This years Santa Monica race was a great event... It was a great turnout with a lot of paddlers showing up to participate in one of the few Surf Races of the year.
All of the races had their own highlights but we'll get straight to the best Part... Riviera's own Shae Foudy won! Shae has been ranked in the top 10-15 of womens SUP Racing for a little while now... Number 1 in our book... and proved to everyone that she will be a force to be reckoned with in the next few years. She finished 3rd in the 5 mile race behind Candice and Annabel. In the Surf Race she took the win convincingly with a pretty good lead coming in through the surf.
After the first event, we were hooked. The BOP is right in our backyard, and we became the Title Board Sponsor of the event and continued to do so for every Battle of the Paddle after.
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2010 Battle of the Paddle Hawaii.
2010 The BOP makes it's way to Hawaii. We were stoked to be at the event, and we had just sponsored Danny Ching and started making 404 Boards so it was great to see Danny win Both the Elite and Distance races which he continued to do for a few years.
2010 Battle of the Paddle Dana Point
2010 was a big year for the race. there were more participants than ever. Danny Ching went on again to take the win in both the elite and distance races.
2011 Battle of the Paddle Dana Point
2012 Battle of the Paddle Dana Point
2013 Battle of the Paddle Dana Point
2014 Battle of the Paddle Salt Creek
The BOP moves to Salt Creek... When word of the move hit the airwaves it wasn't well received, nervous and negative energy was creating a stir in the SUP world. We rallied together with some of the long time BOP supporters to make a video to support and promote this decision, and the event at Salt Creek turned out to be a huge success and a beautiful venue.
Operation Desert storm footage has finally been leaked. Operation Desert Storm... The 2015 Riviera Paddlesurf Sales Meeting was hosted at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, NV.
Riviera Employees & Sales Reps from all over the world flew in to test out the 2015 Boards, paddles, and learn about all our products... We also had the chance to race cars, crash cars, shoot guns, sail carts, and have a few meetings in between.
Brennan Rose surfing highlights from last weeks Santa Cruz Paddle Fest SUP Surf Contest at Steamer Lane. Brennan took the win in the Surf event and placed 2nd Place overall in the combined Surf and Race Results. Brennan is on a solid run of event results this year... His equipment is on point, and he has been putting in the time. It is easy to see from this video, he is fired up for the 2015 SUP Season.
In this video Brennan is riding the Riviera 7'5" El Tigre, and Riviera Bump 8" Paddle.
The Riviera Paddlesurf crew had a great weekend competing in the #santacruzpaddlefest. With Brennan Rose, Anthony Maltese, Joe Maltese, Mike Baker, Chris Brackett and Josiah Brackett competing in the SUP Surfing Shootout, Brennan Rose ended up taking 1st with the rest of the crew not far behind.
Brennan Rose and Shae Foudy also competed in the Covewater Surf City SUP Race where Shae took 3rd in the Women’s 12’6” Elite and Brennan took 6th in the Men’s 12’6” Elite.
With Brennan's strong results in the surf and race he ended up taking 2nd for The King of the Beach.
Thank you Santa Cruz Paddlefest!
A couple weeks ago we had a few days with enough wind for a mild downwinder from Dana Point to San Clemente State Park. Thomas Maximus made the call and rallied the crew to meet at the harbor. The wind was up just enough, and we got some good runners and stopped to catch a few waves at the outer reefs on the way through San Clemente.
Thomas Maximus Leading the charge.
Max Fleming on his RP-12'6" Raceboard.
Max Fleming swimming for his board after being caught inside at west reef.
Enjoy the VIDEO and the story below by: ROB ROJAS
Rob Rojas is not afraid of a challenge and proved it once again this past weekend when he paddled for 24hrs to raise money and awareness for Ocean of Hope. This drive to test himself is clearly in his blood with his 10 yr old son Conrad completing the first 23 miles of the paddle with Rob.
Rob Rojas -
This 24 hour paddle for Ocean of Hope has forever changed me. I am a different person today than I was before I took that first stroke on February 7.
