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RC15 Wrap up

Third time is a charm at the 2015 Channel Islands Surfboards Rincon Classic Presented By Hurley Produced by Surf Happens.

As the waiting period approached a deep trough of high pressure placed itself off the Pacific causing storm tracks to deflect far to the north with little to no swell filtering to Rincon from Christmas day into the first week of the new year. The first weekend in the waiting period January 9-11 showcased the first pulse to reach the Queen in weeks with head high swell predicted through the weekend. Contest director, Chris Keet decided to hold out based upon the predictions for more swell on the way from Surfline’s Jonathon Warren and Diablo Canyon’s, John Lindsey. There was also a slight chance for rain.

The call ended up being a good one as over an inch of rain fell and the wind was south. The following weekend the waves were head high with sunny skies leading many to question the call to postone, but the sun was to shine, and the offs shores blow for the third waiting weekend in the period as the largest swell of the winter graced the Queen of the coast.

This was the first year that an extra half day was added to the event and Friday January 23 kicked off with chest to head high sets and flawless glassy conditions as the Longboards, U12, Wahines, and the first rounds of Men hit the water. Saturday morning January 24 featured all time Jay Bayesque waves reaching the 6-8 foot mark with light offshores. At 9:30 the Northeasts came in heavy for 3 hours with gusts up to 30 knots. As if by magic right before Tom Curren, Conner Coffin, Adam Knox, and Gabe Venturelli paddled out into their RB Pro opening heat the wind dyed and turned light offshore just as the horn sounded. Curren and Coffin battled it out wave for wave with Tom winning the heat soundly with a 9.10 and 9.37. He was riding on his youngest son Pat’s 5’8 that he had cutt the nose off of and reglassed pulling impossible turns with unsurpassed style and power.

All of the Rincon Brewery Pro surfers were lighting it up with top performances by Nick Rosza, Nathaniel Curran, Tarik Khashoggi, Kellen Ellison, Brian Aresco, Adam Lambert, Pete Mussio, and Cory Arrambide. Finals day featured 4-7 foot flawless glassy lines that all competitors were absolutely giggling to surf in. The professional heats eliminated big seeds until the final stage was set featuring Conner Coffin, Cory Arrambide, Mike McCabe, and Tarik Khashoggi. Coffin put together two excellent rides with power, flow and flair to take his second RB Pro title over Cory Arrambide who was in blistering form, Tarik Khashoggi who was throwing buckets, and an ever crisp Mike McCabe.

Other highlights included Tom Curren winning the Scosche Audio “In Rhythm Award” for the highest point total of the RB Pro in his opening heat where he scored a 9.37 and a 9.10. Demi Boelsterli continued her dominance winning her consecutive Womens title with powerful layback slashes, tail slides and a 11th few barrels.

Abby Brown solidified her position as the future Queen of the Queen dominating the Wahines division with an emphatic performance more than doubling her closest competitors scores. Her surfing was precise, radical and powerful. Jeff Knell took out the coveted Mens division with his powerful forehand carves and air reverses, while Eric Ronning destroyed a near double overhead set with turn after turn finishing with a huge tailblow snap to take the Juniors divison.

The Gremlins and Boys divisions featured the next generation of local surfers taking their surfing to amazing heights. Ventura’s Jabe Swierjocki Dominated the field over Dimitri Poulos for the second year in a row showcasing flawless technique and style. Another stand out in the U12 was Liam Osborne catching the “wave of his life” landing in a solid 3rd .

U14 boys winner Tommy McKeown put on a clinic ticking all of the boxes that make the ASP judges smile. Vertical tail wafts, searing wrap arounds and an air reverse to finish landed him a perfect ten in the final where he topped an in form and stellar performance by Zane Booth.

The Masters division was a battle between Carp,Santa Barbara, and Ventura boys with a see saw battle between Pastor Britt Merrick and Adam Virs. Virs got the nod from the judges with his vertical attack and powerful cutties with Merrick a close second. Virs said he was “officially retiring” from the Pro division and would be back to take it to the boys in the Masters in 2016.

