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Moving to the next weekend in the waiting period, JAN 21/22.  STAY TUNED!


2017 Rincon Classic


Excitement is in the air as we approach the first waiting weekend for the 2017 Channel Islands Surfboards Rincon Classic presented by Hurley. It has been a cold and fairly flat December into January but it is just a matter of time before everything falls into place for a Classic weekend. We will make the call as to whether we will run on the first waiting weekend on Tuesday January 10 at 5pm. All entries were processed and prioritized by proximity to Rincon and date of entry.

Please review the heat draw for your division(s) carefully. If you are not in a heat, but are on the alternate list, there is still a chance you may get into the event depending upon when we run. Alternates just check in 30 minutes prior to their division starting. Alternates will be taken based upon who is on location on the day of the event. Please note that the heat draw and schedule of events may shift based on swell conditions. If a contestant pulls out of the event in advance the first alternate will take that spot.

Note: All contestants must check in with the Shore Sheriff prior to the five minute warning before their heats starts, or will be replaced by an alternate.

Please direct any questions that you may have to info@surfhappens.com. Thanks!


UPDATED: Tuesday Jan 10th


BRIEF SUMMARY : Between swells. Small surf, although nice conditions.
SATURDAY : Old, shorter period WNW swell continues to slowly ease out. Minimal surf around waist high or less, mostly less. Light+ offshore wind in the first half of morning, becoming light to moderate from the SW going into the afternoon.
SUNDAY : New, long period WNW swell slowly fills in through the day. Inconsistent sets around knee-waist high in the morning, picking up a notch into the afternoon with occasional chest high sets. Light offshore wind in the first half of morning, becoming light to moderate from the SW in the afternoon.


SWELL/SURF SUMMARY : Watching for a possible solid WNW swell. At this point, long range models have been in pretty good agreement lately that a large/strong complex storm system will slowly track across the North Pacific and into the Gulf of Alaska (starting this weekend and through all next week). Due to the shear size, strength, and track of this storm (if it performs as projected), a very solid and consistent West-WNW swell (wide angle range from 270-310° and comprised mainly of mid period energy) will build in over Thurs/Fri the 19th-20th. This swell would then top out and hold fairly steady through the weekend with overhead to well overhead sets at Rincon (possibly reaching double overhead+), before gradually backing down the following week. Again, this storm/swell event is still pending development and there is still plenty of time for things to change. We’ll need to continue monitoring the progress of this event and how it evolves over the next week or so – Stay posted for updates.

WIND/WEATHER SUMMARY : Conditions are very much a wildcard at this point. Everything depends on the progress of the storm/front discussed above. If the front moves through before the weekend, then we’re looking at good offshore northerly wind conditions at Rincon and clearing skies. However, there’s a change the front may move in at the same time as the swell on the weekend, leading to unfavorable southerly winds and rain.

The storm pattern is looking very favorable in the NPAC for the second half of January. Super long range model guidance indicates that we may see another strong storm development the NE Pacific during the week of the 23rd, which may possibly deliver a good WNW swell for the weekend of the 28th-29th. We’ll see…

Jonathan Warren – Lead Surfline Forecaster


2017, The Return Of The Queen

Winter is a state of mind, a way of being. The wave hunter goes to sleep with thoughts of the days catch and memories shared with friends, and then wakes up the next day eager to find the best watering hole. The El Nino of 2015/2016 was predicted to be the “biggest and wettest of all time”. The only water falling from the sky seemed to be in the line ups as swell after glorious swell graced our coastline from October to March in a seemingly never ending blanket of courdoroy to the horizon. Many of the elders referred to the size and consistency as “the best damn winter since 1969”, but, with better conditions.

Wake, surf, work, surf, eat, sleep, repeat. Then as quickly as the sleeping child came, he was gone and the doldrums of summer were upon us. That is until the Fall came back around and it was almost as though it was El Nino take two. October and November 2016 featured a string of swells that were similar to when the swell window generally opens up in January and February. Days and weeks on end of good conditions and overhead surf pulsed into our swell window as though it would never end. Reports of La Nina seemed to be misguided until December when the weather got cold, swells shifted north, and the omega high pressure that had plagued the pacific for the five years prior came back.

I almost breathed a sigh of relief at the smallish surf and colder weather. Like months on end of pumping swells, flat spells don’t last forever but they bring time for reflection and getting things done. As the Classic grows closer I always get nervous if December is too consistent, too many waves with no flat spells or breaks in the action. That generally means that a flat spell is on the way which sometimes prompts the contest to be postponed deep into the waiting period.  With small surf predicted through the end of the month one begins to dream about the waves coming back and hugging the curves of the point, mind surfing in the imagination. What will the new year bring? I know what I am praying for. 2017, The Return Of The Queen.

For most of us the idea of being able to do anything we can dream up on a wave is simply a dream. Dane Reynolds is a heck of a lot closer to that being a reality than most humans, with the combination of aggression and progression that reminds me of the comic book heroes I idolized in my youth. Despite his uncanny abilities in the water the guy seems to have more fun than anyone and has stayed absolutely true to himself and the lines he wants to draw in and out of the line up.  How many of us have stared at images of the airs and tail blows he does and visualized somehow pulling the same thing off?

When Rick Sharp approached me to do a vintage poster for the 2017 event in March 2016 he originally created an image of the surfer way in the background with the beach scene being the forefront. A beautiful scene with a vintage 60’s or 70’s vibe. After telling him my vision of this being a vintage 2017 and a “Modern Classic” versus a throw back and to have Dane Reynolds as the subject he became inspired to a new level, talking about Dane’s surfing like he was a kid again. The rest is history and this years artwork captures a defining era of surfing.