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
Highlights of South Tahoe Stand Up Paddle's, Race the Lake of the Sky...
This event was a huge success. South Tahoe Stand Up Paddle rallied a huge crew of locals to help out and organize this event. The 5 mile and 14 mile races were stacked with professional paddlers, and the kids race and SUP Cross races were very exciting to watch! You missed the race but you didn't miss out. South Tahoe Stand Up Paddle holds a Wednesday Night Sup series all summer long, Not to mention their daily SUP Rental Service right on the beach. Plan a trip out to Tahoe to race and enjoy the South Lake!
Discover the proper stroke length, posture, paddle entry, and exit, advantageous tips for stand up paddle surfing and more... Search no further, the tradition is now passed on to you. Perfect your paddling, strengthen your stroke.
This is Part 1 of our adventure from Dana Point, CA to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was a trip of a lifetime. The journey took us about 9 days, and we had a great crew including Brad Rambo, Brandon Rambo, Thomas Shahinian, Chuck Patterson, Brian Stockdale, and Gene Williams.
Stay tuned for Part II next week...
Orange Bowl Race Miami1/23/12
After having a great show at Surf Expo we quickly packed up the tradeshow booth and started our journey to Miami for the Orange Bowl Race. With the van finally loaded up we headed out to the turn pike to begin our 4-hour drive. Brandon chose to drive and soon became amazed at the performance of the Kia mini van we had rented. The thing fully loaded would do burn outs across an entire intersection. The speeds we reached were amazing; we all think it must have had a V8 hiding under the hood. Thomas was just a little worried about some of the speeds we were reaching since his 19’-7” unlimited board was strapped to the roof. About 2 hours in we all started thinking about food and we were desperately in need of gas so Brandon took a random exit. After driving around a while with everyone searching their I phones for restaurants we ended up in a town called Riviera. We found a Mexican restaurant that seemed to be the happening place and ended up having a great dinner. Several burn outs later we found our selves back on the turn pike headed south towards Miami again, around 2 hours later and we were pulling into our Hotel in Miami.
Up and at em by 7:00am and off to the event site to meet Helga and set up for the race. The morning air was a little nippy but the forecast was calling for the low 70’s. The line at registration was looking a bit long and I thought no way were they going to get this up on running on time.
By 9:00 am we were all signed up and started to do some demos while Danny, Helga and Thomas did some paddling to get warmed up but before we knew it they were calling the racers meeting.
They began the Elite race by doing a staggered start with 3 minutes in between every board class. The largest division was the 12’-6” elite class with 44 men and 19 women all competing for a 5,000 dollar first prize. Once the last racer turned the corner heading for the inner coastal all the photographers scatted to get better vantage points from which to view the race. I chose to walk further up the river to get some shots of everyone coming back down river heading out to the inner coastal toward the finish line. I got set up at one point hoping to get some shots of Thomas with the sky line in the back ground but he was so fast he went by before I was set up. I was able to catch Danny and Jamie coming down river and it looked like they were working together as a team trading off drafting as they paddle by me. I fired off a few more shots and then high tailed it back to the finish line but I was to late to catch the finish.
The 3 mile fun race was next followed by the ever spectator friendly Sprit Races.
All in all it turned out to be a great week followed by a great race for Riviera.
7-Mile Elite Men’s
1st Place Danny Ching
2nd Place Jamie Mitchell
3rd Place Anthony Vela
7-Mile Elite Women’s
1st Place Candice Appleby
2nd Place Heather Baus
3rd Place Helga Goebel
Thomas Maximus took 1st place Unlimited
Brad Rambo took 1st place Men’s Elite 50 and over class
The Riviera 12'6" Voyager is finally here. The Voyager 12'6" is a perfect board for first time paddlers, and the most stable board we make. The voyager is designed for someone who wants to paddle flatwater or mild open ocean conditions. It has all the features of a raceboard but has been toned down making it more stable and user friendly. It is equipped with 14 leash plugs on the nose and tail to tie down all your gear. The Displacement hull makes this board cut through the water efficiently, making long paddles much easier than a standard surfboard shape cruiser.
A few sunday's ago we got the Riviera Crew together for a morning paddle. There was about 14 of us including two Photogs and driver on the chase boat. This time Royce Gracie, David James Elliot and Jetson came down to paddle and learn a few paddling tricks from the pro's. We started from Dana Point harbor and headed North into Laguna, and we were lucky to get some sun through the thick fog. Check out the video... There is a bunch of footage of danny riding boatwake on his 404 14'...
Occasionally we get photos and videos from people riding our boards. We try to share as many of them as we can on our blog and facebook etc. The below video was sent to us last week from James surfing his Riviera 10'6". Knee high surf has never looked so good.
If you have any good shots of you and your friends stand up paddling, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or share them on our facebook Page HERE.