Race the Lake is one of the most exciting SUP events there is, not to mention it is located in one of the most beautiful places to paddle. Lake Tahoe has the clearest, and cleanest water you have ever seen, not mention a thriving SUP community... There was a race for everyone and a great event to watch with all the action happening feet from the beach.
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Shae Foudy Took 2nd in the womens Elite 5 Mile close behind Candice, and 1st in the Womens Elite 14 Mile!
Rob Rojas set the course record on the new Riviera RP-Unlimited in the 14 Mile
Followed by Thomas Maximus.
Chance Fielder took 4th in the distance race on his RP-14' with some stiff competition.
Nick Scheel set a 12'6" Course Record on his RP-12'6".... At 15yrs old!
Taylor Rambo gave Danny Ching a run for his money taking 2nd place in the Men's Elite SUP Cross Finals.
Brian Haag took the win in the Wendsday Night SUP Series Race on his RP-14' followed by Thomas Maximus & Taylor Rambo
The Surfing America Tour made it's way to Churches in San Clemente, CA. Riviera Team Riders Anthony Maltese, Max Fleming, and Sophia Bartlow defended their home turf with Anthony taking 3rd in the Mens division, Sophia taking 2nd in the womens. Anthony was riding a Custom Riviera 7'4" Machete, and using the BUMP Paddle.
Riviera Sales Manager Brandon Rambo and Thomas Maximus made the trip out to the right coast for the Endless SUP Race in Jersey this weekend, and to stop in some of our dealers shops. It wasn't all work though. Brandon, and Thomas raced their RP-14' Raceboards... Thomas took the win over Chuck Patterson, and Brandon Rambo finished just behind in 3rd Place.
The Santa Monica SUP Classic is a great event with a distance race, and a Surf Race... The conditions were perfect for the surf race with small waves. The team did great with 16 year old Shae foudy taking the win in the womens division... Brian Haag won the 12'6" division, and Brenan Rose had a great race in the Stacked Elite 14' Class with a 5th Place finish!
Brennan Rose surfing his RP-14 to the finish...
Shae Foudy on her way to a 1st Place finish...
The Tahoe Cup went off this past weekend with great conditions. Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places to paddle in CA. Clean water, clean air, and a thriving SUP community. With over 150 competitors, it was a very competitive race, with Riviera Team Rider Rob Rojas taking the overall win on the Riviera RP-19'7"-UL AKA "The Gnarwall", and Brennan Rose Taking the win on the RP-14' Raceboard in the 14' division... Way to go boys!
Well... Not sure where to start. So much happened this weekend, it is hard to digest... So, we'll give you the cliff notes version in cronological order.
The CA Riviera Crew woke up early to set up the Standup for the Cure event in Newboart Beach. We expected 700+ participants, and had already raised 50,000 Dollars to benefit Susan G Komen before the day even began.
As we started unloading the 70 boards we brought for the participants, we got some alerts from our east coast contingent.
Ring Ring... Helga Goebel won the Key West Paddleboard Classic on her Riviera RP-12'6" Raceboard. Only 7 days after paddling the Carolina Cup which was equally as brutal. Way to go Helga! Also young gun Team Rider Austin Holingshead (15yo) finished 4th on his RP-14'...
That news got us excited, and we kept on enjoying the day in Newport Beach where the weather couldn't have been better. The Standup for the Cure is an awesome event because it is all about fun. You've never seen so many New paddlers & Veteran Paddlers in one spot... Helping someone get out on a SUP for their first time is pretty fun and rewarding.
Before the 2 Mile Paddle we waved goodbye to Thomas Maximus, Chance Feilder, and Ryan Murphy as they were headed North for the Malibu Downwinder. Maximus has never been scared of hitting 2 events in one day.
Back to Standup for the Cure... The 2 mile paddle starts. 700+ people take off dressed in all pink. We demoed all of our boards so the Riviera Crew jumped on our Giant inflatable SUP and hit the course. The SUP was piloted by Rob Rojas, Conrad Rojas (steersman), Brad Rambo, Taylor Rambo, Brandon Rambo, Nick Scheel, and Ramsay Mead.
After the race, it was all about fun, Food from Ruth's Chris, Drinks fro Kona Brewing Co. and Board Demos from some of the top SUP brands.
Ring Ring... Ryan Helm wins the Wrightsville Beach SUP Classic on the 7'4" DOOR... The door strikes again! Ryan has been on a roll, and the Riviera SUP Surfboards are getting as refined as ever.
Ring Ring... Thomas wins the Malibu Downwind Race 1st place unlimited, Ryan Murphy 1st Place 12'6", Chance Feilder 2nd Place 14'! Nice job boys...
After all that good news, the day started to wind down. The trophy's were handed out, and the donations were tallied... All in all it was a great day, and we are sure the 1000+ peaople down at Stand up for the Cure had a great Day.
