The 2012 Lanakila Carpet Beach Classic SUP race was held this weekend in Redondo Beach.
People from all over So-Cal came out to race and raise money for the the 404 Simple Mobile Outrigger Team competing in the upcoming Olamau 90-mile race in Hawaii.
The race went well for Danny Ching continuing his string of wins in 2012. The rest of the Riviera Team finished strong with top 5 finishes in every class. See the full results at: www.supracer.com/
Danny Ching leading the pre race meeting.
This is Part 1 of our adventure from Dana Point, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was a trip of a lifetime. The journey took us about 9 days, and we had a great crew including Brad Rambo, Brandon Rambo, Thomas Shahinian, Chuck Patterson, Brian Stockdale, and Gene Williams.
Stay tuned for Part II next week...
The Hal Rosoff Classic was this past Saturday, and was another great event for 2012. Here's some photo's from the event, and the race results. Congrats to 404 Team Rider Danny Ching, and Riviera Team Karl Ring, Suzy Strazzulla, and Kristin Thomas for their 1st Place finishes.
1st: Danny Ching (55:07) - Team Riviera
2nd: Jim Terrell (55:11)
3rd: Thomas Maximus (56:27) - Team Riviera
4th: Dialy Ndiaye (56:52)
5th: Jared Vargas (59:03)
6th: Tyler Morgan (01:00:30)
7th: Brendan Light (01:00:38)
8th: Jim Vitale (01:01:29)
1st: Karl Ring (??) - Team Riviera
2nd: Byron Kurt (01:03:29)
3rd: Chance Fielder (01:03:56)
4th: Brad Rambo (01:04:20) - Team Riviera
5th: Chad Bashor (01:04:33)
6th: Dane Morrissey (01:04:34)
7th: Brian Haag (01:04:37) - Team Riviera
8th: E.J. Johnson (01:05:17)
9th: Brent Pascoe (01:07:03)
10th: Jack Wygal (01:07:51)
1st: Suzy Strazzulla (01:11:11) - Team Riviera
2nd: Robin Benincasa (01:12:42)
1st: Kristin Thomas (01:13:09) - Riviera Paddle Sponsor
2nd: Terry Plunkett (01:15:07)
3rd: Antoinette Cocco (01:15:22)
4th: Alison Riddle (01:16:01)
Stand Up for the Cure is coming up on May 5th 2012 @ Newport Dunes, Newport, CA. We are lucky enough to be the presenting sponsor, and are excited to be a part of such a great cause. Read the press release below for more info about the event.
Also stay tuned to our blog to see how you can get your paws on one of the Limited Edition Riviera Paddlesurf 'Stand Up For The Cure' SUP's. A percentage of proceeds are going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For more info on how you can get one email us @ firstname.lastname@example.org
February 6, 2012
For Immediate release
Newport Beach, California
On May 5, 2012 a unique event will launch in Newport Harbor to raise awareness for our fight against Breast Cancer. The Standup for the Cure is the brainchild of Judie Vivian, a Breast Cancer Survivor and advocate for the Orange County Chapter of the Susan G Komen Foundation. “Imagine a flotilla of paddlers on Standup Paddleboards wearing pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. The Standup for the Cure will consist of Clinics, Demos, Live Music, Banquet, Silent Auction and Raffle. Standup Paddling is the fastest growing watersport of our time and direct health benefits alone make this sport the perfect avenue for raising awareness for the great work that the Komen Foundation does to fight Breast Cancer” says Vivian about the planned upscale Standup Paddleboard (SUP) event.
Riviera Paddlesurf (Presenting Sponsor), with supporting Sponsors Maui Jim, Kona Brewing Company, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Victory KoreDry are excited to share the world of Standup Paddling with families and friends who want to show their support for the work being done to save lives from this horrible disease. “It’s going to be a celebration of our Lifestyle, where families, friends and survivors can raise money to help save lives by doing something they love.” Commented Event Director Dan Van Dyck, whose mother is a 38 year Breast Cancer Survivor.
The Standup for the Cure will take place on May 05, 2012 at the Newport Dunes Facility in Newport Beach California. This venue is visible from Coast Highway and the paddling route will wind its’ way through the Scenic Harbor. “We chose this location for the inaugural Standup for the Cure because of the visual impact we can make. Nothing draws your attention like hundreds of paddlers wearing pink.” Says Mike Muir from Riviera Paddlesurf, Presenting Sponsor for the event, who came on board because of a personal experience with Breast Cancer.