In the Grand Masters Tony De Groot took his Third consecutive win, showcasing new flair and an improved vertical attack. Legends winner Steve Hansen has perfect style and stayed focused on precise rail turns and butters off the lips on the set waves to seal the victory. Longboard champion Evan Trauntvein spent more time on the nose than a Rhino Plastique surgeon and took a convincing second win in a row over Belzer and J.P Garcia. He also posted the highest final point total to win the amateur Scosche Audio In Rhythm award with a 19.17 combined point total.

The first annual King Of The Queen Battle Of The Surf Shops showcased 6 local teams going head to head to see who would be the top shop of the con for 2015. The format took each team members heat placing giving 6 to first and 1 point for 6th, and their top wave score to establish team points. In the first Round J7 absolutely dominated with Ventura Surf Shop in second and CI surfboards squeaking in third to advance to the final.

CI Surfboards team was eager to make a statement in the final and through strategy and performance took a convincing win over J7 with VSS rounding out in 3rd. The Expression Session was a shred and style fest featuring Chris Brown doing airs and wrap arounds, Tom Curren dicing the sets, Ryan Moore powering from the Indicator to the cove, Jonathon Warren from Surfline riding bombs with a smile like a kid in Christmas, event organizer Chris Keet letting off some steam on dreamy sets, Davey Smith ripping on his backside and inspiration award winner Adres Barbieri surfing better than any other one legged man on the planet.

Once the event wrapped up finalists and families headed to the SIMA Classic Sunday awards ceremony held at the Santa Barbara Maritime museum for food by Rincon Brewery, live music by Johnny McCann, and to enjoy the weekend video highlights and contestant final placings.

The RC 15 Raffle raising money for Grom Surf League, funding free local surf contests for youth, was an amazing success as community members bought tickets to support the cause and win amazing prizes. Through local supporters, The Brittingham Family Foundation, and matching donor Mark Schulhof, we have raised enough money to host the first event, The Coffin Brothers Jalama Surf Out August 20-15, and the second annual Lakey Peterson Leadbetter Classic (December 2015).

Two and a half days of perfection, 300 local competitors, amazing sponsors, 75 degree weather, and thousands of competitors showcased the event. The morning following the comp you would never have been able to tell that an event had been held. The beach was as clean as the conditions. Until 2016 long live the Queen.

2015 RESULTS

Professional Final

  1. CONNER COFFIN 15.26 POINT TOTAL $1,300
  2. CORY ARRAMBIDE 10.58 POINT TOTAL $900
  3. TARIK KHASHOGGI 8.24 POINT TOTAL $700
  4. MIKE MCCABE 8.00 POINT TOTAL $450

Mens Final

  1. JEFF KNELL 16.70
  2. JASON KNELL 15.77
  3. SEAN LIONELLO 13.03
  4. BRIAN ARESCO 11.10
  5. COLIN SCHILDHAUER 10.66
  6. CARTER ANDERSON 8.83

Womens Final

  1. DEMI BOELSTERLI 18.13
  2. CATHERINE CLARK 14.77
  3. AUBREY FALK 14.60
  4. CASSIDY URBANY 6.40
  5. LISA WYNN LUNA 5.17
  6. MAXCY DANCY 4.37

Juniors Final

  1. ERIC RONNING 17.00
  2. SEAN WOODS 14.94
  3. JEFF KNELL 12.83
  4. JOSIAH AMICO 11.77
  5. JASON KNELL 11.60
  6. JACE KENNEDY 5.80

Boys Final

  1. TOMMY MCKEOWN 17.77
  2. ZANE BOOTH 14.97
  3. SAM REICHEL 11.94
  4. GAVIN EASON 10.90
  5. DIMITRI POULOS 10.83
  6. RYDER ALVES 4.56

