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'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'.
The 2014 WPA Paddle Championships went off this weekend at St. Pete Beach in Florida. The Riviera Team showed up to support, and race in the 2 day event. Day one of the event Ryan helm took 2nd Place to Danny Ching in the Men's Elite Race putting a Riviera RP-14' on the Podium.
In the Womens Elite Race Helga Goebel on her RP-12'6" took 2nd Place.
Day 2 of the event was the distance race... Ryan Helm and Garret Fletcher went 1 and 2 putting 2 Riviera's on the podium. In the womens Distance Race, Helga Goebel took another second place finish!
Dave From Longboard House testing out the new Riviera Fishing SUP.
Men's Elite Race
1st - Danny Ching
2nd - Ryan Helm - TEAM RIVIERA
3rd - Chase Kosterlitz
Womens Elite Race
1st - April Zilg
2nd - Helga Goebel - TEAM RIVIERA
3rd - Kimberly Barnes
Men's Elite Distance Race
1st - Ryan Helm - TEAM RIVIERA
2nd - Garret Fletcher - TEAM RIVIERA
3rd - Kieran Grant
Womens Elite Distance Race
1st - April Zilg
2nd - Helga Goebel - TEAM RIVIERA
3rd - Kimberly Barnes
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!
There was no shortage of events this weekend here in So Cal. So Many that we'll have to break all the news in small portions...
So Here it goes...
Friday as usual is pretty busy at Riviera Headuarters... Team riders are stopping by to get geared up for the weekends events. Brennan Rose came by to grab a new RP-14' for the Tahoe 22Miler Race on Sunday, and Rob Rojas came by to retro fit his BUMP Paddles with the Choke Hold Paddle Handle, and Shae was here picking up her 12'6" for the Surf Race on Saturday. Now, we patiently wait for Saturday.
As saturday started for us at the Camp SUP Event at Doheny Beach, we kept hearing news of the racing going on at Camp Pendleton... "Nick Scheel won it!"
Nick is an up and coming racer from here in San Clemente, and at 15 yrs old he is already giving the older paddlers a run for their money, and this weekend taking their money... $500 to be exact placing 1st on his RP-12'6" over Sean Pangelian, and Byron Kurt. Way to go Nick!
Another Grom Paddler to take the win over the adults was Jade Howson, taking 1st in her division, and Jamie Donelly taking 3rd in the womens Elite 12'6" on her RP-12'6" Raceboard.
Mean while at Camp SUP the event is going great, small waves make for a perfect demo day. We had a bunch of new paddlers on the Coastal Cruiser, Riviera 10'6", and 9'2" NUGG... And the Groms are loving the 8' NUGGET, and the 7' SCOUT. It's awesome to see the kids carrying their own boards and paddling right out through the surf.
Next, we hear Shae Foudy took second Place in the SURF Race! Shae has been progressing lately, and her hardwork, and surf experience payed off!
Sunday Begins with the US SUP Tour Surf Event at Huntington Beach Pier. We had a few paddlers in the event on Riviera SUP's... Anthony Maltese, Nick Ventresca, Taylor Rambo, and Brandon Rambo. The boys did well with Brandon Rambo getting a 3rd place in the Semi Finals!
The girls did even better with Riviera Team Rider Sophia Barlow taking her 3rd consecutive win at the US SUP Tour! Way to go Sophia!!!! And Congrats to Max Flemming for taking 2nd in the open Men's SUP Cross Race.
Next we hear news of the 22 Mile Race across Lake Tahoe ... Not suprisingly, Rob is in the lead on the fastest board on the planet, the RP-19'7"-Unlimited Raceboard... Brennan Rose racing his RP-14' is in the lead pack of 3 paddlers with Jay Wild, and Ben Sarrazin.
The race goes on and Rob takes the win on his unlimited, and Brennan Rose finishes 3rd in the 14' Class. Brennan and Rob both take the series victory becoming $2000 richer! That should cover gas for their 5 trips to Tahoe this summer... well most of it at least.
See you next weekend.
