The Carolina Cup went off last weekend and once again cemented itself as one of the toughest SUP races of the year. The level of paddling this year was incredible to see with about 18 paddlers in the lead Men's pack for 12 of the 13 Miles! Team Riviera made the trip out to North Carolina to compete and participate in the weekend events. As the Race started Cyril Burgiere rocketed out to the first buoy turning inside the top 10... After 13 Miles Cyril finished 30th.View full article →
Introducing The "Fish On" Fishing Standup Paddleboard.
The Fish On Hull shape is based off our 12'6" Voyager for stability and efficiency... It is equipped with 5 Neoprene handles around the deck for easy carrying. Bungee tiedown straps at the nose and tail for securing your gear, coolers, or crates.
The best part of the fish on is the Nine 1/4 20 Threaded inserts that are flush mounted in the deck. These inserts are compatible with Ram Mounts and Yak Attack Products so you can rig the board up however you want.
Riviera Japan Ambassador Kohei Echigo SUP Surfing his El Tigre in Japan. Japan has some great waves and a growing SUP scene.
Nick Scheel & Shae Foudy ended up taking the Mongoose Cup Award!!!
This past weekend was the Mongoose Cup here in Dana Point, CA.
The Riviera crew was in full force with Brennan Rose, Rob Rojas, Nick Scheel, Taylor Rambo, Brandon Rambo, Brad Rambo, Mace Comhe, Robert Howson, Conrad Rojas, Shae Foudy, Jade Howson, Alex Higginson and Sarah Messina all competing for the win.View full article →
The Santa Cruz Paddle Fest again was a great event... Like the last 3 years we got great waves. It was head high to double overhead all weekend. The team had a great time and Riviera's Own Brandon Rambo took 2nd Place against some of the best SUP surfers in the world on his 7'2 El Tigre.
We made the trip up to Santa Cruz yesterday for the SUP Surf Comp and race this weekend. This is one of our favorite events of the year to get the whole team together and there's nothing better than having the lineup at steamer lane to yourself in a heat.View full article →
This summer we are offering our first line of Surfboards. Riviera Shaper Taylor Rambo, has been making everything from SUP Surfboards, Raceboards, Prone Paddleboards, Shortboards and Longboards for Custom Orders here in San Clemente and we have decided to offer a shortboard and a longboard starting Mid July 2016.View full article →
The 12'6" Voyager is a model that we have been tuning up for a few years now, and we are really happy with the newest model. The Shape has been refined and we have payed special attention to every detail from the neoprene handles, diamond cut pattern traction with beveled edges, bungee tiedowns, and go pro mount... Not to mention the new logos and pinlines on the Voyager, or the gold pin striping for the timeless look of the Voyager Classic.
The ECO Molded Blank is here.
75% of Riviera's Board Production is built of our ECO Molded Blanks. Saving Approximately 2,693,250 Liters of EPS Foam scrap each year. That's a square block of EPS foam 45.64' x 45.64' x 45.64' that we DON'T CREATE. How many foam cups could be made from a 45' foam block that was never made? The answer is zero because it was never made, but imagine if it was. Was your board made of a molded blank?
Since mid 2015 our ECO Molded Blanks have been used on our top 12 Boards. After a trip to our foam supplier's factory we were impressed with the actual manufacturing process of the block of EPS foam that would later be whittled and shaped down into multiple boards. From there we thought why not build a mold that is shaped like our board and not shaped like a rectangle. Boom. The Eco Molded Blank.
Think of how perfect it would be every time, think of how much scrap foam we wouldn't make, how clean would it be, There's no room for error in shaping, can we make colored EPS?, The shell would be so much stronger, it wouldn't absorb as much resin, it won't ding as easy, we could better control weights, how could we be the first to think of this?
From there it got tricky with mold costs and timelines, but long story short, we went for it and now our top 12 styles are built of our Molded Blanks.
“The major benefits of Molding our Blanks as opposed to shaping them is that we make a perfect shape everytime, we get consistent foam densities with the exterior of blank being Approximately 30% stronger, also we produce essentially no waste or scrap EPS Foam. We use only as much foam as we need to build a board. The traditional way of shaping a board out of a block of foam produces about 2 extra boards worth of waste on top of the 1 board you make. Stretch that out to a production run of 100 Boards... That is 200 extra boards worth of scrap EPS foam. This is a big step forward in the manufacturing of our SUP’s and we are excited to implement ECO Molded Blanks on the top 12 Boards in our Standup Paddleboard Line.”
The Eco Molded Blanks come on the following styles in 2016:
9'2 NUGG, Turbo NUGG, 10'6" Original, 10'6 Select, 10'6" Art Series, 10'6" Armor-Tech, 10'6" Stand up For The Cure , 11'6" Original, 11'6" Select , 11'6" Art Series, 12'6 Voyager, 12'6 Voyager Classic
Scrap from our other boards is sent back to our foam supplier to be recycled back into other plastics, and our goal is to make all our boards with ECO Molded blanks, but 75% of production is where we are today.