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"
The Cali Coastal Relay was awesome... Nice weather, and the team paddled hard almost sweeping every division! The RP-Series Raceboards were motoring...
Team Riviera Finished:
1st Place 14' Mens - Chance Feilder, Ryan Murphy - 2:52:03
1st Place 12'6" Mens - Taylor Rambo, Brian Haag- 3:04:35
1st Place 12'6" Womens - Shae Foudy, Jennifer Humboldt - 3:38:27
1st Place OC2 Long Course - Thomas Maximus, Team California -4:52:51
1st Place Under 17 girls -Erika Benitez, Lexi Alston
2nd Place Under 17 girls - Alex Higginson, Jade Howson
It was a big weekend for Team Riviera! Ryan Helm won the Beachboy Classic for the second year in a row, and Helga Goebel took the win for the women. Helga had a great race, beating 2/3 of the men on her 12'6". Austin Hollingshead also had a strong showing placing 8th on his RP-14'... Not bad for 15 years old!
The Santa Cruz Shoot out once again was awesome. There were challenging windy, rainy conditions for the race, but the Riviera Team paddled well with Ryan Helm 3rd Place, Brennan Rose 7th Place, Ryan Murphy 8th Place... The RP-12'6" raceboards were moving!
The surf event at Steamer Lane saw incredible conditions for the final day with 6-8ft face sets rolling through. All the boys surfed great with 2 Riviera Team riders making the final! Ryan Helm took 2nd Place on his Riviera 8' Door and Sales Manager Brandon Rambo took 3rd Place on his 7'10" Machete!
Ryan Helm's combined scores put him in 1st place overall for the weekend followed by Slater Trout, and Chuck Glynn.
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
Congrats to Riviera team rider Ryan Helm for his performance in both the Surf contest and Races this past weekend in Sayulita, Mexico... Ryan took second Place in both the Surf Race, and the Distance race on his RP-12'6" raceboard. He went on to win the SUP Surf contest on the Double Ended 8' Door!!! Way to go Ryan! Ryan is very passionate about the door design like we are, and we see a bright future for the DOOR... It enables you to go shorter and narrower than you ever thought possible with no lack of performance.
Ryan and Fernando battling for second place!
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 Hal Rosoff Classic went off this past weekend with great weather and perfect conditions for a flatwater race. Team Riviera had a great showing on the all new RP-Series Raceboards. The RP-14' and RP-12'6 are becoming the boards to beat here in SoCal and proving that they are among the fastest raceboards on the water.
The race site at NAC (newport Aquatic center) is a great place for a race, and there is a lot of history there. It is nice to have an event that welcomes experienced paddlers as well as the kids just getting into the sport.
Besides the adults on Team Riviera, the Junior team "The Paddle Academy" did great as well with all the kids having great races and pushing themselves... Their training with coach Mike Eisert has definetly been paying off and all the kids are really progressing at every race.
Unlimited Class - 1st Thomas Maximus - Team Riviera
1st Belar Diaz
2nd Sean Pangelinan
3rd Taylor Rambo - Team Riviera - RP-14' x 25"
4th Rob Rojas - Team Riviera - RP-14' x 25"
1st Karl Ring - Team Riviera - RP-12'6" x 28"
2nd Daniel Russel - Team Riviera - RP-12'6" x 26"
1st - Kristin Thomas
2nd - Shae Foudy - Team Riviera - RP-12'6 x 26"
It’s been almost a year to the day since our last trip to our secret southern destination. Amazingly almost the same circumstances repeated themselves as last year when we were coming back from Surf Expo and the waves and the weather were lining up just right for our yet un-named surf spot.
First Swell - Jan 19-20th
- Started tracking the swell at surf expo. waves/weather were looking good.
- Crew was solid. A group of local SC guys. Teddy, Dennis, Anthony Brandon and Eric as our photographer.
- First swell was to hit Sunday night and Monday morning. We were all set for an overnight trip to our beloved secret spot.
- Arrived at 11am on Sunday to perfect double overhead surf with slight off shore conditions. We were stoked.
- After about a 5-hour session we headed to a sheltered cove for the night.
- BBQ pork sandwiches were for dinner but we spotted a local a local lobster fisherman and were able to barter 6 beers for 8 lobster. We ate like kings. I think we got the better end of the deal.
- To our surprise the swell was massive with buoy readings of 8ft @ 15sec in the outer water.
- We surfed our selves out on epic glassy waves, good time were had by all.
Second Swell Sat Jan 25th.
- As soon as I got home I looked at some swell models and another Monster swell was on the horizon. Hawaii was maxed out with only jaws being ride able. After a quick phone call to our Team Rider Jeff Clark who confirmed my suspicions on the swell size and letting me know they were going to be running the Mavericks invitational, I knew this could be a Big one.
- Swell and weather were looking insane! After our warm up the weekend before, I sent a chain text to the same crew letting them know to get ready for a 4; 30am departure on SAT. And the response from the boys "Hell yes"
- On the way out the buoys were reading even bigger! Swell 9-11ft @17 sec. It was on….
- Arrived at the break around 9.30am to perfect oily conditions with slight off shore winds, Waves were pumping in at the triple over head plus range.
- We all got smoking incredible rides, surfed for about 5 hrs. and were completely spent by 3pm. Nothing but beers and stories of the day on the boat ride home. We raced the sun back to Dana Point trying to get in before it set. We were elated that we had been so lucky to have all the elements line up and make for such an amazing surf session.
Stay tuned for our next adventure…