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2015 Rincon Classic Story and Results

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Third time is a charm at the 2015 Channel Islands Surfboards Rincon Classic, Presented By Hurley, Produced by Surf Happens

Photo by: Branden Aroyan

As the waiting period approached, a deep trough of 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, Diablo Canyon’s,  and 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 postpone, but the sun was to shine, and the offs shores blow, for the third waiting weekend 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 11th consecutive Womens title with powerful layback slashes, tail slides, and a 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 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 had perfect style and stayed focused on precise rail turns and great 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 stylish 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 2015), 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 competition 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.


 

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

1.  EVAN TRAUNTVEIN                       19.17

 

PROFESSIONAL

1. TOM CURREN                     18.51               $500

 

KING OF THE QUEEN BATTLE OF THE SURF SHOPS

  1. 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)

 

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