Rincon has definitely earned its stripes as the “Queen” of the California coast. Every winter, surfers of all ages, shapes, and board preference make the pilgrimage to San Barbara to pay tribute. Unfortunately for most, this tribute is usually in the form of sharing waves with all your newest acquaintances. But a lucky few are able to call this Southern California iconic wave home. Kilian Garland is one of the fortunate few.
On my last trip North, I happened to catch a glimpse of a session of his. The session was short, sweet, and undeniably effortless. I had grown up watching Kilian in events and the occasional surf flick, but never was I able to witness him in his element. And may I say, it is quite the spectacle. Style and grace is an understatement. Watch the video above to get a quick taste of Kilian at his beloved Rincon.
Southern California has always been viewed as a Mecca for all that is surf. Up and down the coast you can find lineups filled with fluorescent wetsuits and the latest groveler from Lost.
Team Rider Jake Fishman gives tips on taking a surf trip, referencing his recent trip to South America.