But the weekend isn't over yet, tommorrow is a new day, and the 2nd annual SUP Fiesta Grom Race. Kids from all over the world showed up to participate. Rob Rojas, Thomas Maximus, and Chuck Patterson ran water safety for the kids, and wore matching mustaches.
The waves were great, and all the kids had a blast Racing and Surfing. The Future looks bright for this sport we love.
And that's all... Until next weekend.
The Carolina Cup went off last weekend bigger than ever. It has become one of the biggest races in the U.S. with over 700 participants!! There were races for all ages and skill levels. The kids and intermediate paddlers raced inside the inlet with nice calm water, while the elite paddlers raced the 13.5 Mile Graveyard course... Do not underestimate the difficulty of the Graveyard Course! It is brutal, with bits of every condition from downwind, flatwater, open ocean, waves, upwind, crosswind, drafting, and 2 to 3+ hours of it can take a toal on even the fittest of paddlers.
Team Riviera did great in the race with 6 paddlers in the Mens top 22, and Helga Goebel finishing 10th in the womens div. We are also very proud of our Junior team Paddler 15 yo Nick Scheel, proving that he isn't a grom anymore by beating all the men in the 12'6" division on the 13.5 Mile Graveyard race! The Team was racing their RP-Series Raceboards... Most opting for the RP-14' x 25".
The Fleet hitting the Ocean with a few miles to go to the finish!
Brennan Rose... All smiles as he crosses the finish.
Team Riviera Pre Race...
RESULTS: Carolina CUP 2014
Mens Graveyard 14'
Womens Graveyard 12'6"
The US SUP Tour this weekend was a lot of fun. It is one of the few local SUP Surfing events, so we got the whole team together to compete. Saturday was the Surf comp, and Ryan Helm took 3rd place on the 8' DOOR!!! We know the DOOR looks a little unconventional... Some call it ugly, some call it a gimmick, we call it cutting edge, futuristic, and high performance, and it's working great for Ryan.
On Sunday, Raceday, Ryan Murphy, Chance Feilder, Ryan Helm, Brennan Rose prepped their RP-14' Raceboards for the surf race. The Boys did great with Brennan Rose Sliding into 3rd Place! Not Bad for his first time racing the Riviera RP-14' Raceboard. Ryan Helm took 7th, and Ryan Murphy took 9th...
Brennan Rose showing off Mid-Race on the RP-14' Raceboard
Brennan on the 7'10" Machete.
Pro Surf Men Final:
1st Zane Schweiter
2nd Colin McPhillips
3rd Ryan Helm - Team RIVIERA
4th Sean Poynter
Pro Surf Women Final:
1st Emmy Merrill
2nd Izzy Gomez
3rd Candice Appleby
4th Sophia Bartlow - Team RIVIERA
MEN’S PRO RACE
1st: Slater Trout
2nd: Mo Freitas
3rd: Brennan Rose - Riviera RP-14' Raceboard
4th: Matt Becker
7th: Ryan Helm
9th: Ryan Murphy
WOMEN’S PRO RACE
1st: Candice Appleby
2nd: Halie Harrison
4th: Karen Jacobson
You really missed it! The Mongoose cup is a great event, and is all about fun! Here are some photos from last weekends event...
Max Fleming with a good start...
Shae Foudy checking out the competition...
Karl Ring rounding the buoy on his RP-12'6"
1st: Casper Steinfath
2nd: Sean Pangelinan
3rd: Noa Hopper
4th: Greg Closier
5th: Karl Ring - Team Riviera
6th: Jeremy Vaine
7th: Brandon Light
8th: Brian Hagg - Team Riviera
9th: Trevor Bashor
1st: Shae Foudy - Team Riviera
2nd: Sarah Messina - Team Riviera
3rd: Aleanna Clark
4th: Christie Shoemaker
5th: Diane Wenzel
6th: Melissa Hillis
7th: Mel Plunkett
8th: Loraine Gruber
9th: Maggie Adams
Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club hosted their annual race last weekend in Redondo Beach. Being so close to San Clemente, we rounded up most of the Southern California Team and headed up for the race. The Team has been stoked on the new RP-Series Raceboards and jump at any chance to race.
The team had a great showing with 6 Paddlers in the top 10 overall on Unlimited, 14, and 12'6" RP-Series Raceboards.
The Hano Hano is one of the biggest races of the year here in SoCal, and gathers 500+ paddlers... This year was no different with hundreds of SUP, Outrigger, and Surf-Ski paddlers, as well as a few tandem SUP teams including Brad and Dana Rambo, who paddled tandem on the Riviera 18' Door Raceboard. The weather couldn't have been better here in SoCal... 73* in January!!!
Chance Fielder took 3rd in the 14' Class on his RP-14' Raceboard...
We headed down to Mission bay with the usual suspects and a few new ones to participate in the race and get some feedback on the 2014 raceboards. Full results are below...
Sarah Messina, Karl Ring, Thomas "Maximus", Chance Fielder, Shae Foudy.