The night before the paddle I didn't sleep very well. I woke up almost every hour as I was continually thinking about what the conditions were going to be like and how I was going to handle the different stages of fatigue both mentally and physically. I knew I was going to be well outside of my comfort zone but I also knew it was still way better than dealing with a cancer diagnosis and Chemotherapy treatments. In addition, I was also excited since my 10 year old son told me two days prior, he wanted to paddle the stretch from Newport Aquatic Center to Dana Point Harbor with me.
At 0430 the alarm went off. I woke up and started milling about the house getting all of the essentials ready. I woke up my son, C-Rad and off we went at 0545 to go meet Mike Muir and Scott Shannon from Riviera Paddlesurf in Dana Point Harbor, where they gave us a ride up to Newport. As we were driving up the coast the fog looked thick and the air was chilly.
The event started right when we arrived, where we met with Ocean of Hopes Aimee Spector and conducted an interview and immediately got on the water. At this point, my perspective changed when I met Wally Buckingham, Ocean of Hope Team Member, who is currently fighting cancer. Wally told me he was going to paddle with me that evening. His inspiration was my fuel.
C-Rad and I started making our way out of the harbor on our RP 14 and 12-6, where we rendered aid to a flipped surf ski paddler and then after that, started our trek down the coast to Dana. The ocean was a little bit confused due to the decent size West South West Swell that was hitting the coast. C-Rad remained strong and remained determined to finish this 23 mile portion of the 24 hour paddle. I can't even begin to say how impressed I was with his determination and mental strength. My son is my hero.
When we arrived in Dana Point, we were greeted by a multitude of family members, friends and supporters. One of our supporters, Jeanette Shue, brought a heaping pot of chicken long rice stew that hit the spot. I quickly downed about three bowls of the stew and continued on with the event inside of the harbor. Later in the evening, Erik Benitez cooked his world famous carnitas over an open fire and Mama C came at 3 am with her won ton soup. I would not have fared well if it were not for these amazing people.
The entire evening was filled with amazing people who supported me on my journey. It truly was a journey, where people came from all over and told me how cancer had affected their lives. I was getting messages on my phone from people who were communicating with me how cancer has affected them all evening. That was my fuel to keep going. The people who showed up at all hours of the night to paddle with me were my fuel to keep me going. The list is long and I am forever grateful.
I do have to give a special shout out to three friends of mine, Wally Buckingham, Wayne Buckingham, and Bill Kindel who showed up to paddle. Two of them are currently fighting cancer and kicking its ass while one has recently been declared cancer free. I couldn't imagine doing this while undergoing chemotherapy. Those three are my inspiration.
At 7 am, when I finished, I was greeted by a multitude of supporters and a nice Paddle Academy Pot Luck breakfast. I was exhausted and I was emotionally overwhelmed because the previous 24 hours was filled with people coming forward with their experiences, their recent victories against the disease, their currents battles, and their show of support for the cause.
I am now a changed man because of this event. Cancer affects us all and I know if we all get involved in some way shape of form, I know we will get that much closer to winning the war against the disease.
I am eternally grateful and very blessed to be a part of this community of people who care so much for each other.
I thank you all.
The Hano Hano is one of the largest races in SoCal, and attracted over 400 paddlers to Mission Bay this weekend to race SUP, Prone, Surf Ski, and Canoe's. The Hano Hano is the first major race in So Cal every year, and a fun one to get back into racing after the holidays and winter break.
The Riviera Team headed down to race and enjoy the 80* January Weather. The Team had great finishes in almost every Class.
1st: Thomas Maximus - TEAM RIVIERA
1st - Tamas 'Tommy' Buday Jr.
2nd - Chance Fielder - TEAM RIVIERA
3rd - Noa Hopper
4th - Chase Kosterlitz
5th - Daniel Russell - TEAM RIVIERA
6th - Ryan Murphy - TEAM RIVIERA
7th - Anthony Vela
8th - Rob Rojas - TEAM RIVIERA
9th - Brent Campbell
10th - Karl Ring
11th - Zibi Wadzynski
12th - Taylor Rambo - TEAM RIVIERA
1st - Candice Appleby
2nd - Kristina Zur
3rd - Shae Foudy - TEAM RIVIERA
1st - Dave Boehne
2nd - Nick Scheel - TEAM RIVIERA
3rd - Tyler Bashor
4th - Max Fleming - TEAM RIVIERA
Shae on her way to a 3rd Place Finish.
