John Skye: flying towards victory

John Skye has claimed the Round 2 of the British Wavesailing Association (BWA) Tour, held in Brandon Bay, Ireland.


After the inaugural event in Wales, the best British wave windsurfers enjoyed a perfect wind scenario up in the north.

"We had a wild crossing with so much wind and swell, which meant that the best wave spots were firing when we got there! A few hours sleep and we went straight into competition mode in the stunning setting of Brandon Bay, big waves and sunshine", tells Jim Brooks-Dowsett, from the BWA.
 
Pro riders were all sailing well in the epic conditions, making it hard to find a clear favourite. The top 5 was very close, and James Cox charged through the heats with some real standout riding to finish fourth.

After some of the best waves seen in an Irish competition John Skye impressed everyone and came out victorious, with Jamie Hancock climbing up into second place, ahead of Wales winner and team-mate Phil Horrocks.

"Wales was tough and I really wanted to win here in Ireland, especially in such world class conditions. So many of the guys were ripping and a few of the favourites didn't make the final as the standard was so high. Pretty stoked to get it and still be in with a chance for the championship", declared John Skye.

The Women's fleet impressed again. A solid performance from the international guest Justyna Sniady was nearly enough, but not quite in the end, who this time took second place.

She was just behind winning Cornish ripper Debbie Kennedy. Newcomer Sophia Gilje Joy earned a well deserved third place as she did in Wales, showing just how much she has progressed since her first ever comp in Tiree last year.

The Cornwall Classic 2011 winner Lucy Robson lost out on the last day in some light conditions slipping down to fourth.
 
"We had some great wind early in the week, but I have to admit I don't practice enough on the light days at home! Next time I'll be ready with a floaty board and be prepared for any conditions....not just the good stuff", said Lucy Robson.
 
Pro Men:

1. John Skye
2. Jamie Hancock
3. Phil Horrocks
4. James Cox
5. Ben Proffitt
5. Timo Mullen

Women:

1. Debbie Kennedy
2. Justyna Sniady
3. Sophie Gilje
4. Lucy Robson
5. Emma Ray