April 11, 2017

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2017 Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup

The Mongoose Cup is a staple event here in So Cal.  It is known as a fun event where the whole paddle community gets together.  There are still races though with a time trial, relay race, and heat races.

We were down there to support the event and race with some of the Riviera California Team Riders.

Once again Jade Howson took the win in every race she entered. She has had a solid string of finishes this year.

1st Womens Prone Time Trial, 1st Women's SUP Time Trial, 1st Sport Of Kings Heat Race Sprints.

The rest of us had a great time in the heat races.  The beach starts and finishes are always entertaining in short sprint races like these.

April 11, 2017

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Santa Cruz Paddle Fest 2017

The Santa Cruz Paddle Fest at Steamer Lane is one of the best SUP Surf Events of the year in California.  For 3 days each year we get steamer lane all to ourselves for the SUP Surf Contest, and Kayak Surfing contest.

This year almost all the top SUP Surfers from all over the world including, Zane Shweitzer, Mo Freitas, Dave Boehne, Slater Trout, Giorgio Gomez, Shaun Poynter, Poenaki, Bern Rodenger, and Rivieras Own Anthony Maltese, Mike Baker, Monty Roach, Drew Brophy, and Joe Maltese made the Trip to SC for the Event.

Anthony Maltese was riding a new El Tigre 7'4" and surfed really well throughout the event Making his way to the finals.  In the Finals Anthony took 4th place to Poenaki, Bern Rodenger, and Mo Freitas went on to take the win.

 

March 07, 2017

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Somewhere in Mexico - Ryan Helm [VIDEO]

Ryan Helm, spotted in Mexico surfing his Pro Model 7'6 Whirling Dervish.  In the Video Carver Culbeck is riding a 6'7" Whirling dervish.  Filmed by Ryan's son Leon, and edited by Carver.

 

February 21, 2017

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Riviera 10'6 Prone Paddleboard

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

Click Here for details.

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

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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

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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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