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.
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
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…
Only 3 weeks into 2014 and we already have a tradeshow and 1st race of the season under our belts. Last week we flew the Riviera Crew and Team out to Surf Expo in FL to show our retailers and the world our 2014 line up... Everything was well received including the Nugget, Riviera RP-Series Raceboards, redesigned Voyager and Voyager Classic, as well as some mind boggling custom shapes like the Double Ended Door for Ryan Helm aka "The Whirling Dervish".
After a few days of tradeshow food, air conditioning, and hotel life we loaded up the raceboards and split to Miami for the Orangebowl race. The race went well with Team Rider Thomas "Maximus" finishing 1st overall on his Unlimited, Helga Goebel placed 3rd on her RP-12'6", Ryan Helm took 4th on his RP-12'6", and Brandon Rambo had a great start on his RP-14' leading the race for a bit before having what he called "engine failure" He said the board was working great rocketing him out to the lead until he blew a motor, and fell back in the pack... After the race there was the sprints, where Taylor Rambo and Ryan helm both made the Final putting the RP-12'6" raceboard in 2nd (Taylor) and 3rd Place (Ryan)!
After the race we had some time to hangout and enjoy miami, and took a few photos of the team on their new Raceboards...
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.