The Pain Killer Cup this year in the British Virgin Islands was an awesome event. The race is a 14 mile relay that ends at the Soggy Dolar bar. A few Riviera Paddlers made the trip down including Shelby Taylor, Garret Fletcher, and Ryan Helm. Garret Teamed up with Isabelle Picard, and Bill Kraft to take second place... Shelby Taylor, and Ryan Helm teamed up with Bicho Jimenez to take the win and the $5000 check! Not bad for a few hours paddling in paradise. Way to go Team!
Check out the below videos on the event. More to come.
Second Place Team, Garret Fletcher, Isabelle Picard, and Bill Kraft...
Shelby Taylor, Welcome to the Team! Shelby has been a top female finisher for the past couple years at races all over the world. She divides her time in Kentucky, and Sayulita Mexico where she Trains and Races with the Standup Mexico crew including Javier "Bicho" Jimenez, and fellow Riviera Team Rider Ryan Helm.
Here's a look at our 2014 Highlights, and all the good times we had paddling! Thanks to our Retailers, Team Riders, Customers and everyone else for a great year! Bring on 2015...
- Riviera Paddlesurf
By Brandon Rambo:
It all started with a call from Twon (Anthony Maltese). We just got back from an epic day trip up to North County/Ventura area where we completely scored and the boys were already looking for the swell ahead. Zone 6 is very fickle when it comes to weather conditions so after double checking Twon's forecasting skills it looked like Tuesday was on. Wind was the best it can get with 4-6 offshore winds forecasted all day with a rising swell 6-8ft @ 18secs. We were a bit early for the swell but surfing overhead waves with only your friends and a few angry seals is what we live for.
Looking forward to the next mission.
^ Gas'n up the boat before the long trek south of the border.
^ Getting boards ready before the first session of the day.. weather was 75 with light off shores.. It was a scramble to get in the water with not a human in sight.
^ Brennan Rose sizing up a nice little inside section.. It took some waiting but the right ones had a makable tube section.
^ Brennan Rose and Twon splitting a nice peak on the outside reef.
^ This is me on a nice little drop. Conditions were perfect. Crew was hoping for a bit more size but with zero crowds and light off shores there were nothing but smiles.
The IronMana event is one we have heard about for a few years... This year team riders Thomas "Maximus" Shahinian, and Ruth Vessler decided to make the trip to Tahiti to test their strength in the tough 4 day event.
They arrived in Tahiti and met up with Heifara of Riviera Paddlesurf Tahiti who got them all set up with Riviera RP-14' raceboards to race for the week.
The event is a whirlwind of SUP, Swim, and prone paddling races throuought the day ending on the 4th day with a 32K SUP Race... Yes, 32K of flat water! A true test of the athletes who participated. Thomas Ended up placing 6th overall in the 4 day event, not bad for his first Swim and Prone races. Ruthy had some great finishes placing 5th overall in the womens division. Check out some of these highlight videos... Maybe next year?
We are excited to officially welcome Talia to the Team, she is an incredible athlete and ambassador for the sport, and we’re honored to have her representing our brand. Nakoa is also a great addition to the team. He’s an accomplished big wave surfer & personal trainer. He and Talia will be traveling the world in 2015 sharing their passion for the water, health, and fitness.” For more info on their clinics and travels check out their website beyondthewater.org/
We'd like to welcome Garrett Fletcher, the newest addition to the Riviera Pro Team. He's a talented racer, and we are stoked to have him part of the Riviera Family. Garrett has had a string of 1st place finishes over the past 2 years, and this weekend he placed 2nd to Ryan Helm in the WPA Championships Distance Race... A great start considering it was his first race on the Riviera RP-14'.
A few days after Battle of the Paddle, we headed down to one of our favorite SUP Spots in san clemente and got a few clips. Brandon is surfing a Custom 7' El Tigre, and Ryan Helm is surfing a Custom DOOR 2.0.... We're not sure if what Ryan is doing can be called surfing or some hybrid between paddling, skimboarding, skateboarding, and surfing.
For inquiries about Riviera Custom Boards contact: Custom@Rivierapaddlesurf.com