As told by Erik Anderson...
Lots has happened since our last update. We made it Qui Nhon and found a weird little wedge on private resort property. Got a few shots there and explored the coast just north of the city. It was an interesting landscape consisting of sand dunes which is a stark contrast to the jungle scenery we have grown used to. In our journey north we found a couple beautiful bays with empty playful surf. On of which we were quickly removed from due to future hotel plans and their fear of bad publicity should something happen to us while surfing. Outside of the well established tourist towns, people are fearful of us entering the water while there is surf. I did manage to get a few shots off though before we got kicked out of the first spot. After that we loaded the van up and headed back to the first bay we checked and were greeted with open arms and curiosity by the local community and local fisherman. Both Bays offered playful surf with ideal shooting conditions.
After this exploration we made our way to Ha Long bay. Beautiful picturesque landscape perfect for exploring on our Riviera Nugget and NUGG Turbo. This place is unlike anywhere I have seen before. The pictures speak for them selves!
During the time we were exploring Ha Long Bay, a heavy storm made landfall in Qui Nhon. The airport there was shut down for 2 days and it was looking like we would be stuck in Hanoi for longer than expected. In a last minute decision we decided to skip over Qui Nhon, leave half our bags and boards, and fly to Nha Trang. This is the most touristy beach cities we have been to yet. We had done some research on waves and swell to the best of our ability given limited swell charts and maps. We are awaiting the arrival of new swell expected to peak Tuesday night/ Wednesday morning. As i am writing this the winds are blowing, the swell is building and the rain is coming. We will try a protected cove today and see what we come up with. Stay tuned for further updates!
Riviera Team Rider, and AquaHombre Numero Uno Tommy Lloy is traveling to Vietnam for surf and adventure... We asked him if he spoke any vietnamese, and he said "Sí", then we asked him where he was staying... "Sí"... Good thing he has Photographer Erik Anderson, and his Vietnamese speaking girlfriend to point him in the right direction. He brought his SUP, and Surf quiver including his 9'2" Turbo Nugg, his new favorite SUP surfboard the 8' Nugget, a couple BUMP Paddles, and his T. Patterson Shortboards. Stay tuned for more updates on his trip here on the Blog, or on Riviera's Facebook.
The 2013 Chattajack 31 miler saw some tough conditions with temperatures below freezing before the race start.
It was so cold, Thomas "Maximus" broke his only wardrobe requirement, that all his shirts must be "Sleeveless, Always". Despite the cold it was a good race, a long race, with about 140 paddlers crossing the finish on all types of paddle crafts.
Congrats to Riviera team rider Thomas "Maximus" for winning 1st Overall and setting a new course record time of 4:49:09. Thomas was paddling his Custom 19' Unlimited using the Riviera 8.5" BUMP Paddle.
The BOP this year was huge... Again. We had a great time at the beach demoing all our boards and Racing and cheering on the Team. Team Riviera had a great showing, and we couldn't be happier with the new raceboards! In the Elite race team rider Ryan Helm took 11th place on the new RP-12'6" beating some of the top names in the sport! Ryan went on to take a 2nd place overall finish in the distance race in the unlimited class. Danny Ching once again made the podium with a 3rd Place in the elite final, and 2nd in the elite distance race on his 404 Zeedonk. Even Riviera Sales manager Brandon Rambo and Riviera Shaper Taylor Rambo had a good race making it to the elite race final!
Also a huge congratulations to the Riviera Junior team!
Junior Team Race Results....
- 1st 18 Under Boy - Max Fleming
- 1st 10 Under Girl - Alex Higgins
- 2nd 12 Under Girl - Juliet Clark
- 62nd/64th and 65th (14 to 16 year old kids) - Daniel, Nick and Jimmy
- 21st and 24th - Shae and Alleanna (both within striking distance of making Final)
Junior Elite Race:
- 2nd 14 Under Boy - Max
- 2nd 14 Under Girl - Shae
- 3rd 14 Under Girl - Alleanna
- 1st 10 Under Girl - Alex
- 3rd 12 Under Girl - JuJu
- 1st 18 Under Girl (14' Class) - Shae
- 3rd 18 Under Girl (12' Class) - Alleanna
- 10th/11th and 16th 18 Under Boys (12' Class) - Daniel, Jimmy and Nick
Riviera was approached a few months ago with the idea by Rick Stinson, a tennis coach and DHHS graduate. The need for boards and a place to store them was a small hurdle, but we were able to collaborate with The Dana Outrigger Canoe Club for a place to store the SUP's, and we offered to donate 10 Riviera 10'6" SUP's, and paddles for the kids to use during class.
Stinson is a SUP racer and a surfer himself and wanted to bring his love of the sport to his students.
“I grew up surfing and that’s a sport you can do forever. [Standup] is a a life-long sport too,” Stinson says. “I wanted to give that to these students.”
He’ll do just that, twice a week in hour-and-a-half block periods, introducing students to training regimes, board styles and the different disciplines of the the sport. 24 paddlers showed up for the first class, ranging in experience from seasoned racers to first-time paddlers. An afternoon sea breeze made conditions tough for the first on-water class but the students were ready and willing to have at it.
“Conditions were a little breezy,” Mike Skelly, a Hobie lifestyle athlete who was helping out with the class, says. “But they all took it in stride. Everyone got on the board and paddled despite the conditions.”
Some of the more advanced students helped beginners or cruised farther afield. Skelly and Stinson raced around the harbor and checked on the groups as they figured things out. It was hard not to be jealous of the students and teachers alike, sliding over the cool green water. You couldn’t ask for a better classroom.
As you may know, the Battle of the Paddle is weeks away... The BOP has become the biggest race in SUP, and we are proud to have been the Title board sponsor for the past 3 years. Chances are you are going to be there to participate, or just witness the carnage.
