Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Q: Which way does the paddle go when paddling?

A: Use your Riviera paddle with the “Riviera Shield” facing forward.

Q: How does the vent plug work?

A: A vent plug allows air pressure to equalize inside the board while keeping water out. This prevents delamination of the epoxy resin from the EPS foam blank, caused primarily by heat or altitude changes. Once the air vent is installed, there is normally no need to tamper with it. Please contact Riviera with any concerns.

Q: How do I install my fin(s)?

A: CENTER FIN: A center fin has 3 parts; the fin itself, a fin screw and a fin screw plate. All boards have factory installed center fin boxes. Fin boxes normally come with a fin screw and fin plate already inserted. If the fin screw & plate are not already installed simply follow these steps.

  1. Insert the fin plate into the center fin box by first screwing the fin screw partly into the plate. With your fingers hold the top of the screw and insert the fin plate into the fin box’s large center opening and slide the plate into the inner channel of the fin box all the way towards the board nose, then remove the screw.
  2. Face your fin tip to point facing the board tail. Insert the two nipples at the base of the fin into the fin box’s large center opening and slide the nipples into the fin box’s channel.
  3. Align the fin plate with the hole in the base of the fin at your desired position. (Flat Water = towards nose, Surf = towards tail)
  4. Insert your fin screw into the fin screw hole and turn to tighten it into the fin plate, securing the head of the fin screw to the base of the fin.

* Note: Do not over tighten and avoid stripping out the fin screw head.

SIDE FINS: Each side fin is fastened by 2 allen screws.

  1. Back out, but do not remove to avoid loosing, allen screws already installed into the side fin boxes. If no allen screws are installed, they can be replaced by purchasing a new set at your local surf shop.
  2. Insert fins into fin box. Normally there will be a left & right side fin. Flat surface of fin should face inside.
  3. Tighten allen screws snug to hold the fins in. Do not over tighten and avoid stripping out the screw hex pattern.

* Note: Side fins enhance performance in surfing conditions only; there are no advantages while flat water paddling with side fins installed.

Q: What are Riviera boards made out of?

A: Riviera Boards are made of EPS foam with epoxy resin and fiberglass cloth.

Q: How do I cut and size my fixed length paddle to my height?



  1. On level ground, stand paddle vertically next to the person who will use it with one of their arms raised straight up.
  2. Mark the paddle shaft with masking tape 2” to 4” below the height of the paddler’s wrist.
    * Note: We have found a paddle height of 2” to 4” inches below a paddlers wrist provides the best stroke performance. Results may vary.
  3. Cut paddle shaft at desired mark, making sure the cut is a straight 90-degree angle. Remember when measuring to take into consideration the portion of the paddle handle that goes in the shaft. This inserts usually 2” to 3” so remember to deduct that number from your overall paddle length. (A tip we always use is make the first cut longer than you need and insert the handle dry (no epoxy) and test height.
  4. Sand away any loose material from edge of cut shaft, and lightly scuff the male portion of the new paddle handle.
  5. Apply 2 Part 5 min. Epoxy to inside of shaft and to the male end of handle.
  6. Insert handle completely into shaft. The air inside the shaft will want to push handle out, so after a few seconds you may need to re-insert handle. Make sure handle is straight, facing parallel to the paddles blade.
  7. Double check handle is in proper placement and let epoxy set up for full 5 minutes.
    * Note: Put your paddle somewhere safe while epoxy hardens, avoiding places where it could get bumped, tampered with, or fall to the ground.
  8. Use and Enjoy!

Q: How does the leash plug work?

A: Leash plugs are used to mount a leash at the tail of the board or install a bungee system.

Q: How do install my leash?

A: Leashes are installed by attaching the Velcro system at the end of the leash to the nylon string that is attached to the leash plug at the tail of the board. To attach the nylon string to at leash plug, push the string 1/2 way through the leash plug, then weave one end of the string through the loop of the other end, and pull.

Q: What are the other plugs and mounts for?

A: Depending on the board you purchased the extra plugs are to attach a bungee cord, hold down life vests and other gear to your board.

Q: How do I repair a small ding?

A: Small dings are easily repaired by using 2 part epoxy (usually available at your local hardware store) 1st lightly sand the effected area with a med grit sandpaper then apply the 2 part epoxy making sure you fill in any depression or cracks. Once epoxy has dried (usually 24 hours later) lightly sand to desired feel/touch.

Q: How do I repair a large ding?

A: Large dings are best repaired by a professional. Check with your local SUP dealer, they usually will know a good local that does this type of work. FIND A LOCAL DEALER NEAR YOU.

Q: I got water inside my board, what do I do?

A: Water is absorbed usually after a board sustains a sugnifinate impact from a hard object. If the board is damaged on the tail or nose stand the board up on the effected end and allow to drain. If the damage is on the rail lean the board on the effected rail and let it drain. Depending on the amount of time the board was in the water with the damage it could take some time before the water drains out. Once the water stops dripping from the effected area seek a ding repair specialist if you are not familiar with ding repair.

Q: What can I do to care for my board?

A: Never leave your board in the sun for a prolonged period of time. Avoid contact with hard objects such as rocks, car bumpers etc.… (Most dings happen while taking your board to and from the water) When you get a ding/puncture always exit the water as soon as possible. Never leave your board in a hot car for a prolonged period of time. Avoid storing your board outside.

Q: How should I clean my board?

A: A light soapy water solution is best. Some automotive and boat polishes work if you really want to bring back that new board shine.

Q: What do I use to polish my board?

A: Polish is best applied by hand, same as waxing a car.

Q: How do I remove and replace my traction pad?

A: Traction pads are applied with a high tack adhesive that is very hard to remove. Pulling them off can take some time and properly removing the glue left over is hardest step. We recommend applying the new pad on top of the old glue residue left over from the old pad.