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.
Round the Rock went off last weekend, with awesome weather which made for great race conditions. Riviera Team Riders Chance Fielder, and Thomas 'Maximus' were in attendance to race and explore Seattle. They did not dissapoint, setting course records in both the Unlimited Class, and 14' Division... Way to go boys!
Round the rock has been one of our favorite events of the year for the past few years... If you missed it this year, make room on the calendar for next year!
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!
The Carolina CUP... One of the East Coasts biggest SUP Race, did not disapoint! The competition was stacked, and the variety of conditions made the 12.5 Mile "Graveyard" course challenging to say the least... Huge congratulations to 404 Team Rider Danny Ching for taking his second consecutive Carolina Cup win with a 4 Minute lead over 2nd Place finisher Eric Terrien. Danny Ching proving once again he is a force to be reckoned with especially considering he was fresh off his MOLOKA'I SOLO Win just a week before.
“The Graveyard” Men’s Elite Race
Distance: 12.5 miles
1st: Danny Ching (2:14:40) - Team 404
2nd: Eric Terrien (2:18:40)
3rd: Jamie Mitchell (2:19:42)
4th: Chase Kosterlitz (2:21:32)
5th: Ryan Helm (2:23:59)
6th: Matt Becker (2:24:17)
7th: Nick Leason (2:29:23)
8th: Thomas Maximus (2:30:28) - Team Riviera
9th: Larry Cain (2:30:51)
10th: Jeramie Vaine (2:31:05)
11th: Jim Terrell (2:31:30)
12th: Belar Diaz (2:32:02)
13th: Tyson Poppler (2:32:13)
14th: Matthew McDonald (2:32:25)
15th: Charlie Howden (2:34:04)
16th: Brandon Rambo (2:37:30) - Team Riviera
17th: Rami Zur (2:38:50)
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.
Danny Ching on the cover of SUP the Mag! Pick up a copy to read the full story.
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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!
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
Congrats to Danny Ching 404 Team Rider/Owner for winning the 2012 Paddle Royal race in San Juan Puerto Rico, and Candice Appleby for taking 1st in the womens class.
"Great race in puerto rico. Stoked to share such an experience with good friends. Paddle Royal was awesome. Thanks to 404 and Hippo stick for a great board and paddle. Helped me take a final victory for 2012. Had a wonderful year. Happy holidays. See u next year." - DANNY CHING
The SUP Awards has been a great event for the past 2 years, bringing everyone in the SUP community together to celebrate our sport of Stand Up Paddling, and congratulate key people helping the sport grow. SUP the Mag has posted all the acceptance speeches from the night on their website HERE.
We wanted to share these two speeches.
1st is the award for top Philanthropic effort. Stand Up For the Cure got the award and we were very proud to be a part of that great event this year and can't wait till next year. Don't miss it.The next award that we wanted to share was the 2012 SUP Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award given to Gerry Lopez. We couldn't be happier for Gerry, and it was good to hear from our friend and Shaper Ron House, tell stories of how they both got into SUP.
Battle of the Paddle 2012 Guinness World Record Party Wave filmed by: John Clark of http://www.supsurfclub.com
Thank you to Sparky, Gerry, Pat, Barrett and all of the people that
make the Battle of the Paddle the SUP event of the year!
Music by: Rubber Bean
Edited by: Manya Clark