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15 December 2018.

Tiree, Windsurfing & Kite...

The island of Tiree has long been established as one of the world’s premier windsurfing destinations. It is only natural that it has gained popularity as a kitesurfing spot too. The island is ideal for everyone from beginner to expert providing great sailing conditions regardless of wind direction. With beaches all around the island providing a variety of conditions depending on wind direction and an inland loch guaranteeing flat water regardless, virtually all of the boxes have been ticked.

In October each year the Tiree Wave Classic world cup event blows up on an Atlantic swell generated by storm force winds that would have most of us battening the hatches and hunkering down by the fire with a wee dram of malt. On Tiree however, things are slightly different. An international group of neoprene clad athletes take to the water in what has become an annual spectacle drawing crowds from afar.

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Beginner - Windsurf

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Tiree is an ideal location for anyone taking up either kitesurfing or windsurfing. Firstly the island has an elevated loch that isn't particularly deep. No matter what direction the wind is blowing from it's always possible to sail safely. In lighter winds the islands’ beaches also provide a relatively safe environment conducive to learning. And with the local kitesurfing and windsurfing school offering lessons and equipment hire to beginners and proficient sailors alike there’s nothing to hold anyone back.

Freestyle and Wave Sailing

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The Tiree Wave Classic event is a great advertisement for the islands wave sailing credentials and certainly goes some way to putting Tiree on the windsurfing map. Of course there wouldn’t be a wave classic if Tiree didn’t have the stats to back it up. With an average wind speed of 17 knots and the full force of the north Atlantic swell barrelling in on strong south westerly’s freestylers can have an absolute ball between spring and autumn and sometimes in the more benign summer months too.