2018 RC18 Video Contest

The 6th Annual Rincon Classic Video Contest Online Voting is ON, CLICK HERE TO VOTE! Winners in all divisions will be announced the Sunday of the Rincon Classic. Sponsored by Channel Islands Read More »



Jump on the School Bus! Avoid the parking hassles and Jump On The School Bus for a free ride to and from the 2018 Channel Islands Surfboards Rincon Classic. Shuttles will be Read More »


SIMA Classic Sunday Awards Ceremony

SIMA Classic Sunday Awards Ceremony When: Sunday Evening following the Rincon Classic 6:30-9:30 pm Where: Padaro Beach Grill Contestants get free entry. $10 entry for the public. Catered by Duo, beverages by Rincon Read More »


Rincon Brewery Pro

2018 Rincon Brewery Pro The 2018 Rincon Brewery (RB) Pro features the areas top professional surfers competing against up and comers for cash, prizes, and to see who will be the pro Read More »


2018 Photographer Profile : Seth de Roulet

2018 Photographer Profile : Seth de Roulet Seth de Roulet is a long time Santa Barbarian originally from the great state of New York. He is a world traveler and adventure enthusiast Read More »


King of the Queen

King Of The Queen : Battle Of The Surf Shops Team Event Support your local surf shop and witness the areas top surfers battling it out for the title of who is Read More »


2018 Carver Surfskate Demo

Carver Skateboards @ the 2018 Channel Islands Surfboards Rincon Classic Carver surfskate Demos all weekend long! Get your side walk surfing on and try out the Carver Drive Waves. Carver Skateboards is Read More »


Company Profile: Channel Islands Surfboards

Channel Islands Surfboards Company Profile: Since 1969, Channel Islands Surfboards has been dedicated to performance and quality through hard work, innovation, and originality. Read More »


2018 JWAA Award : Dave Letinsky

2018 Jeff White Aloha Award Recipient:  David “Dave” Letinsky Dave Letinsky is a pillar of the local surfing community. He has been a mentor to young surfers in the area for over Read More »


RC18 Kickoff Party

Join us for the RC18 Kickoff Party at Rincon Brewery! We will have live music by AfishnseA The Moon & Conner Coffin, food and drinks and a raffle.   Read More »

2018 Rincon Classic


RC 18 moving to next waiting weekend March 3 & 4 or beyond. Long range Swell models look more favorable.  We make the call each week on Wednesdays at noon.

Report as of Tuesday Feb. 20th:
Kevin Wallis Surfline Lead Forecaster

We’ll see another small weekend of surf over the 24th-25th, although a little bump of long period NW swell will set up waves at least a little bigger than the past couple weekends. A distant storm in the West Pacific a few days ago has set up a steep angled NW swell (290-300) that will build in through the day on Friday, likely peak late Friday into Saturday and then ease on Sunday. At this point we don’t expect much more than lully waist high sets from this swell over the weekend.

Going further out, the weekend of the 3rd-4th looks quite small at this point, although some rideable NW windswell is possible on Saturday. We continue to see signs on the long range charts that we may see at least a slightly more active pattern as we move a few days into March.

Stay tuned for the next report and pray for surf!



Competitors Info

Dear 2018 Channel Islands Surfboards Rincon Classic competitor. Please review the heat draw and alternate list for your division. All entries were prioritized by the long standing “Ripple Effect” rule as well as by the date received, and as a primary, or secondary division. In the case that you are listed as an alternate you may still be seeded into the main event either in advance if a contestant pulls out of the event, or on the beach if there are no shows. If you are seeded into the main event prior to the weekend that the event runs we will email you a notification.

All alternates must check in with the Shore Sherriff 30 minutes prior to your division starting. If you do not check in, you will lose your alternate priority.

Each year the Rincon Classic has an 8 week waiting period. The RC18 window is January 20th – March 3rd. If you are not able to attend within the period then you must notify the contest director at  chris@surfhappens.com at least 7 days prior to the event weekend.  Make sure to identify if you would like to remain in the contest should the event run on a future weekend or receive a refund. If you should require a refund for any other reason please email.



We will update any changes on the website by the Wednesday prior to the event being held and send a notification to all contestants as well as post the schedule online. Note, only the order of events may be subject to change.


