Riptide Rendezvous - 2020 [CANCELLED]


Riptide Rendezvous - 2020 [CANCELLED]

Saturday, April 25, 2020
Fly Tackle
Regular Tackle
| Fishing Tournament
Target Sub-species: 
Surf Perch - Surf Perch
Drums and Croakers - Corbina
Drums and Croakers - Yellowfin Croaker
Drums and Croakers - Spotfin Croaker
Halibut - California Halibut
Bass - Barred Sand Bass
Bass - Calico (Kelp) Bass
Bass - Spotted Sand Bass
Sea Bass - White Sea Bass
Sea Bass - Striped Bass
Shark - Shark
Rays - Ray
Guitarfish - Guitarfish

John Loo, Tournament Director
(760) 419-2124


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Riptide Rendezvous - 2020



Riptide Rendezvous has been cancelled due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus. The County of Santa Barbara has revoked the permits for all public events with 10 or more people being held at county facilities until May 17.

We have not decided yet whether this event will be rescheduled for later this year. Anyone signed up for our mailing list (see will be notified by email with any updates.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Riptide Rendezvous is a catch-and-release, artificial lure only, surf fishing tournament. It’s a non-profit fundraising event, organized by the Southwest Council of Fly Fishers International, with the support of Coastal Conservation Association California. All net proceeds go to the SWCFFI and CCAC, to help fund fishing outreach and conservation programs.

Riptide Rendezvous 2020 T-shirt
For 2020, we are returning to Rincon Beach Park, where last year 27 contestants caught-and-released almost 100 fish in the 2-hour time window. Once again, we invite both fly- and regular-tackle fishermen to enter! There will be separate divisions for fly- and regular-tackle anglers, with different awards pools.


Having computer issues, or not comfortable doing this on-line? Call or email us, and we'll register you. 

Online registration ends at 9:00pm THURSDAY, April 23, 2020.

Walk-in registration is available from 6:00 - 6:45am Saturday, April 25

$10 USD
Individual Angler


Tournament is over



Events & Schedule

Required Contestant Meeting and Rules Review

04/25/2020 07:45 AM

Picnic Pavillion

Lines in

04/25/2020 08:15 AM

Lines out

04/25/2020 10:15 AM


04/25/2020 11:15 AM

Picnic Pavillion


04/25/2020 11:30 AM

Picnic Pavillion


04/25/2020 12:30 PM

Picnic Pavillion

End of Event

04/25/2020 01:30 PM



John Loo
Michael Schweit
Steve Piper
Steve Schalla


Rules and RegulationsClick to Read


2019 Riptide Rendezvous Rules


  • Participants must register in either the “Fly Fishing” division, or “Regular Tackle” division
  • You must have a valid California saltwater fishing license in possession
  • You must accept the liability waiver on this website, or sign a liability waiver prior to participation
  • The Event Coordinator will decide any rules disputes. The Event Coordinator’s decisions are final.

Equipment Restrictions:

  • Each angler shall provide their own rod, reel, line and terminal tackle
  • Each angler must wear some form of eye protection while fishing. Sun glasses, prescription glasses or safety glasses are all acceptable
  • Fly Fishing Division:
    • Only single- and double-handed fly rods and reels are allowed.
    • Leaders and tippets can be of any strength or length
  • Regular Tackle Division
    • Any legal fishing tackle other than fly fishing tackle is allowed
    • Line and leaders can be of any length or strength

Tackle Restrictions:

  • Fly Fishing Division:
    • Only flies tied on single point hooks, in sizes: #6, #4 or #2s will be accepted. Double- or treble-hooked files are NOT allowed
    • The fly must be designed to be fished subsurface. No surface flies (poppers, crease flies, sliders or dry files) will be accepted.
  • Regular Tackle Division:
  • Any legal artificial lure is allowed. Here are some suggestions that have worked well in the past:

    • Carolina Rig, Dropshot Rig or Leadhead Jig: 1/4 - 1/2oz, with a 2" - 3" soft plastic grub in motor oil or other dark natural base color
    • Hard plastic jerkbait, such as the Lucky Craft 110 Flash Minnow or Rapala Xrap XR10, in a chrome finish, or chrome with a colored back
    • Kastmaster or Krocodile spoons, 1/4 - 1/2oz., in silver, silver/blue, or gold

Fly Exchange (Fly Fishing Division ONLY):

  • Each participant must provide one surf-appropriate fly pattern.
  • Each fly will be inspected and deemed fishable before it will be accepted. If the fly you supply does not meet requirements, a substitute fly will be entered on your behalf at no charge
  • If you do not provide a fly, you are required to pay $10.00, and a fly will be supplied on your behalf
  • Flies submitted at check-in will be logged, placed in an envelope, and thrown into a bag.
  • Each angler will be given one randomly assigned fly from the bag prior to fishing

Competition Rules:

