Santa Barbara Press Releases

Santa Barbara Press Release
The Rincon Classic is the surfing event of the central Californian coast. Alchemy was happy to draft its 29th Press Release.

29th Annual Rincon Classic Returns To Santa Barbara
Event waiting period begins January 21st and 22nd, 2012

Press Contact: Chris Keet                                                                

Surf Happens

Owner/Rincon Classic Director

805.451.7568 –


December 21, 2011 – Santa Barbara, CA – The winter weather is finally upon us and so, at long last, the Rincon Classic has arrived. Surf permitting, Santa Barbara’s oldest and most revered surfing competition will return to Rincon Point for its 29th year on January 21st and 22nd, 2012.  Presented by Channel Islands Surfboards and produced by Surf Happens, the best wave-riders in the world will come together to celebrate the Santa Barbara surf, sand, and sea, and to compete for pride, division titles, and loads of prizes all the two days long.

An all-ages pro-am event, the Classic features divisions ranging from the 11 & under “Gremlins,” to the 55+ “Legends,” and will run from 7:00am to 5:00pm both days. Live commentating from members of the Quicksilver team, an ASP-certified judging panel, and computerized scoring displays courtesy of Beach Byte provides onlookers instant feedback on where each surfer stands in each heat. In addition, The Independent has joined us to dig up some historical surfer trivia for years past. These Classic Lines helps keep everyone entertained and well-informed while out on the beach.

Rincon Classic 2012 will also showcase crowd-favorite specialty events like the Locals Only Legacy, a revamped Red Bull Air Show in which competitors will be awarded points for each air they perform throughout the competition, a Professional Division, and the Expression Session in which Quicksilver and Channel Islands Surfboards have selected some of the best surfers in the world to exhibit championship surfing in our own back yard.

But this isn’t merely a surf competition. On the beach, special events include the ability for onlookers to:

  • Demo the latest-and-greatest wetsuits by Roxy and Quicksilver
  • Take a test-ride of state-of-the-art surfboards and skateboards by local and world-class designers like Al Merrick/Channel Islands Surfboards, Jason Feist/J7, Matt Moore/Rincon Designs, and Arbor.
  • Refresh with a Food and Water station outfitted by Wahoo Fish Tacos, Mad Dogs, Pacific Café, Red Bull, Frooty Acai, and Caribbean Coffee
  • Watch as the competitors get loosened up in the Competitors Area courtesy of Alki Wellness center
  • Join them and be supplied by Marc and Karen Grandle with on site chiropractic and massage care for competitors and spectators alike for both days of the event.

After the contest, SIMA is hosting the 2012 “Classic Sunday” Awards Ceremony and Live & Silent Auction Fundraiser at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Fully catered by Wahoo Fish Tacos, attendees can see this year’s contest winners, view highlights of the entire event, bid on prizes and help raise money for charity while enjoying live music and delicious food.  The event runs 6:30-10:00pm on the closing day of the event.

To compete, head over to Entry fees run $75 for regular division entry, $150 for the pro division, and $50 for second division fees. All competitors receive an official 2012 Quicksilver Rincon Classic Quicksilver or Roxy hat, Teva shoes, lunch each day, free entry into the SIMA Classic Sunday awards ceremony, raffle tickets, and more.  Please note you must be a Santa Barbara county (805) resident.

Missed some of the action? Never fear. We have teamed up with Josh Pomer and Post Modern Surfer for the 3rd year running to create daily highlight packages, and heats-on-demand for all finals, available online at And to ensure complete coverage, Santa Barbara Surfer will also be documenting the event and shooting every heat for your viewing pleasure either online at or at the SIMA Classic Sunday awards ceremony.

While we’re all out on the beach, it’s important to remember to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible to keep Rincon Point (The Queen) as Green as possible for years to come. This is why we have teamed up with Green Project Consultants and made an effort to neutralize any environmental impact our days on the shore will have. Stay Green by carpooling or riding a bike to the contest, bringing a re-usable mug, and participate in one of our clean-up days (Saturday 12pm, Sunday 12pm, 3pm).

Head over to to find more information on sponsors, the events, to sign-up, and see all the goodies competitors receive. Don’t forget to enter an incredible gear-raffle worth over $10,000 in brand-name goods.