna Sniady, also made a great comeback after a tricky start in the competition, bringing her back up into second position. All the other girls, Sophia, Lucy and Emma all sailed strongly in the difficult, light conditions showing many of the amateurs how it was done.
The amateur fleet also got through a fair few heats, but not enough to disrupt the top seedings. Judge Ian Ross, took a break from the judging panel to hit the water and take the win, with local man Niall Melon in second. Boardseeker camera man Alfie Hart sailed an incredible set of heats to make it to the final, and took a very respectable third.
2011 youth champion, Tom Bennett-Lloyd stepped up into the amateurs this year and sailed extremely well in today’s tricky conditions, as did Will Barrett and Russ Jenkins. Tris Levie, the only youth in the competition, put in a fantastic performance, sailing alongside the amateurs and more than holding his own within competitive heats.
The masters fleet did not have any more action, therefore Whitey continues his lead, with Jan Sleigh in second.
Without any further competition for the pros John Skye takes the top spot, with Jamie Hancock in second, Phil Horrocks in third and Boardseeker man James Cox in fourth.
This takes Phil Horrocks into the overall lead after two events, with John Skye in second and Jamie Hancock in third. Ben Proffitt and Adam Lewis take forth and fifth respectively, and are both sure to be fired up and determined to get onto the podium in Tiree and Cornwall.
Alfie Hart and Ian Ross take first an second in the amateurs, Ian will need to make sure he makes all his heats in future events to be in with keeping his second overall position!
Justyna Sniady is sitting firmly in the top spot after two events, with very strong performances at both events. If she comes along to the two following events she will be a tough one to beat, but Lucy Robson, who lies in second at the moment, Sophia Gilje (third) and Debbie Kennedy will be sure to push her all the way. With another strong representation from the ladies at both events, we are excited to welcome an even stronger fleet in Tiree and Cornwall, come on ladies!
Dave White is winning the masters, with Stu Tilbury in a close second, whilst in the youths Luke Raistrick and Tris Levie, with an event win each, are sharing the top spot.
Looking to Tiree and Cornwall
With both location delivering fantastic conditions, everyone is now looking ahead to the PWA, and then the two further events at the end of the season. With all fleets so closely contested it really is anyone’s game, a summer of competition and training before the next events will be sure to affect the positions in October.