| Submitted by: CB on 2015-03-26
Summary: Have used this board on lakes, rivers (level 1-2 rapids only), and the ocean. Great stability and maneuverability. Was a little long for the surf and only has 1 fin, but it was my first time on the ocean, so it might have also been lack of experience.
Pros: Maneuverability All-Around Board = Versatile relatively fast
Cons: A little heavier than I would like. I also wanted a 10.5-11' board. I tried the 10.5' Riviera board but it was not buoyant enough, had to get the 11.5' in order to use it for yoga. I am 5'1" and about 140lbs.
Usage: Exercise. Yoga. Lakes. River (small rapids). Races for fun - not professional.
Submitted by: GSM on 2015-03-11
Summary: My first board. It's overall a great board, very stable, easy to learn on, pretty durable. Not a race board, good for yoga more so a casual recreational board. The things I don't like its really heavy I don't know if it's because it's so big. There is a handle but the handle isn't too easy to grip. Definitely couldn't walk more than a couple of blocks with it. I'd recommend getting a strap with this board FOR SURE. Also it's not easy to maneuver. Sharp turns are impossible for me to do. I read somewhere that a bigger fin might help with that. I would recommend this board to a friend and definitely beginners.
Pros: Look, stability, feel
Cons: Weight, maneuverability
Usage: Causal touring
Submitted by: Sarah Figueiredo on 2015-02-01
Summary: Awesome beginners board. Does well to support a heavier paddler like myself. Great in all uses of the water; flat lakes and rivers and does well in light surf along the Cape.
Pros: Lightweight, simple design
Cons: Uneven mat hurts feet after a long paddle
Usage: Exercise surf and touring
Submitted by: steve gibson on 2015-01-23
Summary: This is a very good beginner paddle board floats me well very stable and moves forward very well great for touring and it can catch waves but it does not turn as well as I would like all things considered a good beginner choice.
Pros: Floats a heavy man very well very stable good touring board
Cons: I think it needs a bigger fin doesn't turn as well as I would like.
Usage: I use it mostly for touring but I also love to snag a nice wave.
Submitted by: RMC on 2014-11-13
Summary: Very good beginner board! Feels solid, stable, easy to maneuver and learn to make turns. I'm very petit (5'1") and I had no problem picking up a little speed on it as compared to some other boards.
Pros: very stable, easy to maneuver
Usage: Flatwater cruising
Submitted by: SLA on 2014-10-16
Summary: I am paddling the soft-top version of this board. I am 5'8" tall and about 155lbs. I am relatively new to paddle boarding but a strong paddlers coming from a white water canoe background. This board is super stable underfoot and inspires confidence with the kids I instruct. The soft-top version is super durable and stands up to the demands of beginner paddlers.
Pros: Stability and durability in the soft-top version.
Cons: Some of the quality control in manufacture is not the best. We have 9 Riviera Sups and some of the fin boxes are tighter than others
Usage: Flatwater beginner instruction.
Submitted by: Doug on 2014-08-05
Summary: AVOID these boards! I bought mine 2 months ago. After two surf sessions in the ocean the fin box was completely cracked around the fin! Whats worse is Riviera and the dealer would not stand by the product even though I was within the warranty period. Total hack company with zero customer support. Same response from Glacier Bay in Northport Long Island. Dealer and manufacture should be avoided. Go buy a Hobie, they last forever!
Pros: Bay Cruising
Cons: Poor quality -
Submitted by: Handsome Robb on 2014-06-10
Summary: Riviera does NOT stand behind there product. My fin box broke without being dropping or misused.
Cons: Cheaply made!!!
Submitted by: Mateo Masellones on 2014-04-19
Summary: All around SUP surf and flatwater board.
Pros: Nice stable board, easy to cruise around and still race with the 12'6" sup catagory.
Cons: Recessed grab hold is nice but difficult to hold onto on long treks from vehicle to water.
Usage: mostly recreational touring and for a weekly local race's that are technical, multi bouy turns.
Submitted by: PV on 2014-03-30
Summary: Really nice all-around board. Good for beginners because of how stable it is. With a classic surf style it is fun on the waves. Not ideal for competitive racing but fine for the recreational paddler. Sturdy too, haven't had any issue with dings.
Pros: Sturdy, stable, nice glide in the waves
Usage: Recreational racing, surf, exercise, some touring (shorter distances)
Submitted by: rebeccaco on 2014-03-28
Summary: Great Recreational Board
Pros: Tracks very well, Deck is fully padded, Wide and stable for a tall person, Can easily load on to my 4Runner with practice
Cons: Inherent SUP problems: dings, bulky
Usage: I've only been paddling for a year, so I've only used it for touring and exercise. This one is probably no a good racing board.
Submitted by: eclecticsun on 2014-03-19
Summary: The Riviera 11'6" Paddleboard is a great all around board. Super for beginners to experts due to its classic smooth design.
Pros: Light, well designed, functional maneuverability.
Cons: Does not fend well with rocks.
Usage: I use this board as my own personal touring board on Lake Jocassee. I also rent these boards to customers who expect a higher standard of board due to their experience.
Submitted by: Pebblekeeper on 2013-05-17
Summary: This is a perfect beginner board. A very stable board that makes it simple for beginners to pop up for the first time. The pad is large and very soft and does not hurt the feet. The handle is perfectly balanced and the board is light enough to pick up with one hand using the handle.
Pros: Stable. I have rocked it to a 45 degree angle and have been able to push down to stay up. I have never fallen off. Large areas to attach a life jacket/supply bag. Smooth paint allows for the use of suction cups. Glides straight and smooth. Able to use in large swell and calm lakes. I have had several experiences where I should have fallen off, and the board was easy to push back into the water. It rides on it's rails well.
Cons: It is a slow board. The bottom is flat, and I'm wondering if that is part of it. When the swell kicks up the waves wash over the nose of the board. Adustments to standing balance helps correct this, standing further back on the board. The large size makes it a bit harder to quickly flip on top of car racks, but I can do it by myself. The grey band shows every time my paddle has hit the rim.
Usage: I live on a lake and use it for daily exercise. I paddle about a mile and a half a day the lake is 3.5 miles long, and have taken it a couple of times on 6-7 mile trips. I have taken it into the bay and up the river with surf swells coming across the bay. We have not had it out in the surf yet, but plan to do so this week. I carry quite a bit of gear on the board, and would consider it for touring. I am learning Yoga moves/stretching and use the board for that on the lake.