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January 13, 2015 by @VanessaRivers

The Rincon Classic has moved to the third weekend of the waiting period which means if there’s a decent swell the contest will be held Friday Jan 23th – Sun 25th, which is good news for me since I just got back to Santa Barbara and am excited to watch my friend Keith Hastings surf in the Masters division. I don’t attend many surf contents, mostly because I try to avoid crowds wherever there are good waves lol, but this will be my fourth time heading to my favorite surf spot to cheer on our local surfers. We are lucky to have such an amazing wave so close to SB, which has helped produce some of the most talented surfers in the world. 2013 marked the 30th Annual Rincon Classic and the 13th year the event was produced by Surf Happens Surf School.

Rincon Classic History

The event where legends are made, The Rincon Classic is the oldest and most revered surfing contest in Santa Barbara’s rich surfing history. Showcasing generations of the areas best surfers at the Queen of the coast, the Classic is a locals only event, serving as a community gathering each winter. To guarantee optimal conditions the Classic has a six week waiting period from the originally scheduled date. Over it’s 30 year history the event has showcased such house hold names as Tom Curren, Bobby Martinez, Chris Brown, Kim Mearig, Davey Smith and Dane Reynolds to up and coming stars, Lakey Peterson, Conner and Parker Coffin, Demi Boelsterli and Kilian Garland. For every known name there are a handful of underground rippers that will always own the line up at Rincon.

Founded in 1979 by Roger Nance, Jeff White, and a crew of local surfers, the Rincon Classic ran for 17 consecutive years before falling dormant in 1996. In 2001 the event was resurrected by Chris Keet and the Surf Happens crew to continue the legacy. Under the tutiledge of this generation the event has grown exponentially and now involves the community in grass-roots fundraising efforts.

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