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.
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.
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
We are excited to officially welcome Talia to the Team, she is an incredible athlete and ambassador for the sport, and we’re honored to have her representing our brand. Nakoa is also a great addition to the team. He’s an accomplished big wave surfer & personal trainer. He and Talia will be traveling the world in 2015 sharing their passion for the water, health, and fitness.” For more info on their clinics and travels check out their website beyondthewater.org/
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
Posted by: Taylor Rambo
A few weeks ago my brother Brandon and I, along with Will Taylor from SUP Magazine made the trip out to Lake powell to do some paddling and explore all that the area has to offer... We loaded up the Subaru with 12'6" Voyagers, a Coastal Cruiser, all the gear, and headed inland in search of water! It was definetly a great place to paddle, with nothing but calm water, and incredible scenery as far as the eye can see.
Subaru hooked us up with a Car for the weekend, and documented the Journey... Thanks guys!
Below we go over the 12'6" Voyager, Riviera Line of SUP's (8' Nugget, 9'2 NUGG, 10'6, & 11'6), as well as the Riviera 10'6" Inflatable... Stay tuned for reviews of the 2013 Riviera Paddles.
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.