Saturday : Preliminary Rounds

6:45-8:45  – 8 Mens Round One Heats
8:45-9:45  – 4 Masters Round One Heats
9:45-10:30  – 3 Boys Quarter Final Heats
10:30-11:30 – 4 Juniors Quarter Final Heats

11:30-12:30 – Lunch By Rincon Brewery 

11:30-12:30  – 4 Gremlins Quarter Final Heats
12:30-1:00  – 2 Longboard Semi Final Heats
1:00-1:30 – 2 Wahines Semi Final Heats
1:30-3:15 – 7 Grand Masters Heats
3:15-4:15 – 4 Legends Quarter Final Heats
4:15-4:45 – 2 Gremlins Semi Final Heats
4:45-5:15 – 2 Womens Semi Final Heats
5:15-5:30 – 1 Boys U14 Repechage Heat

Sunday : Secondary Rounds / Finals

6:45-7:45 – 4 Mens Quarter Final Heats
7:45-8:15 – 2 Masters Semi Final Heats
8:15-8:45 – 2 Juniors U17 Semi Final Heats
8:45-9:45 – 4 Grand Masters Quarter Final Heats
9:45-10:15 – 2 Legends Semi Final Heats
10:15-11:35  – 4 Rincon Brewery Pro 1/4 Final Heats
11:35-12:05  – 2 Grand Masters Semi Final Heats

12:00-1:00 – Lunch By Nutbelly

12:05-12:35 – 2 Mens Semi Final Heats
12:35-1:15 – Rincon Brewery Pro Semi Final Heats
1:15-1:35 – Expression Session


1:35-1:55 – Longboard Final
1:55-2:20 – Rincon Brewery Professional Final
2:20-2:40 – Womens Final
2:40-3:00 – Gremlins Final
3:00-3:20 – Masters Final
3:20-3:40 – Legends Final
3:40-4:00 – Wahines Final
4:00-4:20 – Grand Masters Final
4:20-4:40 – Boys Final
4:40-5:00 – Mens Final
5:00-5:20 – Juniors Final




2017 Rincon Classic Highlights


RC17 Results

Rincon Brewery Pro

1. Kilian Garland
2. Kellen Ellison
3. Adam Lambert
4. Nathaniel Curran<

King Of The Queen, Battle Of The Surf Shops

1. Channel Islands Surfboards: Evan Gambetta, Kilian Garland, Jak Ziets, Aaron Smith. Surf N Wear Beach House: Pete Mussio, Jeff Knell, Drake Epstein,  Nate Winkles
3. J7: Micky Clarke, Matt Maheri, Gavin Eason, Dennis Rizzo
4. A Frame: Erik Edwards, Adam Lambert, Roark Norton, Mike Bilgre

Scosche In Rhythm Award

Dimitri Poulos

Perfect 10 Award

The events youngest surfer (7 year old) Hawk Modisette who caught 10 waves in his first Rincon Classic.

U12 Gremlins

1. Pitus Higgins
2. Jak Ziets
3. Talan Vodraska
4. Hamilton Jacobs
5. Tanner Vodraska
6. Curtis Jacobs

U 14 Boys

1. Jabe Swierkocki
2. Dimitri Poulos
3. Trevor Barry
4. Shaymus O’hearne
5. Marley Sapp
6. Liam Osborne

U17 Juniors

1. Dimitri Poulos
2. Josiah Amico
3. Matty Pierce
4. Jabe Swierkocki
5. Adam Hogue
6. Jeff Knell


1. Colin Schildhauer

2. Dylan Perkins

3. Robert Curtis

4. Frank Curren

5. Jeff Knell
6. Harrison Adler


1. Javi Moreno
2. Nate Winkles -BH
3. Sean O’toole
4. Aaron Smith -CI
5. Tony Degroot
6. Mike Cianciulli

Grand Masters

1. Greg Venable
2. Tom Dillon
3. Andrew Jakubowski
4. Tony De Groot
5. Chris Willingham
6. Eric Laurabee


1. Adam Brown
2. Mike Lamm
3. Ted Booth
4. Steve Hanson
5. Craig Kozlowski
6. Bill Urbany

U17 Wahines

1. Emma Higgens
2. Makena Burke
3. Ashley Trevino
4. Sophie Simon
5. Maddie Malmsten
6. Angel Singh


1. Catherine Clark
2. Sierra Partridge
3. Alana Moore
4. Lucy Oliveira
5. Glennie Rodgers
6. Cassidy Urbany


1. Cole Robbins
2. Vince Felix
3. Evan Trauntvein
4. JP Garcia
5. Oliver Parker
6. Mark Carnaghe

2017, The Return Of The Queen


Sparks were flying at the 2017 Channel Islands Surfboards Rincon Classic presented by Hurley as the top surfers in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties went head to head in great conditions at the fabled cobblestone point break. Rincon, The Queen Of The Coast, came back to form just in time for the event. With rain falling and poor wind conditions the day before and the day after the event, the 2017 Rincon Classic, and the season in general, will be remembered for the performances laid down, the direction and consistency of the swell, and how much rain graced our coastline, helping to ease the fires of drought.