Everyone is welcome to participate in the day’s events. The organizers have assembled an incredible expo featuring booths that represent all aspects of the active SUP lifestyle from Board manufacturers to clothing and from paddles to nutrition. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, there will be something for you. Maui Jim’s own Zane Schweitzer will lead our team of instructors. Riviera Paddlesurf will be joined by the likes of Rogue SUP , Yolo Board and SUP Love who will supply loaner boards and demos for new paddlers. Lunch will be provided by Ruth’s Chris Steak House included with the entry fee, also included with your entry fee is a custom Pink Permawik Jersey from Victory KoreDry. A Happy Hour with Live Music presented by Kona Brewing Company will wrap up the day.
More information can be found on the event web site: www.standup-for-the-cure.org
If you're looking for some family fun come to the LA Boat Show 2012 at the LA Convention Center Feb. 9th-12th. Riviera will be sharing Booth #NR 2 and 3 with our friends Mastercraft. Not only will you get to see Riviera and our Fleet of boards but tons of other fun vendors and exhibits... Check all the exhibitors @ http://losangelesboatshow.com/highlights.
Orange Bowl Race Miami1/23/12
After having a great show at Surf Expo we quickly packed up the tradeshow booth and started our journey to Miami for the Orange Bowl Race. With the van finally loaded up we headed out to the turn pike to begin our 4-hour drive. Brandon chose to drive and soon became amazed at the performance of the Kia mini van we had rented. The thing fully loaded would do burn outs across an entire intersection. The speeds we reached were amazing; we all think it must have had a V8 hiding under the hood. Thomas was just a little worried about some of the speeds we were reaching since his 19’-7” unlimited board was strapped to the roof. About 2 hours in we all started thinking about food and we were desperately in need of gas so Brandon took a random exit. After driving around a while with everyone searching their I phones for restaurants we ended up in a town called Riviera. We found a Mexican restaurant that seemed to be the happening place and ended up having a great dinner. Several burn outs later we found our selves back on the turn pike headed south towards Miami again, around 2 hours later and we were pulling into our Hotel in Miami.
Up and at em by 7:00am and off to the event site to meet Helga and set up for the race. The morning air was a little nippy but the forecast was calling for the low 70’s. The line at registration was looking a bit long and I thought no way were they going to get this up on running on time.
By 9:00 am we were all signed up and started to do some demos while Danny, Helga and Thomas did some paddling to get warmed up but before we knew it they were calling the racers meeting.
They began the Elite race by doing a staggered start with 3 minutes in between every board class. The largest division was the 12’-6” elite class with 44 men and 19 women all competing for a 5,000 dollar first prize. Once the last racer turned the corner heading for the inner coastal all the photographers scatted to get better vantage points from which to view the race. I chose to walk further up the river to get some shots of everyone coming back down river heading out to the inner coastal toward the finish line. I got set up at one point hoping to get some shots of Thomas with the sky line in the back ground but he was so fast he went by before I was set up. I was able to catch Danny and Jamie coming down river and it looked like they were working together as a team trading off drafting as they paddle by me. I fired off a few more shots and then high tailed it back to the finish line but I was to late to catch the finish.
The 3 mile fun race was next followed by the ever spectator friendly Sprit Races.
All in all it turned out to be a great week followed by a great race for Riviera.
7-Mile Elite Men’s
1st Place Danny Ching
2nd Place Jamie Mitchell
3rd Place Anthony Vela
7-Mile Elite Women’s
1st Place Candice Appleby
2nd Place Heather Baus
3rd Place Helga Goebel
Thomas Maximus took 1st place Unlimited
Brad Rambo took 1st place Men’s Elite 50 and over class
Balazs owner of the Wake shop in Hungary places 3rd in his first race ever in key largo FL on Ron House 12.6 race board propelled by Riviera Vantage paddle.
"I had ran my first race in a very friendly enviroment. I was lucky and ended
on 3rd medalist position in Open Man Elite race. There is a lot to learn and
even more to exercise for SUP racing..." -Balazs
If your in Hungary and looking for an SUP check out the wake shop...