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FOUR SEASONS: UK WINDSURFING’S NEXT GENERATION

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 6 October 2012 BOOM-judder-judder-judder… BOOM-judder-judder-judder… If you take the ferry from Oban to Tiree at this time of year, you can usually tell what the waves are going to be like on the island long before you actually get there. Unless there’s a gale blowing, things should be peaceful enough as […]

FOUR SEASONS: BECALMED ON TIREE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 June 2012 ONE of the problems with an all-consuming passion like surfing is its all-consumingness. It doesn’t matter how strong-willed you think you are – once you’ve caught the bug, surf-related thoughts become a constant background hum, always lurking somewhere near the edge of your consciousness, tying up legions of […]

FOUR SEASONS: A SOURCE OF ENDLESS INSPIRATION

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 30 July 2011 WITH a nice little swell forecast to hit the East Coast in a few days’ time, I’ve been getting myself in the mood by revisiting one of the all-time classics of the surf cinema canon: Bruce Brown’s 1964 travel epic, The Endless Summer. In a bid to escape […]

FOUR SEASONS: STAYING HAPPY IN THE HEBRIDES

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 July 2011 SOME advice for anyone planning a Hebridean surfing adventure: 1 As your ferry leaves Oban, listen carefully to the recorded safety announcement – not because you should be worried about the ship going down, but because you’ll get to hear the best pronunciation of the word “whistle” in […]

FOUR SEASONS: GREENING SAILING

Published: The Scotsman (TSMAG) 9 October 2010 I’VE never given much thought to the environmental impact of sailing but I suppose I’ve always assumed it must be relatively green – after all, what could be kinder to the planet than getting yourself from A to B using an entirely renewable resource? As it turns out, […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE CALL OF THE MILD

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 July 2010 We were supposed to be going to the islands for midsummer week, my wife and I. Typically, we hadn’t actually got around to booking anything, but it was decided. We were going. Either Tiree again or Lewis. Probably. Depending on accommodation. And ferry times. And wind. And swell. […]

FOUR SEASONS: KILLING TIME ON TIREE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 24 October To the Inner Hebrides last week to catch the tail end of the Tiree Wave Classic – Scotland’s premier windsurfing event. Note to self: next year, take more time off work so you can be there for the whole thing. The Classic has a ten-day waiting period to enable […]

MULLEN IS MASTER OF THE WAVES AT TIREE

Published: The Scotsman, 17 October IRELAND’S Timo Mullen was crowned 2009 Tiree Wave Classic champion last night, picking up GBP 1,500 in prize money and a distinctively Scottish trophy: a five-foot long replica claymore. England’s John Skye, the world No5 finished second, with Germany’s Danny Bruch in third and another English sailor, Jack Hunt, in […]

Coll & Tiree: Set Fare

Published: The Scotsman (TSMAG) 25 Oct 2008 Set fare Dramatic cuts to ferry prices make Coll and Tiree more accessible than ever IT TAKES place in one of the most remote corners in the British Isles, typically in front of just a few dozen spectators, but the Tiree Wave Classic, which was held earlier this […]

Sports News: Windsurfing in Tiree

Published: The Scotsman (Main Section) 13 Oct 2008 This Sporting Life: Windsurfers blown away as the weather gods smile down on Tiree PUTTING on a windsurfing competition can be a knuckle-chewingly frustrating task, and nobody understands that better than Andy Groom, director of the Tiree Wave Classic. Two years ago, the event’s painstakingly planned 20th […]