The world class surf break known as Rincon Point has been shaping the surfing scene around the 805 for decades, so this year’s installment of the Indy‘s surf issue is all about the not-so-hidden jewel in our backyard, the Queen of the Coast. First up is the 4•1•1 on the 10th Anniversary edition of the Surf Happens Rincon Classic from Chris Keet. Up next we have some history of the most famous Santa Barbara surf shot ever taken from Steve Bissel, the man who happened to be at the right place at the right time. For those of you who have surfed this epic break, you know that it’s not just the boys who are out there shredding, so we share an interview with Heather Tiddens, who has been ripping the ‘con for years. As for life under the water or inside the tubes, Ethan Stewart reviews two new books, one that features underwater photography by Richard Salas, whose new book Sea of Light features stunning underwater shots taken right off our coast, and also Clark Little’s Shorebreak Art, which gives a good sense of what it’s like to be deep in the pocket of a wicked barrel. Finally, we chronicle the twenty seven years of the Rincon Classic, which takes place Feb. 6th and 7th. Enjoy.
— Chris Keet