Conner Coffin

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RC15 Day 2 Highlights
RC15 Day 1 Longboards
RC15 Tom
RC15 Kilgar

 

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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

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)

 

RC15 Heat on Demand

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2015 Rincon Classic Heats on Demand

2015 Rincon Classic Day 3
2015 Rincon Classic Pro Highlights
2015 Rincon Classic Pro Final
2015 Rincon Classic Mens Final
2015 Rincon Classic Womens Final
2015 Rincon Classic Masters Final
2015 Rincon Classic Longboard Final
2015 Rincon Classic Legends Final
2015 Rincon Classic Juniors Final
2015 Rincon Classic Gremlins Final
2015 Rincon Classic Grand Masters Final
2015 Rincon Classic Boys Final
2015 Rincon Classic Wahines Final

RC15 Schedule of Events, Heat Draw & Contest Details

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RC15 Schedule of Events (scroll down),
Heat Draw & Contest Details

Welcome to the 2015 Channel Islands Surfboards Rincon Classic presented by Hurley. it is with great honor that the team at Surf Happens is producing the Classic for the 15th consecutive year. We are grateful for the support of our generous sponsors, the community, and the governing bodies of the California State Parks, SB County Parks, the Rincon Home Owners, and all of the hard working staff for helping to make this event possible.

Through their support we have been able to expand to a 3rd day opening up additional heats in the Gremlins, Wahines, Womens, Masters, Grand Masters, & Legends Divisions. Please review some of the new things happening in 2015 below. We will be emailing out all updates, the official call, and the event program by DEEP magazine on Wednesday at 5pm.

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Important: Please Read

New To The Classic:

* Extra half day of competition:

The Rincon Homeowners and State Parks have given us an extra half day to accomodate additional entry’s. The First round of the Mens Open, Masters, and Grand Masters divisions will be run the Friday of the event from 12-5pm.

* Shuttle Service: 8:00 am-530pm Saturday and Sunday: 

Get On The School Bus is providing a shuttle service from the Channel Islands Surfboards off site parking area for both Saturday and Sundaythe weekend the event is held. The service will run daily from 8am-5:30pm and is open for contestants and spectators. Parking is available on the street as well off of Mark avenue but the bus will meet at the CI headquarters. There will be limited parking available in both the State and County lots. If the lots are full we suggest heading straight to the off site parking and to take the shuttle.

* Kine grinds

Rincon Brewery RB will be selling breakfast, lunch, beverages and snacks. Get stuffed on the kine grinds.

Event Entry, Schedule Of Events & Heat Times

Review the schedule of events and division and heat times. All registrations received during the entry period were seeded based upon the ripple effect and physical address in proximity to Rincon with first priority going to Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Ventura, & Goleta residents and then outward into the 805 if space allows. Registrations received from the same area are prioritized by date of entry. All contestants must check in with the Shore Sheriff by the 7 minute mark of the heat prior to theirs or will be replaced by an alternate. Further, in order to qualify for a refund, all contestants must emailinfo@surfhappens.com by the Monday prior to each waiting weekend if they are unable to attend. Refunds will be issued the Wednesday following the event.

If you do not see your name in a heat, please review a second time and then look at the alternate list for your division. If you still do not see your name please email chris@surfhappens.com.
All alternates are listed along with those that were confirmed in the main event and will be taken consecutively as spaces open up on the day of the contest, or in advance if seeded surfers are not able to attend the event on the weekend it is held. We will email alternates if any changes occur.

Alternates must check in with the Shore Sheriff 20 minutes prior to the start of their division and will be on stand by for no shows in heats. All alternates that do not get into the event will be issued refunds by the Wednesday following the event.

Stay tuned for the call on the status of the event: Call being made at 5pm Wednesday January 7th and will be posted on rinconclassic.com and emailed out to all contestants.

At this time we are leaning towards moving to the following weekend based upon current projections, however we will keep our ears closely pealed to our sources in case of any upgrades or changes to the current forecast.

The swell synopsis from Surfline and our local source, John Lindsay at Diablo Canyon / PG & E concur on the forecast for the first waiting weekend as being small to moderate Friday January 9th and Saturday January 10th and dropping Sunday January 11. The swells in question are coming from approximately 285-300+ from the north, northwest, building Friday and peaking by Saturday morning with top sets in the chest to at times head high at best tides then dropping Sunday to waist to at times chest high. On the long range there are several significant systems and accompanying swells that look promising. Stay tuned!

Schedule of Events

Friday January 23 :

12:00 – 12:45 :  3 heats Longboard Quarters.
12:45 – 1:15 :   2 heats Wahines Semis.
1:15 – 2:15 :  4 heats Gremlins Quarters.
2:15 – 2:30 :  1 heat Longboard Repocharge.
2:30 – 3:00 :  2 heats Gremlins Semis.
3:00 – 5:00 :  8 heats Mens Round One.

