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 Surfboards
& The Santa Barbara Independent


Submit a 2-4 minute surf video of Rincon by January 22nd  to win a Custom CI Surfboard, CASH and prizes! Videos will be judged on by Grammy Award Winning Surf Videographer Branden Aroyan and announced at the Rincon Classic main event. All entries will be posted on independent.com public voting to crown the audience choice award the Sunday of the Rincon Classic. 

Video Guidelines

We are looking for your personality to shine through video footage of surfing and lifestyle action all taking place at the infamous Rincon Beach. Winners in the past have included a variety of creative angles and compelling content mixed with music setting the mood.

  • Judged on : Originality, Story, Action, & True to Rincon
  • Voted on : Publics favorite!
  • 4 minutes in length max
  • 805 local to enter
  • Filmed and/or edited by the person submitting the video(can be a multiple person project)
  • PG13 and under
  • May use multiple locations but emphasis must be on Rincon Point

How to submit video

Upload videos by January 22nd and fill out necessary information in the form below. We will send you a confirmation e-mail within 24hours that your video was accepted. Once accepted you will be provided instructions on how to send in our raw file.

Video Premier : Canceled for 2018

Due to the recent mudslides in our area, we regretfully have to cancel the premier night at Channel Islands Surfboards. Instead this years video contest will take place online, with winners being announced the weekend of the Rincon Classic.


Division Age 18+

1st place: $150 cash, Custom CI Surfboard
2nd place: $100 cash, prize bag
3rd place: $50, prize bag

Division 17 & Under

1st place: $100 cash, Custom CI Surfboard
2nd place: $50 cash and prize bag
3rd place: Prize bag

Division Audience Choice

1st place: $100 cash and prize bag

Video Upload

Your Name (required)

Your Age (required)
 17 years of age or younger 18 years of age or older

Your Email (required)

Youtube video URL



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 running from 10:30-6pm daily from Mark Avenue and the CI factory with drop offs located in between the County, and State parking lots. Pick ups will be offered at the same location. Please remember that the State Parks and Highway Patrol are our partners on this event and they will be keeping the peace, and diligently ticketing and/or towing, any vehicles parked illegally in unmarked stalls, on the freeway on or offramps, on foliage or dirt under trees, or anywhere that is not a clearly marked legal parking area. For your convenience we have partnered with Jump On The School Bus to provide a free shuttle to the public for the last five years. Enjoy the Classic and remove the stress. Jump On The School Bus!

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 Brewery.

Join us for the SIMA Classic Sunday awards ceremony the Sunday following the event for a night to remember. Classic Sunday celebrates the spirit of Aloha in our community honoring all event finalists, the 2018 Jeff White Aloha Award recipient David Letinsky, and feature a raffle and silent auction raising funds for Mike Organista to help him rebuild after losing his home in the Thomas Fire.

Enjoy live music by AfishnseA The Moon, catered food by Duo Catering, and beverages from Rincon Brewery and feast upon the eye watering imagery from the weekends action of images and video. All contestants receive free entry into the event. Friends, family, and the general public $10 per person which includes dinner, drinks, and a raffle ticket.

The raffle and Auction are benefitting the Organista family who lost their home in Thomas Fire.

Program Schedule & Highlights

AfishnseA The Moon – 6:30-7:00
Dinner by Duo beverages by Rincon Brewery – 6:30-7:30
Slideshow & Video Highlights: – 6:30-7:00
Silent Auction & Raffle – 6:30-8:30
Introduction – 7:00-7:10
2018 JWAA Inductee David Letinsky – 7:10-7:20
Video Contest Winners & Awards – 7:20-7:30
2014 Rincon Classic Awards Ceremony – 7:30-8:30
Grand Prize Raffle Prize Give Away – 8:30
Closing Music – 8:30-9:15


Help Support The Organista Family in their quest to rebuild after losing their home in the Thomas Fire while being uninsured.

Help Support The Organista Family in their quest to rebuild after losing their home in the Thomas Fire while being uninsured.

Mike Organista was born and raised in Carpinteria, California. From his early youth he has enjoyed the surfing lifestyle, and found his rhythm in the ocean and playing music. He has been the lead singer and songwriter for local band, “The Upbeat” for the last 33 years. A father of four, with one on the way, he is a devoted family man, and loves his community.

In the late 1990’s Mike bought a ranch on Rincon Mountain achieving his goal of owning in his hometown. He built his home with his two hands and has been living on the mountain full time for the last four years completely sustainable and off the grid with electricity from solar panels.

In December 2017 the Thomas Fire destroyed his family home on Rincon Mountain. Unfortunately, his home and the belongings that were left behind were not insured. Our goal through the 2018 Channel Islands Surfboards raffle, and auction is to help raise funds to support the Organista family and provide some relief during their struggle.