Official surf forecasters at Surfline nailed the projections for surf and weather with the swell arriving fashionably late peaking mid day on Saturday February 4 with 4-7 foot uber glassy conditions. With a 12 second interval and the direction being straight west created a ton of waves 2017 probably having the highest wave count in the storied 34 year history. It was week four of eight in the waiting period and super bowl weekend but with predictions of the atmospheric river starting back up in the next few weeks, along with a high pressure ridge pushing swells north it was all systems go.

Kilian Garland dominated the Rincon Brewery Pro division against a stacked field of local talent that featured Dane Reynolds, Kellen Ellison, Adam Lambert, Nathaniel Curran, Mike McCabe, among others. Garland took his 6 th pro title which doubles his closest rival.

In the Womens division Catherine Clark showcased powerful rail work and smooth precise style to take the win over an in form Sierra Partridge. Clark last won the event in 2008 making the victory that much sweeter.

The U 17 Junior Men’s winner Dimitri Poulos put forth the best performance of the event with his lightning fast, ultra powerful brand of rail surfing that combines with spontaneity and flair. Pro winner Kilian Garland had held the highest point total of the contest until the very last wave of the last final of the event. Poulos netted a 9.17 on his opening wave with a few solid back ups in his score line keeping him in first. With 2 minutes remaining he caught a set wave and linked together a searing series of turns that netted him a 9.37, the win, and a combined point total of 18.54 out of a possible 20 that saw him overtake Garland for the Scosche In Rhythm award for the highest point total of the event and a cool $500.

Colin Schildhauer from Goleta clinched his maiden Rincon Classic title in the coveted Open Men’s division after nearly a decade of top 3 finishes. His surfing has always been filled with fireworks but this year he saved the best for last and lit the final up with big hacks powerful fin drifts.

Boys winner Jabe Swierkocki surfs so silky he has earned the nickname, Mr. Buttersmooth and comboed his way to a 15.60 combined point total over Dimitri Poulos. Jabe never rushes his turns and with strong rail work, spontaneous airs, an impeccable wave choice he dominated the field.

The U12 Gremlins final was a dogfight between an in form Pitus Higgins and the second youngest competitor in the event Jak Ziets. Pitus linked together tight arcs and pulled off a solid no grab air on the inside on his second to last wave netting an 8.67 to take the win.

U17 Wahines winner Emma Higgins started off her campaign slow then turned the lights on at the halfway mark finding two solid set waves that she went to town on with big hits and combinations that had the boys taking notes. Masters Champion was Javi Moreno “The Spanish Gringo” who always puts forth an amazing performance. He laid down heavy footed frontside carves combined with his signature tail blows to dominate the final and take his first Rincon Classic title.

Grand Masters Champion Greg Venable took his second consecutive division win in convincing fashion showcasing power, precision, and control on the best waves. Legends winner Adam Brown had not been at the top of the podium since 2009 and was a man on a mission belting the lip and wrapping it back like a youngster. Rounding out the regular divisions was Longboard champion Cole Robbins who spent more time on the nose than a rhino plastique surgeon enroute to victory.

In the King Of The Queen, Battle Of The Surf Shops, Channel Islands Surfboards took the top honors by one point over Surf N Wear Beach House. The perfect 10 award went to the youngest competitor in the event seven year old Hawk Modisette who caught ten waves in his U 12 debut and produced some big turns.

Special thanks to all of the event sponsors, staff, and the local community for their support helping to make 2017 one for the record books.