SATURDAY January 24 :

7:00 – 8:30 :  6 heats Masters Round One.
8:30 – 10:00 : 6 heats Grand Masters Round One.
10:00 – 11:00 :  4 heats Mens Quarters.
11:00 – 12:00 :  4 heats Boys Quarters.
12:00 – 1:00 :   4 heats Juniors Quarters.
1:00 – 3:00 :  6 heats Pro Round One
3:00 – 3:45 :  3 heats Legends Quarters.
3:45 – 4:30 :  3 heats Masters Quarters.
4:30 – 5:15 : 3 heats Grand Masters Quarters.

SUNDAY January 25:

7:00 – 7:30:  2 heats Mens Semis.
7:30-745: 1 Legends Repo.
7:45 – 8:00:  1 heat Masters Repo.
8:00 – 8:30:  2 heats Juniors Semis.
8:30 – 8:45:  1 heat Grand Masters Repo.
8:45 – 9:15:  2 heats Boys Semis.
9:15 – 9:45:  2 heats Womens Semis.
9:45 – 10:45: 4 heats King of the Queen.
10:45 – 11:45:  3 heats Pro Quarters.

11:45 – 12:05:  Expression Session.
12:05 – 12:35:  King of the Queen Final.

12:35 – 12:55:  Wahine Final.
12:55 – 1:15:   Gremlins Final.
1:15 – 1:35:  Longboard Final.
1:35- 2:15: Pro Semi Finals
2:15 – 2:35:  Boys Final.
2:35 – 2:55:  Legends Final.
2:55 – 3:15:  Womens Final.
3:15 – 3:35:  Grand Masters Final.
3:35 – 3:55:  Juniors Final.
3:55 – 4:15:  Masters Final.
4:15 – 4:35:  Mens Final.
4:35 – 5:10:  Pro Final.

SIMA Classic Sunday Awards Ceremony

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum 6:30-9:30pm

Direction and parking

Directions :

Get on the 101 and exit at Bates Rd. (exit 83), turn west.

This year we are adding overflow parking at the Channel Islands Surfboards factory, 1160 Mark Road in Carpenteria (see map below).

We will have a shuttle running all day Saturday and Sunday so park and hang tight, we will pick you up soon.

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Rennie Yater

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Rincon by Design : A Yater Perspective

Words + Photos by David Pu’u

Quite awhile ago, I had asked a geology professor of some note about Rincon, and he told me that the point break had likely existed in it’s current configuration, more or less, for a couple thousand years.

That reference perspective is what is known as a geologic time frame.

I got to speak with surf industry pioneer Reynolds (Rennie) Yater recently at his shaping room in Santa Barbara. Having been one of the fathers of the surf industry, and one of the original surfers to carry the sport up the California coastline, Rennie’s view is a rare commodity, in that it is a first person narrative account.

Being a very detail oriented person by nature and trade, it has been my experience having known and worked with Rennie in the surfboard business that he remembers things, details large and small, that paint an accurate and interesting canvas regarding the development of surfing and the surfboard, which spans a time frame from the 1940’s to date.

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I asked Rennie a series of pointed questions and we took a little 65 year look at Rincon from his perspective. He recounted that it was Bob Simmons who first brought word back to Orange and San Diego counties about Rincon. He said that Simmons was prone to studying geodetic maps of the coast in search of new waves, a process that many of us use in global surf exploration (prior to Google Earth).

The year was approximately 1950, and Rennie had been working for Hobie building wood boards, which at the time were generally in the 10-foot length and weighing more than 40 pounds, when he and Simmons took a trip up coast to Rincon.

The guys down south—mentioning Dora and Cabell—would watch for a west swell with size and push to land in local waters, and then follow it up coast. That is how surfers “found Rincon” when Yater and Simmons tracked back upstream and happened upon an empty Rincon, which was estimated to be about six feet.

By Rennie’s account he did not paddle out that day, but Simmons did. It was a lot of work pushing 10 feet of redwood and balsa into Rincon, and in a few waves Simmons was done, and the young men headed back down to Orange County.

Soon after, Yater had made the switch over to Velzy’s shop, and gradually transitioned out of wood and into the newer materials of polyurethane foam and fiberglass and polyester resin, all materials that had developed out of World War II and were aimed at military and marine applications. The guys repurposed the material, and surfboards became lighter and more manageable as a result.

He moved up coast to the Santa Barbara area around 1959 and pursued commercial fishing and surfboard manufacturing. Rincon over time, became a testing ground for what would in hindsight be decades of surfboard development overseen by Yater and those who worked directly under or were influenced by his surfing, board building, ocean centric lifestyle and work.