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 champ.

For the fourth consecutive year Rincon Brewery has jumped in to support the Professional Division of the Rincon Classic and is helping to take it to new heights. The 2018 Rincon Brewery (RB) Pro features the area’s top professional surfers competing against up-and-comers for cash, prizes, and to see who will be the pro champ for 2018. The Rincon Classic professional division was founded in 2002 to showcase the level of professional and top amateur talent within our local community. In order to participate in the division surfers must ber, or have been a paid professional, or an entry may receive a wild card into the event if they have won the Rincon Classic Mens division. The four person, 20-minute heats allow surfers to showcase their skills at California’s premier point break and often times feature matchups that you will not find anywhere else.

Past champions include Josh Bradbury (2002), Pete Mussio (2003, 2005), 5-time pro champion Kilian Garland (2004, ‘06, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10), Mike McCabe (2011), Dane Reynolds (2012), Conner Coffin (2013, 2015, 2016), and Kellen Ellison (2014). Standouts and legends who have competed include 3-time world champion Tom Curren, Joe Curren, former WCT pro Bobby Martinez, Chris Brown, and a host of other locals.







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 who loves nothing more than to watch the sunrise from the cold clutches of the Pacific Ocean. Seth fell in love with photography as a young child and has pursued it as a career with surfing as his main focus.

He was trained at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara under the guidance of early surf photographer Bill Robbins. He currently works with top level surfers to bring the best quality surf photography to audiences around the globe. Seth de Roulet, lover of all things family, can’t wait to share his knowledge and passions for photography and surfing with his son, Oliver and daughter, Scarlett.


1. What lead you to becoming a surf photographer?

I have had a camera in my hand as long as I can remember. I started getting really into skateboard photography in the early to mid 90’s which led me to study photography at Brooks Institute. During my studies at Brooks I bought my first water housing and once I discovered what a bending wave could do to light I was hooked.

2. Favorite subjects and waves to shoot? My favorite person to shoot with is Bobby Martinez. He has a different approach than anyone I have ever worked with which is so refreshing. He surfs for himself and I find it really translates into the images.

4. Four words to describe Seth De Roulet.  Family, Familia, Kazoku, Ohana

5. What is new with Seth De Roulet?

I just got home from four months on the road with my wife and our two kids (one and five). We started in New York and then Bermuda, France, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland. We did the whole European leg in a camper van for 50 days. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. We had perfect weather and endless swells. I am constantly on the road where my only family time is through FaceTime, so to have them along for the ride and family flat days made for a perfect 10.

6. How would you describe your relationship with Rincon? I love the Con. When I get home from a trip I love paddling out and seeing the usual faces. It’s like a second family.

7. What inspires you? I find inspiration everywhere. From watching my baby learn how to climb up onto the couch to watching a storm roll in. My camera captures my inspirations 1/100 of a second at a time.

8. Any journey’s planned in the near future? I am going to base myself at home for the next few months. If the right storm pops onto the charts for a quick strike mission then the bags are ready but I love winter at home.

9. What would you tell the next generation of area youth that dream of following in your footsteps and becoming a surf photographer? If photography is truly something you love then take the time to learn about light. Every great image starts with one thing and thats great light. From there the world is your oyster.














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 the King Shop of the Queen

The King of The Queen is a team specialty division featuring six teams from local surf shops. Teams are made up of four surfers per team, one shop employee (all ages), one team rider (all ages), one master (over 30), and one grom (13 and under).

Teams will compete against one another with points accruing throughout the contest based upon team rider heat placings and advancements within their respective divisions of the main event. For example, grom riders versus team riders points will be tabulated through heat placings in their division throughout the course of the contest. Points are earned through rider heat placings (1-6) and added to each surfers’ top wave score each round and continue to accrue as long as the surfer is still in the event. This format helps to push progression. For example, if a surfer placed 3rd in a heat but had a perfect 10, they would receive 4 points for their team for heat placing plus 10 points for top wave, 14 total points.  Tallies will be announced throughout the contest with the winning team honored at the SIMA Classic Sunday awards ceremony. The winning team will receive a FREE full page advertisement in DEEP magazine valued at $2,000.

2018 Invitees :

A-Frame Surf Shop
Channel Islands Surfboards
J7 Surfboards
Rincon Designs
Surf ‘n’ Wear Beach House
Ventura Surf Shop
Trim Board Shop

Team members :

1 Shop Employee (All Ages)
1 Team Rider (Pro or Amateur – All Ages)
1 Master (over 30),
1 Grom (13 & under)


2016 Winners


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 a pioneering and authentic lifestyle brand founded in 1996 by surfers who longed for a surf experience on land. Today, Carver proudly sells its products in 50+ countries and leads and inspires its surfskate community as a premium gear maker and innovator. At the CI Surfboards Rincon Classic, Carver Skateboards will provide a brand activation, open to the general public – any and all are welcome with open arms, in conjunction with Channel Islands Surfboards, event producers Surf Happens, and other sponsors. Carver will have brand representatives including Certified Trucksmiths on site.