  • All Divisions:
    • “Lines-In” (start of fishing) is 8:15am. “Lines-Out” (end of fishing) is 10:15am. An air-horn blast will be used to announce Lines-in and Lines-out.
    • Prior to Lines-In, all anglers must attend a brief meeting at the registration desk to review the rules and safety protocols, define the allowed fishing area(s), and review any last-minute announcements
    • After the meeting, anglers will have approximately 15-20 minutes to walk to a starting position on the beach.
    • At Lines-out, all anglers must stop fishing immediately, except that any fish hooked before Lines-out will count, even if landed after Lines-out
    • ALL FISH MUST BE FAIRLY CAUGHT AND NOT FOUL HOOKED! Foul hooked fish will not count. For anglers using a single-hook lure or fly, “foul hooked” means the fish was not hooked in the mouth. For lures with multiple hooks, “foul hooked” means none of the hooks are inside the fish’s mouth.
    • At Lines-Out, anglers should return to the area near the Event Desk for the remainder of the activities
  • Fly Fishing Division ONLY:
    • All fly contestants must use only their assigned fly or lure for the entire tournament time window.
    • If you lose your fly or lure, you must stop fishing. No exceptions!
    • If a fly falls apart due to poor construction, a Beach Spotter (see below) will provide a replacement fly
  • Scoring:
    • “Beach Spotters” will be stationed at intervals within the tournament area, and can be identified by their bright yellow measuring boards
    • When an angler catches a fish, the angler will take the fish to a Beach Spotter for scoring
    • Beach Spotters are responsible for measuring fish and recording the angler’s catch using the official measuring board and the required iAngler Tournament System. All catches must be recorded by a Beach Spotter to be official!
    • Fish length will be measured from the tip of the fish’s nose with the mouth closed, to the tail fork, or to the back edge of the middle of the tail, if there is no fork. Measurements will be rounded up to the nearest inch.
    • After scoring the catch, the fish must be released as quickly as practical.

Safety Rules:

  • Anglers must maintain a safe distance from each other to avoid hitting each other with their casts or tangling lines.
  • For extra safety, Beach Spotters will watch for bystanders, and ensure that anglers maintain a safe distance from neighboring anglers and other beach-goers.
  • Beach Spotters will have whistles to warn anglers of safety issues. Whistles will be used ONLY in extreme situations.
  • If a whistle is blown it means you are either in an unsafe situation, crowding another angler, or there is a beach-goer endangered by your casting. You must stop casting immediately.
  • Anglers that have their flies or lures in the water may complete their retrieve, but may not cast again until instructed by the Beach Spotter.
  • Any angler disregarding a blown whistle may be immediately disqualified, at the discretion of a Beach Spotter


Disclaimer Click to Read

Liability Waiver

In consideration of the service of the Southwest Council, Fly Fishers International, and any other entities associated with it, and their agents, officers, volunteers, participants, employees, and all other persons acting in any capacity on their behalf (hereinafter collectively referred to as "SWCFFI), I hereby acknowledge the following:

  • Fishing and related activities entail both known and unknown risks which could result in physical or emotional injury or death to myself and/or third parties, or damage to my personal property or the property of others. These risks cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of such activities.
  • The risks include, but are not limited to, injury and damages resulting from: slips and falls, physical exertion, animal bites and stings, exposure to dangerous weather conditions, being submerged or entrapped in water, acts of God, or medical complications resulting from my own physical condition.
  • Fishing activities may occur in areas where communications with emergency medical or rescue services are impaired or impossible, and that such services may not arrive in a timely manner even if summoned.
  • SWCFFI could misjudge environmental conditions surrounding this event, such as weather, the elements, or the terrain, and may give inadequate warnings or instructions regarding dealing with these conditions.
  • Equipment provided or used by SWCFFI might malfunction and be unable to provide the desired results.
  • SWCFFI is not obligated to accommodate or make allowances for any participant’s fitness or abilities.
  • SWCFFI is not obligated to mitigate or eliminate the aforesaid risks.
  • By agreeing to this waiver, I expressly accept and assume the risks that exist in these activities. My participation is purely voluntary, and I have elected to participate despite the risks.

On behalf of myself, my children, my parents, my heirs, my assigns, personal representatives and estate, I hereby voluntarily release, forever discharge, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless SWCFFI from any and all claims, demands or causes of action which are in any way connected with my participation in these activities or my use of SWCFFI's services, equipment or facilities, including any such claims which allege negligent acts or omissions of SWCFFI.

Should SWCFFI, or anyone acting on its behalf, be required to incur attorney's fees or other legal costs, I agree to indemnify and hold them harmless for all such fees and costs.

I agree to bear the costs of covering any injury or damage I may cause or suffer while participating in these activities. Furthermore, I attest that, to the best of my knowledge, I have no medical or physical conditions which would interfere with my safety during this activity, or else I am willing to assume and bear the costs of any efforts to mitigate or address all risks that may be created, directly or indirectly, by any condition.

If I file a lawsuit against SWCFFI, I shall do so solely in the State of California, and I further agree that the substantive law of that state shall apply in any such action without regard to any conflict of the law of that state with this waiver.

In consideration of any minor or minors accompanying me, even though not specifically named herein,
being permitted by SWCFFI to participate in its activities and/or to use its equipment and facilities, I agree to indemnify and hold harmless SWCFFI from any and all claims which are brought by or on behalf of such minor(s), and which are in any way connected with such use or participation by such minor(s).

By signing this document, or indicating that I accept these conditions on the event registration web page, I acknowledge, that if anyone is hurt or property damaged during my participation in any such activity, I may be found by a court of law to have waived my right to maintain a lawsuit against SWCFFI on the basis of any claim from which I have released them herein.

I have had sufficient opportunity to read this entire document, fully understand it, and agree to be bound by its terms as stated or amended.