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SUP (or kayak/canoe) For Life May 31

Waterman Gulf Coast hosting SUP For Life at Senor Mojito’s on May 31 The local SUP community is inviting all paddlers (kayaks, canoes, etc) to hit the Choctawhatchee Bay and take turns paddling around the buoys. Come alone, or bring a team, to raise money for the American Cancer Society. SUP for Life is from noon until 8 p.m. on May 31st at Senor Mojito’s on 331 in Santa Rosa Beach. To participate, form a team, or just come on...

Spinnaker flying on the Choctawhatchee Bay

Local family enjoys high-flying adventure Colleen and Brett Hinely of Bluewater Bay, take their two daughters, Aubrey and Claire for high-flying adventure on their sailboat, as the youngsters enjoy spinnaker flying near their home on the Choctawhatchee Bay. Colleen explains how it is done – The spinnaker sail is the very forward sail that helps to push the boat along on a downwind. For spinnaker flying, we rig the bottom lines of the sail with a swing attachment. When the...

Skies clear for second YOLO race at Western Lake

South Walton Lifeguards and On the Coast win 2nd YOLO SUP Race in Series What a beautiful evening it turned out to be for the second race of the YOLO Board Stand Up Paddleboard Race series. Nine ladies teams hit the water paddling hard. The top three finishers all crossed the line within one minute of each other. Third place was Team Balance at 26:58. Second place, Kitty Hawk Kites at 26:32. And the ladies victory went to On The...

YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Race May 21

Race scheduled for Western Lake at WaterColor Boat House YOLO Board LLC announces their next race, Thursday, May 21, at Western Lake at WaterColor Boat House.  Male and female division four-member teams will compete in a series of three more races that will take place monthly for the champion title “2009 YOLO Board Cup Series” to be awarded after the final race in August. “After the huge success with last year’s race series, we are looking forward to building an...

First class escort into Baytowne Marina

Paddler with a cause comes to Baytowne Wharf Marina Margo Pelligrino paddled into Baytowne Marina on May 15 with a first class escort. Margo is on a journey from Ft. Piece Florida to New Orleans to build  support for the Healthy Oceans Act. Her escorts into the marina  were two local YOLO boarders and Karl Renelt, her sponsor for the local portion of her jouney. Margo received a warm welcome to the marina on Friday and is now on her...

YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Race Series announces upcoming dates

Next race May 21 at Western Lake YOLO Board LLC announces the next two race series dates for their  2009 YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series. Next date is Thursday, May 21, at Western Lake at WaterColor Boat House.  Male and female division four-member teams will compete in a series of five races that will take place monthly for the champion title “2009 YOLO Board Cup Series” to be awarded after the final race in August. “After the huge success with...

Lots of summer activities available for kids

Summer programs in Walton area offer up fun for the kids Local area clubs, camps and recreation facilities are offering summer programs for children. Below is a list of organizations and programs available this summer in the Walton County area. Several activities in Destin are listed below as well. In addition, the United Way’s 2009 Children’s Summer Fun Guidebook offers a complete listing from Okaloosa to Walton for children ages 4 – 18. For more information, or to download the...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Friday, May 15 Margo Pelligrino paddles into Baytowne Marina to build support for Healthy Oceans Act Estimated time: 5 p.m. (will be updated closer to arrival time) Come down to Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin and welcome paddling environmentalist Margo Pelligrino as she makes a stop on her way to New Orleans on her 1,000 mile journey. Margo is paddling from Ft. Pierce, Fla. to New Orleans to bring awareness to the state of our waterways. Very cool lady, on a...

Billabong Grom Comp competition May 16

Billabong Grom Comp for Surfers 12 and under to be held at Pompano Joe’s in Miramar Beach Billabong Grand Boulevard and Ride On Surf School have teamed up to host their inaugural Billabong Grom Comp on Saturday, May 16th at the Pompano Joe’s in Miramar Beach. Starts at 9 a.m. This inaugural event is a surfing competition for young surfers ages 12 and under and will include three divisions—Super Groms ages 8 and under, Mini Groms ages 10 and under,...

Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Module course starts June 16

Classes will be held on Tuesdays June 16 – August 11 The Coastal Module of the Master Naturalist class will be offered this summer.  In this class you will learn about coastal and marine ecosystems and the wildlife that live occupy those areas throughout Florida. Instruction is also provided in the skill of interpretation and environmental ethics. This class provides 40 hours of class instruction, videos, and field trips.  Field trips will include Florida’s Gulfarium, seining around Destin harbor and...

YOLO Board hosted first SUP race of season

9 female teams and 14 male teams competed YOLO Board kicked off of their 2009 YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series race event on Thursday, April 30th on beautiful Oyster Lake in Santa Rosa Beach. Male and female division four-member teams will compete in a series of five races that will take place monthly at various locations throughout Walton County as race paddlers vie for the champion title “2009 YOLO Board Cup Series” to be awarded after the final race in...

Team YOLO wins 2009 Florida State Paddleboard Championships

Locals Gary Wise and Sean Hughes take first place in divisions YOLO Board announces that the members of Team YOLO Men, Gary Wise and Sean Hughes, won first place in two separate divisions of the 2009 Florida State Paddleboard Championship race event on Saturday, April 11th at Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, FL. Wise serves as the South Walton Fire District Beach Safety Director and Hughes is the South Walton Deputy Fire Chief. Both men compete locally as Team YOLO,...