Riviera was approached a few months ago with the idea by Rick Stinson, a tennis coach and DHHS graduate. The need for boards and a place to store them was a small hurdle, but we were able to collaborate with The Dana Outrigger Canoe Club for a place to store the SUP's, and we offered to donate 10 Riviera 10'6" SUP's, and paddles for the kids to use during class.
Stinson is a SUP racer and a surfer himself and wanted to bring his love of the sport to his students.
“I grew up surfing and that’s a sport you can do forever. [Standup] is a a life-long sport too,” Stinson says. “I wanted to give that to these students.”
He’ll do just that, twice a week in hour-and-a-half block periods, introducing students to training regimes, board styles and the different disciplines of the the sport. 24 paddlers showed up for the first class, ranging in experience from seasoned racers to first-time paddlers. An afternoon sea breeze made conditions tough for the first on-water class but the students were ready and willing to have at it.
“Conditions were a little breezy,” Mike Skelly, a Hobie lifestyle athlete who was helping out with the class, says. “But they all took it in stride. Everyone got on the board and paddled despite the conditions.”
Some of the more advanced students helped beginners or cruised farther afield. Skelly and Stinson raced around the harbor and checked on the groups as they figured things out. It was hard not to be jealous of the students and teachers alike, sliding over the cool green water. You couldn’t ask for a better classroom.
As you may know, the Battle of the Paddle is weeks away... The BOP has become the biggest race in SUP, and we are proud to have been the Title board sponsor for the past 3 years. Chances are you are going to be there to participate, or just witness the carnage.
Below is every BOP video we have made since the first one in 2009... Who would have thought a stand up paddling race would be so exciting. Enjoy!2009 - The First Battle! 2010 - Battle of the Paddle Hawaii - Part 1 2010 - Battle of the Paddle Hawaii - Part 2 2010 - Battle of the Paddle CA 2011 - Battle of the Paddle CA 2012 - Battle of the Paddle CA
Round the Rock went off last weekend, with awesome weather which made for great race conditions. Riviera Team Riders Chance Fielder, and Thomas 'Maximus' were in attendance to race and explore Seattle. They did not dissapoint, setting course records in both the Unlimited Class, and 14' Division... Way to go boys!
Round the rock has been one of our favorite events of the year for the past few years... If you missed it this year, make room on the calendar for next year!
If you need a board for the weekend, let us know and we will have one for you the day of the event. Check out the Board Rental Details Here! Rental fees can be applied to the purchase of the board if you find a deep connection with your new SUP.
Contact: Mike Baker - firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a board. Deadline to reserve a board is Thursday September 26th at 12pm PST.