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.
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.
The IronMana event is one we have heard about for a few years... This year team riders Thomas "Maximus" Shahinian, and Ruth Vessler decided to make the trip to Tahiti to test their strength in the tough 4 day event.
They arrived in Tahiti and met up with Heifara of Riviera Paddlesurf Tahiti who got them all set up with Riviera RP-14' raceboards to race for the week.
The event is a whirlwind of SUP, Swim, and prone paddling races throuought the day ending on the 4th day with a 32K SUP Race... Yes, 32K of flat water! A true test of the athletes who participated. Thomas Ended up placing 6th overall in the 4 day event, not bad for his first Swim and Prone races. Ruthy had some great finishes placing 5th overall in the womens division. Check out some of these highlight videos... Maybe next year?
Since the beginning of SUP there has been a slow but steady growth in the amount of young kids taking to the water on SUP's. In the last year or two we have seen that slow growth hit the ceiling and explode into the atmosphere!!! Almost every event we go to there are so many groms racing and surfing it is incredible. It shows a bright future for our sport of SUP, and brings some fun and excitement to every event. You should have seen how many kids were participating in Race the Lake of the Sky last weekend! We put together a gallery below of some of the groms participating in Race the Lake of the Sky!
We made our first Grom Boards in 2006, and now in 2014 have a full lineup for the kids.
This year introduced new Raceboards... The Youth RP-Series 12'6" x 24" and 11' x 24" Raceboards.
In the Paddle realm, we have the Kids Sprout Paddle available with a fixed shaft, or an adjustable for the kids who choose to grow out of their toys. We also have an aluminium kids paddle, The "Seal" which has the same adjustability and 6.5" blade as the Sprout. The Seal's Aluminim shaft and Plastic Blade is extremely durable... Digging holes with this paddle is still not encouraged, but it can take a serious beating.
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 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.
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…
We haven't shared any new Custom SUPs in a while, so here is what we've been working on.
No, it's not a skimboard, it is Brandon and Taylor Rambo's new custom US made SUP Surfboard... 7'2 x 24". The Shape is a cross between the Machete, and the NUGGET. "The thing works insane on steep fast beachbreak, is superlight at 9.8Lbs, and as you can imagine is a bit of a chore to stand on. For me at 165Lbs, it is about as low volume as I can go... It floats me just barely, but in the pursuit of the highest performance SUP surfboard, this is where we are right now." - Taylor Rambo
Here are a few new custom SUP Surfboards... The 3 are slight variations of the Machete which is our high performance model. The one with 10 fins and shaped like a wakeboard is a custom DOOR for Ryan Helm... Don't right it off just yet, at 8' x 26" this board is built to be ridden finless or with small fins for doing shuvits and spins, but still surf well in between spins and airs...
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.