Aaron Smith helped to lead team CI to victory in the King Of The Queen, Battle Of The Surf Shops. His power and flair make him a favorite to win every year

Aaron Smith likes lobsters

Adam Brown carved his way to first place in the Legends final with big slashes like this

Adam Hogue “Chimpy” May have finished 5th place in the Juniors, but he belted some of the biggest turns of the heat

Adam Lambert always seems to make the RB pro finals. Shown here with some hand jive

Alanna Moore is the heir apparent as the princess of the Queen. It is in her DNA. She placed 3rd in the womens division catching the most memorable ride of the final sharing a set wave with 3 dolphins

At 70 years young Andy Neumann is the ultimate role model. Consumate sportsman, amazing surfer and athlete, family man, and all around legend

Catherine Clark was in form and a lady on a mission. She sliced and diced her way to her first victory since 2008 and her second Rincon Classic title overall

Catherine Clark was stoked to win her first Rincon Classic title since 2008

CI Team Manager Nathaniel Curran showing everyone how it’s done. He finished 4th in the RB pro

Cole Robbins spends more tim on the nose than a Rhino Plastique surgeon. He casually hung ten from the indicator through the rivermouth dominating the field enroute to his first win in a few years

Dane Reynolds lost out in the semi final but not before showcasing his powerful, spontaneous turns on some unsuspecting lips

Day two of action featured uber consistent overhead waves especially on the U12 Gremlins. Shown here Hamilton aka Hammy Jacobs squaring it off the bottom

Dimitri Poulos does not surf like a 14 year old. He laid down arguably the biggest “man turns” in the event both on rail and while blowing the tail. On the last wave in the last heat of the event he went berserk blasting out a 9.37 to match his 9.17

Dimitri showcasing next level rail work

Dimitri smashed the competition taking out top honors in the juniors, runner up in boys, and netting the Scosche In Rythm Award for the highest point total of the event 18.54 total

Emma Higgins put together a combination of power and flair with excellent wave selection to take her first U17 girls title, joining her younger brother Pitus on the top of the podium

Fish eye perspective

Greg Venable made it two in a row in the Grand Masters division showcasing his trademark power, precision, and rail work

Jabe Swierkocki surfs so smooth he has netted the nickname Mr. Buttersmooth. Nothing is rushed, and everything is on point. He is also solid in the air. He dominated the boys division for the second straight year for his 3rd Rincon Classic title

Jak Ziets, kissing the dolphin for good luck before his final started

Javi “The Spanish Gringo” Moreno power arced his way to his first Masters title. He likes to add a little spice to his slices

John Pyzel flew in from Hawaii and got in the event on his past champions wildcard spot ( he was raised in the area) Fresh of the jet and straight into some screamers at the Queen

Josiah Amico finished runner up in the Juniors division with uber smooth power turns, punctuation, and placement

Kilgar laying down his signature cutty

Kilian Garland the 2017 Rincon Brewery Pro Champion

Lambert displacing water

Lambo airlines. That guy can be a slob

Masters winner Javi Moreno, Mens winner Colin Schildhaer, Legends winner Adam Brown

Matty Pierce aka Mr. Smiles

Matty Pierce with speed to burn

Pitus Higgins took to the air and landed in first place in the u12 Gremlins final by .5 over an in form Jak Ziets. Pitus was pushing the envelope and is a stand out in every session

Rincon Brewery Pro runner up Kellen Ellison displacing water and taking home some green

Sabin Perkins is a local fire fighting legend he fell .01 shy of being in the Legends final but was all smiles

Sage Ericson won the Womens division back in 2004 in the biggest most storied conditions in the 24 year history of the event when she was just a grommet. She was stoked to throw on the jersey and lay down some big carves in the Expression Session

The future is bright. Youth division winners left to right U 14 Jabe Swierkocki, U17 Dimitri Poulos, U17 girls Emma Higgins, U12 Boys Pitus Higgins

The Mens finalists left to right Harrison Adler, Frank Curren, Dylan Perkins, Robert Curtis, Jeff Knell, and event winner Colin Schildhauer

The second youngest competitor, Jak Ziets finished a close runner up in the U12 division helping to cement his reputation as the best U10 surfer in the state. His runner up ranking and high heat totals helped team CI when the KOQ

U 12 finalists from left to right Pitus Higgins, Hamilton Jacobs, Tanner Vodraska, Jak Ziets, Talan Vodraska, Curtis Jacobs

Vince Felix finished runner up in the Longboard division representing Team Nissan on the beach, in the water, and at the awards

Vinnie Leonelli smooth and sparky

When the rain stopped people still needed umbrellas from all the spray being chucked into the sky. Jabe Swierkocki just another sprinkler