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.
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.
It may look like we are just driving the boat in circles, but it is much more fun than it sounds. After a few months without any good downwind conditions, we had to get creative... So, Last Sunday a few of the Riviera Junior Paddlers paddled out of Laguna to meet up with The Riviera Gunship for some SUP Wakesurfing. The Boat puts off about 10 Knee-Waist high wakes that are fun to surf on raceboards. This video was shot on an iPhone at the spur of the moment, Stay tuned for next time, we'll have more paddlers, more drones, and more go pros.
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...
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.
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
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 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
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.