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Phil Horrocks kicked started his tour with a good win on his home turf of Rhosneigr back in May. Adam Lewis bagged a second whilst Phil’s nemesis, Ben Proffitt, collected a third. The event then moved to Brandon Bay, Ireland where Proffitt quickly regained ground with a win against Horrocks and Lewis taking third. By this point the leader table was close and with a long summer ahead the competitors waited patiently for the Tiree and Cornwall Wave Classics.

As it turned out the pros were unable to complete a round in Tiree although Phil did go on to win the first ever ‘Quickening’ contest. Whilst this was a ferocious knockout-based battle for Tiree Wave Classic sword, the points would not factor in the Championship. There was now only 1 point between Proffitt and Horrocks with Lewis trailing 1.3 points behind that.

By late November the battle lines were drawn and with a great forecast in Cornwall the title was within easy reach of any of the three. However, the forecast tightened to allow only one day of quality competition and it was to come right down to the wire in a final that featured Phil and Dave Horrocks, Proffitt and Lewis. In the end it was solid waveriding from Phil that was to reward him with a very well-deserved win. Proffitt and Lewis came a close second and third respectively with Dave Horrocks taking a very impressive fourth, not too shabby for a ‘part-time’ pro.

For the first time ever the final result in Cornwall mirrored the final result for the tour. Phil picked up the Championship trophy for the second year on the run. His only disappointment being that he had already driven the 10 kilo trophy once down the M6 and was in for further mileage costs in driving it back home!

Pro Fleet

Champion                           Phil Horrocks (Gaastra, Tabou)

Vice Champion                  Ben Proffitt (Simmer, Simmer, Funsport)

3rd                                           Adam Lewis (North, Fanatic,ION)

4th                                           Dave Horrocks (Gaastra, Tabou)


Champion                           Justyna Sniady (Simmer,Simmer)

Vice Champion                  Sara Kellett

3rd                                           Ping Ling

4th                                           Megan Gayda

In the women’s fleet, hot favourite Justyna Sniady in the first event of the year fell to third with Sara Kellett in second and Amanda Beenan in first. But this wobble was soon remedied as Justyna then went on to take three solid wins in Ireland, Scotland and England. This was an impressive performance considering it was not long ago that Justyna was told by doctors that she would never windsurf again following her 2012 injury.

Kellett also looked impressive with three second places and one third to ensure her title of Vice Champ. Ping Ling was delighted to take her first third overall and a special commendation must go to Megan Gayda who came a half point behind Ping. Megan will surely be one to watch for the future.



Champion                           Mike Archer

Vice Champion                  Mike Wand-Tetley

3rd                                           Ben Page

4th                                           Will Barrett

Mike Archer scored two firsts in Wales and Scotland ensuring he took the title for Ams Champ but the race remained tight for the year between Mike Wand-Tetley and Ben Page. Wand-Tetley missed the ferry for Tiree and Page was able to take a comfortable second place. But disaster struck Page as he suffered a broken arm leaving the field open for Wand-Tetley to steal the Vice-Champs trophy in Cornwall. Of note, 2013 youth Champ Tris Levie ended his tour with a very credible fifth overall Amateur place, another one to watch for the future. The BWA rules allow the top two Ams to proceed to the pros fleet in 2015 but with only 0.3 points between second and third places this year, the committee are considering extending this to include Ben Page.


Champion                           Jack Petit

Vice Champion                  Finn Mellon

3rd                                           Freddie Ide

4th                                           Dan Slater

Heading to the final event of 2014, Jack Petit, Nial Melon and Freddie Ide were sitting neck and neck in joint first position. Freddie was hot favourite having already destroyed most of the Ams fleet in Tiree. But in Cornwall it was Jack Petit and Fin Mellon who shone head and shoulder above the rest. Fin has trained hard for this title on his home break of Brandon Bay but on the final heat of the day it was Jack Petit who stood out just enough to take the Championship title. The judging team are confident that it won’t be long before the UK has another PWA Champ from this youth stable.


Champion                           Craig Hamilton

Vice Champion                  Kyle McGinn

3rd                                           Geoff Hautman

4th                                           Dave Ewer

The fact that this fleet is for the over 35’s can often leave you with the impression that it is a sedentary affair. Make no mistake, on the water these guys don’t hold back. Kyle McGinn made a big impression in his first BWA tour with a second in Tiree followed by a third in Cornwall. Geoff Hautman scored a first in Ireland only to meet with disaster in Tiree when he disqualified himself for running Anson off a wave. Hautman still racked up enough solid performances take his second third overall. But it was the experienced sailing of Craig Hamilton that was to see the RAF star take the Championship with McGinn only 1.5 points behind to take the Vice trophy.

Report by Nigel Treacy

BWA – Chairman

UKWA – Wave Director

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An All New Wave Competition Format

The BWA Tour in the UK has been sampling out a new competition format whilst on the third stage of the tour up in Tiree. Find out what it is all about by watching the video below.

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Archer scores Bulls eye


Super chuffed Mike Archer chose to pull his Moo out his quiver to dominate the amateur fleet then take first place at round one of the BWA Championships at Rhosneigr last weekend. Well done Mike top skills, a big thanks to Si COWther who we nicked the pics from!


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8-11 May 2014

A mega forecast for the BWA Rhosneigr event drew in a record number of entrants. Hosted by Dave ‘Bucky’ Buckland from Funsport over fifty competitors made the journey to Wales to battle it out over the weekend.


Pro action kicked off on Friday morning in westerly starboard tack conditions before the wind shifted to the south west later in the afternoon.

Head Judge Duncan Coombs decided to save the final between Ben Proffitt and Phil Horrocks for better conditions predicted on Saturday morning.

Phil managed to beat Ben in the first final while John Skye took down James Cox in the battle for third and fourth of the single elimination.