Below is every BOP video we have made since the first one in 2009... Who would have thought a stand up paddling race would be so exciting. Enjoy!2009 - The First Battle! 2010 - Battle of the Paddle Hawaii - Part 1 2010 - Battle of the Paddle Hawaii - Part 2 2010 - Battle of the Paddle CA 2011 - Battle of the Paddle CA 2012 - Battle of the Paddle CA
Here is some of the new products you can look forward to seeing in 2014!
New Riviera Raceboards!... We have been working hard with our team on new raceboard designs over the past year, and we are really happy with the new RP-14' and the RP-12'6's. Our racing boards are ever evoling and at the moment, these are the fastest boards we have ever made. 14 x 27" & 25", and 12'6 x 28" & 26" widths will be available in 2014. Available for Custom orders Now! Email us with any questions at - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Yoga Mat is a Yoga specific SUP, not just an SUP that you can do yoga on. The wide nose and tail packs in a ton of stability and volume creating a compact and sturdy platform for practicing yoga.
For 2014 the Voyager has been refined making it more effecient. In addition to the standard Voyager construction, We will be offering the Voyager Classic with a wood veneer deck and a variety of colors.
The Door is our interpretation of a Mini Simmons style surfboard shape. About as stable as a traditional SUP 2 feet longer, the Door is designed to make small waves fun. We have also found it is a great board for kids, small enough for them to carry themselves and is plenty stable.
We made the trip out to Utah for the Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow last week... We have a few new additions for the 2014 lineup that we are excited to debut. Below are a few pictures from the show.
1 of 5 Riviera Art Series Paddles Riviera Booth!
Have you ordered your custom raceboard for Battle of the Paddle yet? 22 Lb 14' raceboard.... 14 Lb SUP Surfboard.... Hmmmm....
With our US-made Custom SUP Program we can tailor any of our shapes to your size and preference. You also have the option to change colorways, and glass schedules. Browse our available shapes HERE or contact us with any questions regarding custom Riviera SUP's and we can help pick the right board for you. Ask us what our Team is riding!
Email us with any questions at - email@example.com
Check out this video from the Puerto Rico Magazine Mundo Rad covering the 2013 SUP Fest. Our spanish is a bit rusty but it sounds like they're saying "it was a great event, my Riviera paddle was hooking up great, huge turn out, can't wait till next year"... Congrats to Riviera team rider Adrian Garcia for taking 1st in the 12'6 Elite class on his 12'6" Zeedonk, and special thanks to Riviera's Puerto Rico contigent Verde Azul for all they're support! If you are in Puerto Rico and need anything SUP related, check them out... http://verdeazulpr.com/
First Thing first. We got the new Turbo NUGG's in stock! Light Glass Job, New Colors, 5 Fins, More Fun, New 2013 NUGG Shape.
Team Riviera/Dana traveled to the Big Island to compete in The Olamau. 100 Mile Unlimited Canoe Race. The Overall Times aren't in Yet but They finished 9th Day 1, 6th Day 2, and 8th Day 3. Way to Go Boys!
Oh Yeah, we also got the BUMP Paddles in! The BUMP is the newest addition to the Riviera Paddles line, and features the ERGO Grip handle, Layered Carbon Weave shaft, and satin finish. Have a scope.
404 SUP and Riviera Paddles Team Rider Brian Haag recently made a trip down to baja. As you can see from the picture above, Brian has the ultimate Baja rig and is not afraid to use it... Check out the photos below of Brian scoring good surf and exploring Baja Mex. Like always, we'd love to share the GPS coordinates of these spots, but when you find it yourself it will be that much better!
Stand Up for the Cure 2013 was Huge! If you missed it this year, you have to get there next year. Why is it so fun? Well, because fun is what this event is all about. In all our years of hosting events, and demos, we have never had so many people out on paddleboards for their first time. With all the racing and surf contests going on lately it was nice to get out on the water with 800 of our closest friends an just go for a paddle... Did we mention this years Stand up for the Cure raised more than $40,000 on saturday. We would like to thank Dan Van Dyck, Judie Vivian, and the whole crew at SUFTC for a great event, as well as all the participants, sponsors, and teams that rallied together to raise money and awareness for The Susan G Komen Foundation.
Also a huge congratulations to The SUP Chicks So-Cal for their team effort in raising $20,000!!! Check them out below with their Giant Check! Great Job Sup Chicks!
Here's a look at one of Drew Brophy's latest projects... He painted 2 Ron House 12'6" Coastal Cruisers for his Sponsor Keen Footwear's Offices in Oregon. Below you can see photos of the paintings from start to finish. If you look closely you can see Drew dropping in on the RH Coastal Cruiser!
Photo: Larry Beard
Last weekend we headed down Puerto Rico for the Rincon Beachboy event. It was a great turnout with over 250 paddlers in attendance. The Riviera Team did well in the race, and had a great time hanging out with the Verde Azul crew. They showed us around PR, we did some exploring, and even got in a downwinder. Puerto Rico is a beautiful place, and we can't wait to come back...
Thomas Maximus 4th place mens elite 14 on his new T-Max 14'
Adrian Garcia 3rd place mens elite 12.6
Brandon Rambo 6th place mens elite 12.6
Bryan 1st place in Grom race.
Check out a video recap of the event here! https://vimeo.com/64200256
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!
So we have been inspired to play with some new shapes, and this is what we came up with. The Fridge, The Double Ender, The Door, The Tongue Depresser. We haven't picked a name yet but we like the shape. It is very stable, super short, Lightweight, low rocker makes it fast in soft mushy waves, it is very skaty when surfing, and nose rides great, all the ingredients that make a small wave destroyer.