The Battle of the Paddle as always, was an incredible event! This years venue at Salt Creek was beautiful, and challenging for the elite and novice paddlers. A 4-6' south swell made the starts interesting, testing paddlers surfing, and ocean paddling skills.
The weather couldn't have been better with 74* water, no wind all weekend, with 90* days, it was hard to believe it is Fall in California.
All the paddlers on Team Riviera including the groms have been training up for this event all summer, and it payed off...
Full results are below, but some of the standouts were Rob Rojas taking the overall distance race win on the all new RP-19'7"-UNLIMITED Raceboard, followed in second by Brennan Rose on the same RP-19'7".
Ryan Helm had a solid finish in saturday's Elite Race taking 18th Place in the stacked elite race Final.
Shae Foudy had an impressive showing, proving that she is a force to be reckoned with in the coming years, taking 11th in the 12'6 Elite Race, and 5th in the distance race on the RP-14'. Way to go Shae!
Riviera's own Brandon Rambo(Sales Manager) and Taylor Rambo (shaper/Designer) also had great finishes, making it to the elite race finals! Pictured above is Brandon Rambo hitting the Eject button on a solid one in heat 2 of the Elite qualifiers... We saw plenty of this going on throught the day!
15 yr old Nick Scheel had an impressive showing, making it to the finals in the Elite race!
Max Fleming (Above) punching through the surf in the Open Race on Saturday for a 3rd Place finish on his RP-12'6" in the Mens 18 & under Division!