February 21, 2017


Riviera 10'6 Prone Paddleboard

A Small Batch of Riviera 10'6 Prone Paddleboards are available now!

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10'6 x 20" - 162 Liters - Single Fin

This is the ultimate Surf Racing Prone Paddleboard Featuring a wave piercing bow, extra rocker up front for going over waves and chop, the flat bottom planes quickly when sprinting for waves or catching bump.  We've added 5 neoprene handles, 3 up front, and 2 near the tail as well as recessed handles on both rails, you won't loose grip of this board.

February 20, 2017


24 Hour SUP World Record and Prone Paddling

Greetings everyone! My name is Robert Norman, I’m 23 years old, I live in Inverness FL where I work as a personal trainer/fitness instructor and I broke the SUP 24 hour world record at Nathan Benderson Park on February 11th.  Leading up to the event, there were many logistical hurdles that needed to be tackled in a well calculated manner. There was no detail that could be overlooked. This started at the foundation of an event like this, physical capability.  I’ve been on a SUP board for a little over 2 years and every paddle stroke I’ve taken since was setting the foundation for this attempt. Leading up to the event I had to begin planning out very long paddles, ranging from 6 to 12 hours, some hours in the darkness. I needed a resource that would allow me to train muscles and skills related to SUP, but was different enough from SUP to prevent over-training of the same motion. That’s when I turned to prone paddling.
I got my hands on the Riviera 12'x20 Prone Paddleboard through my sponsor shop CGT Kayaks in Bonita Springs. I had no prior experience, and didn’t know a single person that avidly trained prone. The first time I jumped on a board I flipped it immediately. Being on a 21 inch SUP board I assumed it would be cake, and I was immediately humbled. At that moment I knew mastering this discipline would elevate my SUP game. I had a basic idea of what knee paddling was and with a little practice I began connecting the dots. I firmly believe it has a direct correlation to your SUP stroke. The arms become a lever, and you begin to use your core and legs to pull the arms through the water, just like how your arms remain straight with a SUP paddle and you use the larger muscles to paddle. You really become one with the water and literally “feel” the power you create during propulsion. Again, this directly translates to SUP, where you need to feel the water behind your blade during each stroke to keep the efficiency level high.  All the components are similar, just the method to achieving them differ.
Having this resource allowed me to train for the event 6 days a week, without the signs of over-training setting in. I alternated usage of the prone board and my SUP board, using the prone board in predominantly sprint style workouts and the SUP board in predominantly distance style workouts. The prone helped me keep my explosive Type II muscle fibers in check which were vital to keep strong for the event. I mentioned the prone board being a different kind of tippy, and having the board flying across the water in a sprint makes it even more susceptible to flipping, so I was even able to really fine tune my overall balancing. Learning the nuances of what made my prone stroke successful made an impact on how to really engage my paddle during my longer SUP sessions which made a huge difference during the event (estimated 60,000 strokes.)
Prone paddling on the stomach is the most humbling position physically, but I believe the knee paddle is much more akin to the single blade paddler and I can see correlations in body movement and single arm engagement closer to a 2 bladed paddler. I typically alternated between the two positions but would consistently go faster, longer on the knees as my body was still learning the new muscle patterns. Physically going 2-3 miles on the prone for me right now is harder than most distances on the SUP, and that’s what I love about it. I remember when going 2-3 miles on the SUP was hard, and resetting the feeling with a new discipline has been energizing, it is something new and relevant to conquer. It has helped my SUP game and adequately prepared me for the hardest challenge in my life, so I’m excited to see how it will continue to expand my abilities.
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February 10, 2017


Costa Rica with World Class Downwind Conditions!

Thomas just returned to Bahia Salinas, Costa Rica last month to test his hunch with regards to how the Riviera downwind 14' would perform....he paddled it downwind for 8 consecutive days on a perfect downwind route (@5.5K) across the bay which can be easily shuttled in 22 minutes for multiple runs within a day. He just returned back to SoCal a few days ago and we haven't seen him stop smiling and claiming it's the perfect board for one of the best downwind locations in the world....but we'll let you decide when you check out his videos below:

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January 31, 2017


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Anthony Maltese Profile

Anthony Maltese has been Riding Riviera SUP's for a few years now. He started with the NUGG then worked his way down to his current board the "El Tigre". Anthony's quiver is the 7'2 El Tigre, Custom 7'4 El Tigre, House Special 5'6" and the RP-14' Raceboard for trainning and downwind runs here in San Clemente.

Follow Anthony on Instagram to see shots of him surfing... @instatwon

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November 30, 2016


2016 ISA World Paddle Championships

The 2016 ISA World Paddle Championships were last week in Fiji.  Paddlers from across the world made the trip to Fiji with their 14' and 12'6 Raceboards and their SUP Surfboards to compete and represent their country.  Riviera Team Riders Felipe "Pipe" Rodriguez from Mexico, Desiree' Hernandez & Omelv Garcia from Puerto Rico, and Takayo Yokohame from Japan were all there.  Check out the gallery below of the team racing and surfing Cloudbreak.