With conditions improving by the minute, we went straight into the double elimination of the pros.

Adam Lewis was the standout sailor, fighting his way back all the way through to the final taking down, James Cox, John Skye and Ben Proffitt before the final showdown with Phil Horrocks.

The heat against Skye saw some of the best double forwards of the day plus some amazing one handed back loops, tweaked pushies and wave 360s.

In the final Lewis was slightly underpowered on his 4.2m and unable to nail a double loop.

Phil Horrocks took full advantage landing a sweet one handed back loop, a frontside air and perfect tweaked push-loop-tabletop.

After the men’s finals it was straight into the Women’s, Amateurs, Masters and Junior divisions.

As the day progressed the surf built up to logo high with most sailors well powered up on small sails.

Out of ‘Three Daves’, Dave Ewer from Plymouth was the victor in the masters with Big Davey second and Dave Buckland third.

Mike Archer won the Amateur final ahead of Clyde Waite and Mike Wand-Tetley, while Amanda Beenen beat Justyna Sniady in the final of the ladies.

The standout performance prize was awarded to Scotty MacDowell who managed to sail for over eight hours on Saturday and has the callouses to prove it!

Saturday night saw the Cowboys and Indians party and curry night at the Sandymount Pub, but most were taking it easy with more wind forecast for Sunday.

Come Sunday, the wind had swung back to the west so back to Starboard tack. Standout performance of the day went to Sarah Kellet who fought her way back to the final where she was narrowly defeated by Amanda Beenen in the Ladies Super Final.

Thanks to Dave Buckland of Funsport, Nigel Treacy and Jim Brooks-Dowsett from the BWA and judges Duncan Coombs, Mark Hosegood and Mike Archer.

The tour now heads over to Brandon Bay in Ireland where the next event will take place between May 12th to the 16th.

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John Carter’s gallery from day 2 of the opening British Wavesailing Association (BWA) event in Rhosneigr, Wales.

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BWA Wales and Ireland – Proffitt’s Preview

The BWA (British Wavesailing Association) tour kicks off today in Rhosneigr, North Wales. After a weekend in Wales competitors will journey to the legendary Brandon Bay on the west coast of Ireland, for another week of contests. Boardseeker caught up with former UK champion and Rhossy local Ben Proffitt before the contest. Follow all the […]

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After an exciting Tour in 2013 it’s nearly time for the British Wavesailing Association (BWA) Competitors, Crew and Coaches to hit the road once again to start the title race for 2014!

The first 2 legs run seamlessly back to back first at the Northern Tip of Wales at Rhosneigr in Anglesey where you can conveniently get a ferry straight across to Ireland and on to Jamie Knox well known stomping ground in Brandon Bay, County Kerry!

For a great number of years now STENA LINE have been supporting the British Wave Tour with both discounted crossings and top prizes for riders to use their services throughout the year, and they have been instrumental in making the ‘back to back’ Wales & Ireland events possible!

Keep an eye out on for special offers and surf trip deals across the year to get arose and make the most if the great and varied conditions Ireland has to offer!

We will be back in touch shortly to let you know what crossings and special prices are available for the BWA Tour competitors.

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Congratulations to Ross Williams for winning the STENA LINE prize of a return trip to Ireland as the winner of the 2013 Event in Brandon Bay! Keep an eye on Ross as he competes in both waves & slalom this year for GA Sails & Tabou Boards.

BWA Wales is hosted by Funsport Rhosneigr with Support from The Beach Cafe, O’shea Clothing & Wetsuits

Pro Competition – 8th to 11th May

All other fleets – 10th to 11th May

BWA Ireland is Hosted by Spillanes Bar & Restaurant with Jamie Knox Watersports and support from O’shea Clothing & Wetsuits, Kerry Sail Co and Kathleen McCauliffe.

All fleets – 12th to 16th May



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Bibby vs Beenen

Two of the PWA’s wavesailing women have been training in preparation for the 2014 BWA (British Wavesailing Association) tour. This year Amanda Beenen and Sarah Bibby will join the tour, with the aim of taking the title from the 2013 champion Justyna Sniady. Whilst Sniady has been pictured smashing some super high backloops, Beenen and […]

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BWA announce dates for 2014.

The BWA UK Wave Tour 2014 kicks off with the challenging back-to-back Wales/Ireland event. A weekend of competition and partying at Rhosneigr followed by the now famous road trip to the West coast of Ireland for a week of Kerry waves and Guinness.

Then after a summer break we head North for 7 days of amazing Scottish hospitality at the Tiree Wave Classic. The tour then heads deepest south 2 weeks later for the final event in Cornwall where the leaders will fight out the coveted Championship titles.

New for 2014:
Wales: Event is extended by a day for Pro fleets with a Thursday start.

Scotland: Due to a close PWA event we have the option to stagger the event for the pro fleets (TBC).

Cornwall: We are introducing a ‘forecast day’ for Cornwall (pros only) allowing the organisers the option of adding a day either side for pro competitors.

The Ams dates for Tiree are announced with Pro dates to be confirmed once PWA dates are in place.

As always, the dates are provisional but at present there is no reason to change for Ams.

Pro:s 8-11 May
Ams: 10-11 May

12 – 16 May

Ams: 11-17 Oct
Pros: To be announced. Awaiting final PWA dates.

31 Oct – 2 Nov

We are also including the facility to extend an additional ‘Pro Forecast Day’ of either 30 Oct or 3 Nov for Pros only.
This day will be added at the discretion of the organisers.


Phil Horrocks, 2013 BWA Champion Pic Dave White/BWA

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BWA Highlights 2013

Watch the highlights from the exciting 2013 BWA Tour. Including a huge amount of unseen footage all captured and edited by our very own Alfie Hart.

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