Your Board is Ready!... A phrase that everyone likes to hear, and this week, we have been saying it alot. The US Made Raceboards for the BOP have been coming out of the glass shop all week, and our team, and stoked customers have been stopping in to touch and feel their new boards.
Why go custom? With our custom boards, we can make subtle changes to our race or surf models to give you that edge in performance. Not to mention we can make them extremely light... All the carbon raceboards for the BOP have been around 16.2-18Lbs! Brian Haag's 12'6" pictured above was 16.2Lbs, and the lightest 12'6" we've ever made.
Last week a few of the Riviera Team Racers... Thomas Maximus, Chance Feilder, and Shae Foudy, headed up to Oregon for the Gorge Paddle Challenge. It was a long weekend of racing with a course race on saturday and two 8 mile Downwind races on sunday. Times from sunday were combined for the event total!
The team paddled well with Shae Foudy taking 8th Place Overall in the womens division on her RP-12'6"! Way to go Shae!
Thomas took 19th Overall on sunday in the 16 Mile combined double downwinder... Great finish in such a competitive group of racers.
In our quest to innovate, and refine every Riviera Board, Paddle, and Paddling accesory... We came up with the "CHOKE HOLD" Paddle Handle... The Choke Hold is great for those who like to choke down on the paddle in sprints or into the wind for added torque in your stroke.
The "Choke Hold" is easily added to your existing paddle... The Choke Hold is longer than a typical handle, So you can cut below your existing handle and add the new Choke Hold without having to shorten your overall paddle length.
This Handle fits all Riviera SUP paddles excluding the kids models. This handle will also fit any other brand paddle with a 29mm diameter shaft.
Since the beginning of SUP there has been a slow but steady growth in the amount of young kids taking to the water on SUP's. In the last year or two we have seen that slow growth hit the ceiling and explode into the atmosphere!!! Almost every event we go to there are so many groms racing and surfing it is incredible. It shows a bright future for our sport of SUP, and brings some fun and excitement to every event. You should have seen how many kids were participating in Race the Lake of the Sky last weekend! We put together a gallery below of some of the groms participating in Race the Lake of the Sky!
We made our first Grom Boards in 2006, and now in 2014 have a full lineup for the kids.
This year introduced new Raceboards... The Youth RP-Series 12'6" x 24" and 11' x 24" Raceboards.
In the Paddle realm, we have the Kids Sprout Paddle available with a fixed shaft, or an adjustable for the kids who choose to grow out of their toys. We also have an aluminium kids paddle, The "Seal" which has the same adjustability and 6.5" blade as the Sprout. The Seal's Aluminim shaft and Plastic Blade is extremely durable... Digging holes with this paddle is still not encouraged, but it can take a serious beating.
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.
Too see more Pictures of the event CLICK HERE for our facebook Gallery
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.
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 RP-17'-CAT Unlimited has been something we have wanted to build for a few years now. Although the CAT SUP is nothing new, it is still something you don't see all the time. For Questions regarding the RP-17-CAT contact Taylor - Custom@rivierapaddlesurf.com
The RP-17 CAT is very efficient, incredibly stable, Tracks straight, and was designed for flatwater.
The first few SUP Cat's ever built were made by Ron House in 2007, and we still have them. See Below...
For Questions regarding the RP-17-CAT contact Taylor - Custom@rivierapaddlesurf.com
Introducing the Riviera RP-19.7-UL (Unlimited)...
Ninteen Feet Seven Inches of Carbon Fiber, EPS Foam, and Epoxy for when Speed Matters. Tipping the scales at 25Lbs, the RP-UL is in the running for the fastest SUP on the water. Look for this Board in the future to be piloted by Rob Rojas and Thomas Maximus...
Rob Rojas, Had this to say of the RP-19.7-UL
"I christen thee "Gnarwahl". I know the correct spelling is Narwhal but I have my reasons. Many say the Narwhal is the unicorn of the sea, but I say the Unicorn is the Narwhal of fairy tail land. There are children's books about unicorns but very few about narwhals you know why? Because Narwhals are bada$$!!! Thank you Riviera Paddlesurf for creating "The Gnarwahl." Unleash your inner DORK!!!" - Rob Rojas
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"