While the majority of SUP paddlers were recovering from their Race...Thomas & Chance competed in the 9 Mile Long Course immediately following the SUP Race to claim another podium finish & lead the field of Outriggers with 1st Place OC-2
Thomas "Maximus" on his way to a 2nd Place finish in the Unlimited Class.
Brad & Dana on the Unlimited Door!
1st Chuck Glynn
2nd Thomas Maximus (TEAM RIVIERA)
1st- Georges Cronsteadt
2nd- Belar Diaz
3rd- Chance Fielder (TEAM RIVIERA)
1st Noa Hopper
2nd Bennan Rose
3rd Karl Ring (TEAM RIVIERA)
Team Rider Helga Goebel made the trip to BVI to meet up with Lee Donovan of Breeze Paddlesurf, and Brian Duff for the annual Pain Killer Cup. The team had a good race on the RP-14' Raceboard. Check out highlights from the race in the video below....
1st: Team Naish (Noa Ginella, Kody Kerbox, Lori Park)
2nd: Team BOGA (Nat Ford, Bill Kraft, Isabelle Picard)
3rd: Team Caribbean Surf Co. (Colin Butler, Gail Vento, Eric Walker)
4th: Team InterNashional (Shannon Falcone, Paula Lenny, Jimmy Spithill)
5th: Team Riviera (Lee Donovan, Brian Duff, Helga Goebel)
Only 3 weeks into 2014 and we already have a tradeshow and 1st race of the season under our belts. Last week we flew the Riviera Crew and Team out to Surf Expo in FL to show our retailers and the world our 2014 line up... Everything was well received including the Nugget, Riviera RP-Series Raceboards, redesigned Voyager and Voyager Classic, as well as some mind boggling custom shapes like the Double Ended Door for Ryan Helm aka "The Whirling Dervish".
After a few days of tradeshow food, air conditioning, and hotel life we loaded up the raceboards and split to Miami for the Orangebowl race. The race went well with Team Rider Thomas "Maximus" finishing 1st overall on his Unlimited, Helga Goebel placed 3rd on her RP-12'6", Ryan Helm took 4th on his RP-12'6", and Brandon Rambo had a great start on his RP-14' leading the race for a bit before having what he called "engine failure" He said the board was working great rocketing him out to the lead until he blew a motor, and fell back in the pack... After the race there was the sprints, where Taylor Rambo and Ryan helm both made the Final putting the RP-12'6" raceboard in 2nd (Taylor) and 3rd Place (Ryan)!
After the race we had some time to hangout and enjoy miami, and took a few photos of the team on their new Raceboards...
SUFTC art by Drew Brophy
TODAY is the last day to get online and pre-register for the event on May 4th, 2013, in Newport Beach! Don't miss out on this great event and great cause. There are 650+ Paddlers registered already, so it is sure to be a record breaking SUP event!
SIGN UP HERE - http://www.standup-for-the-cure.org/
The US SUP Tour invaded HB last weekend for some SUP racing and SUP Surf Competition. After our sucess at the Santa Cruz Shootout, we couldn't pass up another SUP Surf Contest. We had almost the whole team enter including Karl Ring, Tommy Lloy, Joe Aaron, Matthew Hughes, Drew Brophy, and Mike Baker... Even Christian Fletcher did the comp on his custom T. Patterson Rising Sun.
The comp saw good waves and some stacked competition. Our guys did well with Mike Baker winning the open division, and Tommy Lloy taking 3rd... Both on the T. Patterson Rising sun! Check out the video highlights and photos below!
Stand Up For The Cure is set for May 4th, 2013! Check out this video from last years event...
Stand Up For The Cure is only a month away. Once again Riviera Paddlesurf is the title sponsor, and we will be there in full force on May 4th. We will have boards/paddles available for rent for the day, as well as our full fleet of demo boards/paddles, so you can try out all the new boards for 2013. For more info on renting a board for the event contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SUFTC last year had more than 700 paddlers participate, and raised more than $60,000 to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation!
Make sure you sign up early HERE!
Last but not least, if you are in the market for a new paddleboard, we have made Stand Up For The Cure SUP's, and a portion of the proceeds are donated to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation! These SUFTC 10'6" Riviera boards are available now!
The SUP Awards has been a great event for the past 2 years, bringing everyone in the SUP community together to celebrate our sport of Stand Up Paddling, and congratulate key people helping the sport grow. SUP the Mag has posted all the acceptance speeches from the night on their website HERE.
We wanted to share these two speeches.
1st is the award for top Philanthropic effort. Stand Up For the Cure got the award and we were very proud to be a part of that great event this year and can't wait till next year. Don't miss it.The next award that we wanted to share was the 2012 SUP Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award given to Gerry Lopez. We couldn't be happier for Gerry, and it was good to hear from our friend and Shaper Ron House, tell stories of how they both got into SUP.