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FOUR SEASONS: WHY KITESURFING IS BETTER OFF WITHOUT THE OLYMPICS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 24 November 2012 FOUR Seasons tries to steer clear of writing about competitive sports. That’s what The Scotsman sports section is for. Yes, of course, skiing, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, surfing and the like all have their competitive side – their global tours, world cups and league tables. But when you […]

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: KITESURFERS VS WINDSURFERS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 22 September 2012 GIVEN a relatively level playing field – ie, water deep enough so that a shark could manoeuvre proficiently, but shallow enough so that a bear could stand and operate with its characteristic dexterity – who would win in a fight between a bear and a shark?” This is […]

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: A TRUE WATERWOMAN

Published: The Scotsman (TSMAG) 31 July 2010 LASER Radials are super-fast, super-light, single-handed sailing dinghies, and few people in the world race them as well as Helensburgh native Charlotte Dobson. Riding high in the International Sailing Federation rankings, and with the 2012 Olympic Games looming on the horizon, she is already being touted as a […]

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 […]

Four Seasons: In search of the perfect wave

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 12 September 2009 I DON’T like lying – it invalidates my karma insurance and I’m terrified of being reincarnated as a beetle – but for the last few weeks, for the sake of an easy life, I’ve been telling the same porky over and over again. As I work on the arts desk at […]

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 […]