Gremlins Final

  1. JABE SWIERKOCKI 16.77
  2. DIMITRI POULOS 12.50
  3. LIAM OSBORNE 10.60
  4. SHAYMUS O’HEARN 10.23
  5. MARLEY SAPP 9.97
  6. CURTIS JACOBS 6.03

Masters Final

  1. ADAM VIRS 15.67
  2. BRITT MERRICK 12.16
  3. IAN ONEILL 12.06
  4. TONY DEGROOT 10.80
  5. GREG VENABLE 10.50
  6. BRETT JORDAN 7.89

Grandmasters Final

  1. TONY DEGROOT 16.34
  2. BRETT JORDAN 13.43
  3. JON PYZEL 11.17
  4. ANDY SMALLEY 10.57
  5. BRIAN GRAGG 10.34
  6. STEVE WEIR 9.80

Legends Final

  1. STEVE HANSON 17.16
  2. STEVE REICHEL 11.67
  3. WAYNE RICH 8.96
  4. L. PAUL MANN 6.83
  5. ANDY NEUMANN 6.76
  6. KIT BOISE COSSART 4.67

Wahine Final

  1. ABBY BROWN 16.50
  2. MADDIE MALMSTEN 7.14
  3. ALANNA MOORE 6.46
  4. ASHLEY TREVINO 4.87
  5. CASSIDY URBANY 4.50
  6. LAREINA HIGGINES 1.90

Longboard Final

  1. EVAN TRAUNTVEIN 19.17
  2. JEFF BELZER 13.93
  3. JP GARCIA 11.24
  4. CLINT UNANDER 10.34
  5. WAYNE RICH 8.60
  6. ANDY NEUMANN 6.57

SCOSCHE IN RHYTHM AWARDS

  • AMATEUR : EVAN TRAUNTVEIN 19.17
  • PROFESSIONAL : 
  • TOM CURREN 18.51 $500 (DAY 1 HIGHEST PRO POINT TOTAL)
  • CORY ARRAMBIDE 19.06  $500 (OVERALL HIGHEST PRO POINT TOTAL)

KING OF THE QUEEN BATTLE OF THE SURF SHOPS

1. CHANNEL ISLANDS SURFBOARDS 50.13 POINTS

  • PAT ECKER (OVER 30)
  • ZANE BOOTH (13 & UNDER)
  • KILIAN GARLAND (TEAM RIDER)
  • BRANDON SMITH (SHOP EMPLOYEE)

2. J7 SURFBOARDS 44.40 POINTS

  • DENNIS RIZZO (OVER 30)
  • PITAS HIGGINS (13 & UNDER)
  • SEAN WOODS (TEAM RIDER)
  • ADAM VIRS (SHOP EMPLOYEE)

3. VENTURA SURF SHOP 34.53 POINTS

  • SEAN HAYES (OVER 30)
  • DIMITRI POULOS (13 & UNDER)
  • KELLEN ELLISON (TEAM RIDER)
  • CHARLIE FAWCETT (SHOP EMPLOYEE)

4. SURF N WEAR BEACH HOUSE

  • JON PYZEL (OVER 30)
  • JABE SWIERXOCKI (13 & UNDER)
  • JEFF KNELL (TEAM RIDER)
  • PETE MUSSIO (SHOP EMPLOYEE)

5. MATT MOORE SURFBOARDS / RINCON DESIGNS

  • BRADY PHILLIPS (OVER 30)
  • ALANNA MOORE (13 & UNDER)
  • BRIAN SCHMIDT (TEAM RIDER)
  • BRETT ROBBINS (SHOP EMPLOYEE)

6. A-FRAME SURF SHOP

  • MIKE BILGREN (OVER 30)
  • GAVIN EASON (13 & UNDER)
  • ADAM LAMBERT (TEAM RIDER)
  • ERIK EDWARDS (SHOP EMPLOYEE)