Parker Coffin
Professional surfer Parker Coffin, shown competing in an earlier Rincon Classic, will be one of the 16 pros vying for the Rincon Brewery Pro Division title. (Noozhawk file photo)

The Rincon Classic is back for surfers and the community to enjoy and celebrate.

Last year’s event didn’t take place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 40th anniversary of one of the oldest and most revered surf contests in California is set for Saturday and Sunday at Rincon Point on the Santa Barbara-Ventura county line. Head-high surf is predicted for the competitors, who range from under-12 Gremlins to 65-over Grand Legends.

Division preliminary rounds on Saturday will begin at 6:50 a.m. and run through 5:30 p.m. Sunday’s finals are scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m. with the longboard division and finish with the men’s final at 5:10.

Professional surfers will compete in the Rincon Brewery Pro quarterfinal and semifinal heats on Saturday at 10:10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively. The Sunday final is slated to start at 3:50 p.m.

Santa Barbara’s Conner Coffin is on the list of competitors entered in the pro division. He is coming off his best season on the the World Surfing League’s Championship Tour. 

Coffin finished fourth in the WSL points standings and qualified for the league’s inaugural playoffs — he was the only American in the Final Five of the single-elimination event at Lower Trestles. He won his first match against Australia’s Morgan Cibilic and was eliminated by Brazil’s Filipe Toledo in the next round.

Championship Tour women’s surfer Lakey Peterson of Santa Barbara is one of the eight invitees to take part in the VISSLA Expression Session on Saturday at 1:10 p.m., following the pro semifinals. Peterson missed most of last season with an injury.

The competition at Rincon will be shown on a live webcast at rinconclassic.com.

The Rincon Classic started in 1979 and ran for 17 straight years before falling dormant in 1996.

Chris Keet, founder/owner of the Surf Happens Surf School, resurrected the contest in 2001 and has kept it going.

“When I think of the Rincon Classic, I think of all of the incredible surfers that have perfected their form and made their mark on the long walls of Rincon Point through their youth and as they follow their paths in life,” Keet said on the event’s website. “From current and former CT surfers to the new division of the Grand Legends (65-plus) and the youngest division, the U12 Gremlins, the Rincon Classic links generations of surfers and brings us together on the weekend of the winter to talk story, showcase level, and gather as a community to celebrate our local surfing heritage.

“There is nothing that feels quite as amazing as the speed and beauty of catching a good wave at Rincon, but watching friends and family experience that same feeling while pushing the envelope of their own surfing level is a close second.”

There will be limited parking available at Rincon Beach Park. Shuttles will be running from Mark Avenue to Rincon from 8 a.m. to 5:30 pm daily, courtesy of Jump On The School Bus.

The “Classic Awards Ceremony,” presented by Onda Tequila Seltzer, will be held at the Padaro Beach Grill. Admission is $10.

Schedule of Events

Saturday

Preliminary Rounds

6 Men’s Round One Heats 6:50-8:50 a.m.

4 Masters Quarterfinal Heats 8:50-10:10 a.m.

4 Rincon Brewery Pro Quarterfinals 10:10-11:30 a.m.

3 Legends Quarterfinal Heats 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lunch By Rincon Brewery 12-1 p.m.

Beach Clean Up supported by Hydroflask 12:30-1 p.m.

2 Rincon Brewery Pro Semifinal Heats 12:30-1:10 p.m.

1 VISSLA Expression Session 1:10-1:30 p.m.

1 Legends Repercharge 1:30-1:50 p.m.

3 Juniors U17 Quarterfinal Heats 1:50-2:50 p.m.

2 Boys U14 Quarterfinal Heats 2:50-3:30 p.m.

6 Grand Masters Heats 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Sunday

Preliminary Rounds & Finals

3 Men’s Quarterfinal Heats 6:50-7:50 a.m.

3 Grand Master Quarterfinal Heats 7:50-8:50 a.m.

2 Gremlins Semifinal Heats 8:50-9:30 a.m.

2 Wahines Semifinal Heats 9:30-10:10 a.m.

2 Longboard Semifinal Heats 10:10-10:50 a.m.

2 Womens Semifinal Heats 10:50-11:30 a.m.

2 Masters Semifinal Heats 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Lunch By Nutbelly 12-1 p.m.

Beach Clean Up supported by Hydroflask 12:30-1 p.m.

1 Mens Repercharge Heat 12:10-12:30 p.m.

1 Grand Master Repercharge Heat 12:30-12:50 p.m.

1 Juniors U17 Repercharge 12:50-1:10 p.m.

FINALS

Longboard Final 1:10-1:30 p.m.

Lady Legends Final 1:30-1:50 p.m.

Super Legends Final 1:50-2:10 p.m.

Legends Final 2:10-2:30 p.m.

Wahines Final 2:30-2:50 p.m.

Gremlins Final 2:50-3:10 p.m.

Boys Final 3:10-3:30 p.m.

Womens Final 3:30-3:50 p.m.

RB Pro Final 3:50-4:10 p.m.

Grand Masters Final 4:10-4:30 p.m.

Juniors Final 4:30-4:50 p.m.

Masters Final 4:50-5:10 p.m.

Men’s Final 5:10-5:30 p.m.

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Barry Punzal, Sports Editor

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