October 12, 2016


2016 Pacific Paddle Games

The Pacific Paddle Games went down last weekend and was the most highly contested race of the year.  Top paddlers from all over the world descended on Dana Point, CA to participate and race.  This is our favorite race because it grew from the Battle of the Paddle which was the first modern SUP race, and the PPG still holds that tradition and prestige.  It is also the 1 time each year that we get to see Riviera team Paddlers, Shop Owners, Distributors, and Friends from all over the world.  This year was no different, Since Riviera Headquarters is minutes from the event site at Doheny Beach, we welcomed everyone to come surf and train with the team, and come view the 2017 line of boards displayed in our warehouse.  We hosted paddlers from all over the US, Hawaii, Tahiti, Puerto Rico, Japan, Korea, Italy, Canada, and more.  On the Sunday of the event we host the After Party, we have been doing this for the past 6 years and it is really fun to get all these paddlers together who have one thing in common, Stand Up Paddling.

Now for our Recap on the racing...  We'll try to keep it short.

Like we said this is our favorite event of the year...  It's in our backyard, this is where our Local team riders train, and where SUP for us at Riviera Started, Dana Point, and San Clemente.  Last year Team Riviera was lucky enough to win the Manufacturers Cup by having the highest combined points from team riders in all divisions.  It was the biggest achievement of our team so far, so we came into the 2016 event wanting to hold onto the cup for another year. 

Day 1:

Prone Racing - This year Braden Porra and Rob Rojas raced our RP-12' prone paddle boards.  Braden had great finishes taking 5th in the Pro Distance Race & 4th in the Pro Technical Race.

Elite Race Qualifying - The Men's Elite Technical races were stacked this year!  It was an achievement to make it out of the round 1 heats.  Ryan Helm had his leash come off at the start of the race leaving him dragging his leash off the start, and struggling to keep it out of the water for the rest of the race had him just missing the cut off for transferring to the next round.  Riviera Shaper Taylor Rambo made it through round 1 and into the heat races on Saturday.

Day 2: 

Youth Races - The groms at this years event were charging!  We see some really young kids in San Clemente training every week with Coach Mike Eisert and The Paddle Academy, but it was great to see so many other groms from all over the world out their testing their ability's in the surf at Doheny.

Open Technical Race - Team Riviera had quite a few paddlers in the Open Race including Mace Camhe, Tiffany Tudyk, Sarah Messina, Sam Griffin, Maeva Hargrave, Teana Tea, Brandon Rambo.  Brandon Rambo ended up 2nd Place behind Jay Wild in this race.

Pro Junior Technical Race - Nick Scheel 17 and Jade Howson 14 from Riviera raced in the Junior Division on their RP-12'6" Raceboards.  Scheel finishing 6th and Jade Finishing 2nd.

Pro Womens Tech Qualifying - In the Womens Pro Elite races we had Shae Foudy, Jade Howson, and Kim Barnes racing RP-12'6" Raceboards.  Doheny is where Shae and Jade train all year round.  All 3 girls made it through to the Final on Sunday.

Day 3:

Pro Men's Distance Race - Ryan Helm and Cyril Burgierre were fired up for the distance race.  The morning started with some pretty strong southwinds making for a rough start into the wind with a downwind leg on the way back.  Ryan finished 32nd with Cyril finishing 43rd.

Pro Womens Distance Race - Distance races are never very exciting to watch, but this year the webcast was following the racing the entire time, so even from the beach we could stream the action from our phones while the race headed a few miles down the coast.  Shae Foudy had an incredible race battling for second 2nd with Candace Appleby, and Fiona Wylde...  Shae ended up in second place edging out Candace in the run up the beach.

Jade Howson raced the Junior Pro Distance and finished 2nd place just 2 seconds behind Erika Benitez.

The Technical Finals proved to be some of the most exciting SUP Racing ever.  Especially the Womens Elite Race...  Jade Howson got the holeshot with Shae behind going Riviera 1 and 2 around the first Buoy.  Jade held them off for a few turns before getting caught up by a wave.  Then the lead between Shae, Candace, and Annabel changed a few times. Towards the end, Anabelle was walking away with the lead, and Candace and Shae were battling.   Just before the finish Anabelle decided to go for another lap missing the finish, and Candace swooped in for the Win!  Shae hit the beach next to Terene, and Terene got her in the Run with Shae Finishing 3rd, and Jade Finishing 5th!  Not Bad for the 2 youngest competitors in the Pro Elite class.

In the Mens Final, No Riviera Paddlers were in except for Guilherme De Souza from Brazil who needed a board to race so we offered him an RP-14x21" Prototype that we had.  He ended up making the 16 man Final finishing 14th!  14th in the world that day was an incredible accomplishment! 

With the Teams effort all weekend Team Riviera ended up in 3rd Place in the Board Manufacturers Cup!  We are really stoked on our finish, and the way the team raced, and can't wait till next year to race for the cup!






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