We spoke about the wave at Rincon enabling Rennie to see what a board was doing rapidly and with accuracy, due to the long predictable and powerful (by Orange County standards) nature of the wave, that wraps around the long right hand point break.

Rennie described the generations of design he saw through the years. Surfboards do that—evolve according to design tenet changes related directly to how a wave is going to be surfed by a specific generation of surfer. The two moderate each other; board and surfer, all under the watchful eyes and skilled hands of the surfboard designer-builder.

These are the design generations that Yater has seen at Rincon:

  • Wood Surfboard (Redwood to balsa- redwood combo to balsa)
  • Polyurethane foam longboard
  • Transition board
  • Shortboard revolution
  • Modern longboard and mini longboard
  • Contemporary shortboard

To this day, Rennie is still building boards and his mastery and diversity that spanssuch a long time frame, are unparalleled, for the most part.

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I asked Rennie to tell me what some of his strongest memories were of Rincon, and of course the conversation morphed to that of weather and swell generators, and the historic swell year of 1969. He gave me a brief rundown of the swells at Rincon, as well as the conditions and manner in which he and others rode the place at arguably a size and quality that are exceptionally rare to find in the history of the sport.

Getting to spend time with Rennie is always a treat and something to be cherished. Not because he is this warm engaging guy—though I see him that way—but because he exemplifies close to 80 years of direct ocean experience, and will tell you exactly what he saw and how he came to those places, like Rincon.

In so many ways, board builders design the future for us as surfers, and Rennie has been at the helm via his planer, and design-building ability, which in my eyes, makes him possibly one of the premier first hand living narrative accounts of both Rincon the surfing industry and sport in the world today.

His Legacy is endemic in so many surfers and craftsmen, that it is literally impossible to count them all. I would imagine that the experiences of those people are literally what help paint the tapestry, which is modern surf culture today.

RC15 Raffle

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BUY TICKETS HERE

Win a dream trip to Nicaragua courtesy of Wave Hunters Surf Travel and Popoyo Surf Lodge.

The RC 15 raffle features over $20,000 in prizes including a week vacation to Popoyo Surf Lodge, Nicaragua for two (airfare not included), Custom CI Surboards, Hurley Wetsuits, Scosche Audio Gear, Freestyle Watches, Lanikai Ukulele’s, Arbor Skateboards, Indo Boards, Sex Wax and much more. All contestants receive two raffle tickets with their entry into the event.

Tickets may also be purchased online, at the contest site, and at SIMA Classic Sunday awards ceremony held the Sunday following the competition at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Raffle prizes will be drawn throughout the course of the weekend and may be picked up at the contest site or awards ceremony if not present. Grand prize and top prizes will all be picked at the awards ceremony. WINNERS DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO CLAIM TOP PRIZES. IF NOT PRESENT WINNERS WILL BE CALLED AND EMAILED AND GIVEN ONE WEEK TO CLAIM PRIZES OR ANOTHER TICKET WILL BE PULLED.

All funds raised go directly to the Surf Happens Foundation to support surf programs for young adult and youth cancer survivors within our community in conjunction with First Descents and the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation.

King of the Queen

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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

About the event:

2015 earmarks the first annual Rincon Classic King Of The Queen Battle Of The Surf Shops. The battle will feature 6 teams from area surf shops competing in a team format with four surfers per team, each surfer scoring points based upon heat placings.

Teams will compete against one another in elimination format in preliminary rounds with riders surfing against other riders from same division. The top two shops will compete against one another on finals day in a tag team format with two team members in the water at a time from each team.

Team members:

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

2015 Invitees

Channel Islands Surfboards
SurfnWear Beach House
J7 Surfboards
Rincon Designs
A-Frame Surf Shop
Ventura Surf Shop

Rincon Brewery Pro

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2015 Rincon Brewery Pro

The 2015 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 2015.

On any given day the line up at Rincon will be filled with professional surfers from around the world, but the local pros really have it wired and tend to find their way onto the very best waves. As the sets line up from the Indicator towards the cove they connect to the hollow and wedgey rivermouth section which offers barrels and the ultimate high performance wave. Riders mix together flow and flair showcasing rail work, and state of the art modern surfing.The Rincon Classic professional division was founded in 2002 to showcase the level of professional and top amateur talent within our local community. The Four person, 20 minute heats allow surfers to showcase their skills at California’s premier point break and often times feature match ups that you will not find anywhere else.

