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RC14 Crowd. ASoyan

RC14 Crowd. ASoyan

The conditions could not have been more perfect for the 2014 Channel Islands Surfboards Rincon Classic as high pressure prevailed with increasing swell throughout the weekend. Chest high to two feet overhead glassy long lines filled the Queen of the coasts curves from the indicator to the freeway. Contestants and spectators alike enjoyed the magical Rincon Classic weekend.

It had been five years since the event ran on the first weekend during the eight week waiting period, but the predictions for surf and weather were idyllic so contest director Chris Keet pulled the trigger. He said, “Rincon can get bigger, but it doesn’t get more perfect. The direction and size allowed everyone from the Gremlins, to the Pro, to Legends to have a blast and showcase their best surfing.”

Highlights included the professional division where Ventura’s Kellen Ellison bested seven time Pro Champion Kilian Garland, 2012 Pro Champ Dane Reynolds, and stand out Cory Arrambide in an action packed final. Ellison surfed with precision and power throughout the event and always Seemed to be on the best waves. He said “That was the most fun I’ve ever had at Rincon, it was like being on a surf trip”.

Other highlights included Dane Reynolds winning the Scosche Audio “In Rhythm Award” for the highest point total of the event in the semi finals

10x Womens Champ Demi Boelsterli. Aroyan

10x Womens Champ Demi Boelsterli. Aroyan

where he scored a perfect 10 and a 9.67. Demi Boelsterli continued her dominance winning her 10th consecutive Womens title with powerful slashes and fin free off the lips. Abby Brown went to town winning her second consecutive Wahine title and solid finish in the Womens division and in the process rode a wave with dolphins that was showcased on Good Morning America and in international news. Matt Maheri took out the coveted Mens division with his powerful forehand carves, while Bronson Wheelan pulled a huge air reverse and backed it up with a searing series of forehand lippers 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 with solid tail wafts and wrapping cutties, while the boys winner Eithan Osborne put on a power and aerial surfing clinic to top 2013 winner Josiah Amico.

The Masters division was a battle between Carp and Santa Barbara boys with a see saw battle reminisient to 2013 with Ian Oneill stringing together backside blasts and tail free top turns to seal the deal over a charging Gabe Venturelli and Aaron Smith.

Pro Winner Kellen Elison. Aroyan

Pro Winner Kellen Elison. Aroyan

In the Grand Masters Tony De Groot took his second consecutive win, with power and style, while Legends winner Steve Mccomb caught the sets and slammed the lip with the abandon of an 18 year old to seal the victory. Longboard champion Evan Trauntvein spent more time on the nose than on land over the weekend and took a convincing win over perennial winner Cole Robbins.

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 Alteno, live music by Travers Adler, Conner Coffin, and Donnie Headen and to enjoy the weekend video highlights and contestant final placings.

The Second Annual Video Contest was truly inspiring with 14 submissions in two divisions. Abby Brown won 1st place in the 18 & Under Division with Sean Woods taking a very close second followed by Gavin Eason at 3rd. Tony Modugno took home the 1st place title in the 19 & Up Division with his piece “Morning Oranges”. Following in second place was Matt Wier’s “Bad Rincon” and close behind in third was is years featured artist, Branden Aroyan’s “Home Sweet Home”.

The RC 14 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. Thus far we have raised enough money to host the first event, The Coffin Brothers Jalama Surf Out, and half of what we need to run the Lakey Peterson Menehune Classic. The Grand prize of a trip to Las Flores resort El Salvador courtesy of Wave Hunters Surf Travel was won by A. Boatman.

Once the awards were completed and the evening began to wind down the sound of increasing swell was audible as it broke upon the break water. Until next year…

Professional Final

1 KELLEN ELLISON

2 KILLIAN GARLAND

3 DANE REYNOLDS

4 CORY ARAMBIDE

Mens Final

1 MATT MAHERI

2 MICHAEL LONSON

3 SPENCER SMITH

4 DENNIS RIZZO

5 GABE VENTURELLI

6 BRANDON SMITH

 

Womens Final

1 DEMI BOELSTERLI

2 SIERRA PARTRIDGE

3 ABBY BROWN

4 NICOLE DELEON

5 LISA WYNN LUNA

6 HAILEY PARTRIDGE

 

Juniors Final

1 BRONSON WHEELEN

2 VINNY LEONELLI

3 CURREN CAPLES

4 ERIC RONNING

5 JASON KNELL

6 JEFF KNELL

 

Boys Final

1 EITHAN OSBORNE

2 JOSIAH AMICO

3 JEFF KNELL

4 ADAM HOGUE

5 SAM REICHEL

6 RYDER ALVES

 

Gremlins Final

1 JABE SWIERKOCKI

2 DIMITRI POULOS

3 AARON SMITH

4 DAN DOWDEN

5 ERIK SMITH

6 GREG VENABLE

 

Masters Final

1 IAN ONEILL

2 GABE VENTURELLI

3 AARON SMITH

4 DAN DOWDEN

5 ERIK SMITH

6 GREG VENABLE

 

Wahine Final

1 ABBY BROWN

2 CASSIDY URBANY

3 POPPY BRITTINGHAM

4 ZOEY LUNA

5 ALANA MOORE

6 DEVON RANDOLPH

 

Longboard Final

1 EVAN TRAUNTVEIN

2 COLE ROBBINS

3 CLINT UNANDER

4 BRIAN HEWITT

5 DAVE JOHNSON

6 DANIEL BRALVER

 

Grandmasters Final

1 TONY DEGROOT

2 JAMES MCCLINTOCK

3 ALEXIS USHER

4 STEVE REICHEL

5 BRYAN GRAGG

6 FRED HEPP

 

Legends Final

1 STEVE MCCOMB

2 DAVE JOHNSON

3 BILL URBANY

4 JIM GARLAND

5 WAYNE RICH

6 L PAUL MANN