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!
We debuted the Jeff Clark 9’6” and 10’6” SUP Gun’s at the Surf Expo, but before we put them into production, Jeff wanted to do some more testing in at least double over head tubes in the shark infested, frigid waters of the north.
approves… Get ready to see this
board at Mavericks this winter!
The Jeff Clark 9’6” and 10’6” will be available early 2014.
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.
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/
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!
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!
Here are some video highlights of our trip to Santa Cruz. Surfing by Riviera,T. Patterson team rider Tommy Lloy, and Riviera Sales Manager Brandon Rambo.
Photos from the Shootout! Team Riders Tommy Lloy, Brandon Rambo, Taylor Rambo, Drew Brophy, and Jeff Clark...
SUP Surf steamer lane with 4 of your friends... Yes please.
Making the trip north for the Santa Cruz Shootout was an easy decision, we made some calls and got the crew together including Drew Brophy, Mike Baker, Tommy Lloy, Erik Anderson, Brandon Rambo, and Taylor Rambo and headed North. We departed San Clemente at around 4am with about 10 SUP boards 2 trucks and all the gear. We stopped at a few spots looking for surf and ended up getting some stormy surf before Big Sur.
We arrived in Santa Cruz that afternoon and had a quick session at the lane. The next morning we met up with Jeff Clark and checked the surf. The waves were perfect, and we couldn't believe they were gonna let a bunch of stand up paddlers run heats all day. We won't bore you with the details but all the boys placed first in their heats so we headed north to find some waves to ourselves. We went to a spot Jeff knew and there was tons of swell, but it was stormy with 25kt onshore winds... It looked cold and dark but there was still 1 guy and 2 whales out in the lineup. Brandon, Jeff Clark, and Drew Brophy paddled out for a few waves then called it a day.
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Since we posted Part 1 of the Ecuador trip, the crew made it back to California with thousands of photos and a ton of video. Here is a couple of our favorite shots from the trip...Stay tuned for the video!
We are proud to announce the newest members to the Riviera Family, The Brother team "Joe Aaron" and "Jordan Thomas" known as the "JOJO BROS". The JOJO Bros are accomplished Longboarders, Artists, Designers, and the list goes on... Check out their team page HERE, and for more info on their art and other ventures check out JOJOBROS.com
Here is a short clip they put together riding the 2013 Riviera 9'2" NUGG. The redesigned NUGG is becoming the board of choice for our team riders because it is great for nose riding.
Drew Brophy isn't afraid of huge waves or long drives, so we weren't surprised when he made the trip up to Oregon for the Nelscott Reef Challenge. Below are some photos and video from his trip, with captions by Drew.
Drew on a bomb... Nelscott Reef, video by Bruce Topp. (Drew riding the Ron House 10'6" Gun.)
Tommy Lloy on his T. Patterson 8'2 Rising Sun.
Erik sent us a few photos last night and this message...
"Killing it here in Ecuador. Here are a few shots for the blog. The weather has not been cooperating. Surf and good weather appear to be on the horizon though. Went north today to find a few different waves. Scouted spots for the coming swell."
Stay Tuned for more updates on the trip!
Brandon on his Custom 8'2 Machete
What sets this board apart from a traditional SUP is it's Durability, Size, and Weight.
The Riviera Inflatable is the board of choice for River paddlers and Boaters where bouncing of rocks is mandatory. This go anywhere cruiser comes in at 21Lbs & 28Lbs in backpack with Pump and Repair Kit, making it perfect for travel.
Check out this video of Thomas making quick work of the 1.8 Mile ride up to Angora Lake with his inflatable SUP and Paddle.