Past champions include Josh Bradbury (2002), Pete Mussio (2003), 6 time pro champion Kilian Garland (2004,05,06,08,09,10), Mike MCcabe (2011), Dane Reynolds (2012), Conner Coffin (2013), and Kellen Ellison (2014). Stand outs and legends who also compete yearly include 3 time world champion Tom Curren, Joe Curren, former WCT stand out Bobby Martinez, Chris Brown, and a host of other local stand outs.

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Abby Brown

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Abby Brown Profile

16 year old Santa Barbara native, Abby Brown is a waterman who embraces all that it is to live on and around the ocean. A two time Rincon Classic Wahines champion, Abby isn’t only into the modern vision of what surfing is. Sure she surfs amazing on her Channel Islands surfboards and has done her fair share of competitions. However, you will often find her surfing on a single fin or Ryan Lovelace alternative shape where she styles and grooves her way to new artistic levels and feelings. When she isn’t riding waves, she enjoys being in the ocean and is also an accomplished prone paddle boarder. At this years friendship paddle she braved 20 miles before taking a break and then finishing out the last leg. All around happy human and Aloha sharing, Abby embodies modern soul.

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When she rode a wave with dolphins and pulled into the barrel behind them in the Womens final of the 2014 Rincon Classic, she thought it was no big deal, although the entire beach went crazy. After being featured on local news she shrugged it off, and when the international media called wanting to interview her and run the story her response was, “Why?”

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Q & A

1. Brief bio/ history / relationship with surfing.

I was born and raised in Santa Barbara and I have surfed my whole life.  I started taking my surfing seriously about four years ago.

2. Relationship with Rincon: First time you surfed the Queen of the coast and favorite Rincon session.

I don’t really remember the first time I surfed Rincon, I pretty much grew up there.  I remember my cousin, Evan, taking me surfing after school we would always go to Rincon.

3. Tell us about the image captured of you and the Dolphins from 2014 that became the poster shot for the 2015 Rincon Classic?

I’m honored to be featured on the poster for the Rincon Classic.  It’s my favorite wave so for me to be representing the Rincon Classic is awesome.  I’m also really happy to be the first girl on the poster.

4. You went from being sick and barely able to paddle out in your heat to scoring a wave with Dolphins that became a top international specialty story for a week. Were you expecting the kind of coverage that you received and what were your highlights?

At first I couldn’t believe it made local news and then the next thing I knew it was on Good Morning America and then we found out it had gone all over the world, it was crazy.  I guess spending as much time as I do on the ocean I sort of take it for granted. But that day the water was crystal clear, the weather was great and the waves were good and everyone was there to see it and capture it.

5. Demi Boelsterli was around the same age when she began dominating the Rincon Classic, you have now won two Wahine titles in a row. Any competition or Rincon Classic goals?

I guess to just keep having fun and maybe beat Demi – Ha!

6. Best memory of the Rincon Classic?

Before I ever competed in the Rincon Classic we would go down for the first heats super early in the morning to cheer on our friends and spend the weekend at the beach.

7. What do you love about the Rincon Classic?

I love the fact that you have to be a local to compete (805), plus it’s great to see everyone.

8.  What is it about our region that produces such great surfers?

We don’t have waves everyday, but when we do everyone is just super psyched to surf. I think that makes us appreciate when waves come.

9. Words to live by?

Keep having fun.

10. If you could be any animal what would it be and why?

Instead of my favorite animal I’m telling you my favorite restaurants: Rincon Elteno, Super Cucas and Petrini’s – hahaha!

11. You seem to ride all kinds of different boards out at Rincon. What are your favorite kind of boards to ride and why?

I’ve been riding a Piggy Back (high performance twin fin) by Ryan Lovelace and I love that board.  When the waves get critical I like the Zeus from Channel Islands.

12. What is your favorite part of the Rincon experience?

Seeing the local crew in the water.

13. Shout outs?

Friends, family, PGSK, the CI Crew, Ryan Lovelace, Zeal Optics, Arbor Collective, Patagonia, Frazer Hazlett – The Work Place.

14.  Who are your favorite surfers and why?

Dave Rasta, Clay Marzo, Trevor Gordon, Dan Malloy and Bobby Martinez.

15.  What crew do you chill with?

The Crew from the CI Shop~never a dull moment.

16. Anything else that you wish to add?

I just want to say thanks to Chris Keet for putting on such a great event. – oh, and always be respectful in the lineup, respect your elders and the locals!

Company Profile: Channel Islands Surfboards

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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.

Video Contest Judge: Branden Aroyan

3rd Annual Rincon Video Contest Judge

886712_10200751160330028_151948160_oBranden Aroyan has traveled to many exotic locations around the world photographing expeditions and filming documentaries about people, nature and surfing. Emmy Award winning Director of Photography for “Alaska Dreams”, his passion for photography has carried him far from the beaten path and helped foster an appreciation for the Earth and its inhabitants.