The Carver Skateboards activation at the 2018 Channel Islands Surfboards Rincon Classic:

  • A family friendly weekend of fun to experience the surf/skate lifestyle at Carpinteria’s iconic Rincon Point in the Carver style – which is about stoke and fun, inclusion and accessibility, and community vibes.
  • Surfskate Demo featuring Proteus surfskate (and many others!) in the parking lot, on flat ground as well as with our user-friendly DriveWaves, which is a mini version of our Carver Wave Bank, set up in a ‘wave’ formation, or multiple formations as they are modular. Enter our contest on the Drive Waves! More information TBD!
  • Certified Trucksmiths on site, for the public to bring their personal boards for our Trucksmiths to tune-up and help teach maintenance, as well as educate on components and different setups.



Company Profile: Channel Islands Surfboards


Channel Islands Surfboards Company Profile:

ci-team-hawaii-512x279Since 1969, Channel Islands Surfboards has been dedicated to performance and quality through hard work, innovation, and originality.

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 30 years, spreading stoke and wisdom, while acting as a mentor, coach, and teacher. “Uncle Dave”, as he has affectionately been called by the likes of Conner and Parker Coffin amongst others, has a way about him that just makes you feel like family, along with a keen eye for recognizing and developing talent.

Unbiased, patient, and genuinely stoked, this moustache clad legend embodies the Hawaiian adage of Aloha. His positive energy and enthusiasm seems to only brighten with each passing year as he continues to share his experience and passion with generations of kids.

He spends his weekends travelling up and down the coast supporting his athletes at amateur surfing events, and when not teaching home school, or working with at risk kids and youth with special needs, he may be found at Rincon, or other local watering holes, taking photos or video of his starred pupils and friends within the community. Father to son’s Dustin and Jack Letinsky, two amazing surfers in their own right, Dave is first and foremost a dad and family man.





RC17 Heat Draw and Schedule of Events



It’s ON this weekend! FEB 4/5

Schedule Of Events

Breakfast Burritos For All Contestants by Rincon Brewery

Saturday Preliminary Rounds

6:45-8:45 – 8 Mens Round One Heats
8:45-10:00 – 5 Masters Round One Heats
10:00-11:00 – 4 Legends Quarter Final Heats
11:00-12:30 – 6 Grand Masters Heats

11:45-1:00 – Lunch By Rincon Brewery

12:30-1:50 – 4 Rincon Brewery Pro 1/4 Final Heats
1:50-2:35 – 3 Masters Quarter Finals
2:35-3:15 – 2 Rincon Brewery Pro Semi Final Heats
3:15-4:15 – 4 Mens Quarter Final Heats
4:15-5:00 – 3 Grand Masters Quarter Final Heats
5:00-5:30 – Rincon Brewery Pro Final

Sunday Secondary Rounds

6:45-7:15 – 2 Longboard Semi Final Heats
7:15-8:15 – 4 Juniors Quarter Final Heats
8:15-9:15 – 4 Boys Quarter Final Heats
9:15-10:00 – 3 Wahines Quarter Finals
10:00-10:45 – 3 Gremlins Quarter Final Heats
10:45-11:15 – 2 Mens Semi Final Heats
11:15-11:45 – 2 Legends Semi Final Heats
11:45-12:00 – 1 Masters Repechage
12:00-12:15 – 1 Grand Masters Repechage

11:45-1:00 – Lunch by Nutbelly 

12:15-12:45 – 2 Juniors Semi Final Heats
12:45-1:15 – 2 Boys Semi Final Heats
1:15-1:30 – 1 Wahines Repechage
1:30-1:45 – 1 Gremlins Repechage
1:45-2:05 – Expression Session

Finals: All finals 20 minutes long

2:05-2:25 – Longboard Final
2:25-2:45 – 1 Womens Final
2:45-3:05 – 1 Gremlins Final
3:05-3:25 – 1 Masters Final
3:25-3:45 – 1 Legends Final
3:45-4:05 – 1 Wahines Final
4:05-4:25 – 1 Grand Masters Final
4:25-4:45 – 1 Boys Final
4:45-5:05 – 1 Mens Final
5:05-5:25 – 1 Juniors Final

SIMA Classic Sunday Awards Ceremony
Lion’s Club, Carpinteria