YOLO Board announces winners of the YOLO Board Stand Up Paddle Series

August 20, 2011

YOLO Race 4. Photo courtesy Modus Photography

Overall winners and final race winners announced for the August 14th event of the four-part community stand up paddle board race series

YOLO Board announces overall series winners and top finishers from the fourth and final race of the 2011 YOLO Board Stand Up Paddle Series at the WaterColor BoatHouse on Western Lake.  Presented by Destin Real Estate Company, the four-part series of races featured relay-style competition by four member teams in the Beginning Level and three member teams in the Next Level.  Over 112 local paddlers participated in the race season this year.  The final race was followed by an awards presentation ceremony and paddler gathering.

Team members from Salon Twist and For The Health of it: Joan Vienot, Laura Talbert, Kelly Murzynsky, Allison Harden, Leslie Astin Kolovich, Layne Reynolds- Bonanno, Dana Elizabeth Akridge. Photo courtesy Joan Vienot

Overall winners of the Next Level were Team YOLO members Ross Carter, Justin Cook and Kyle Gallagher, followed by Team GUSU in second and the Wells Fargo Advisors team in third.  Parker Carroum, Mike Ingram, Matt Magera and Dylan Simms of the Billabong Destin team earned top honors in the Men’s Division followed by the YOLO Jr’s and a tie for third between Laser Awesome and Team Sandestin.  Winners of the Women’s Division were the Grayton Beer team composed of Donna Bandy, Amy Buchanan, Bernadette Leach and Gina Seton followed by Salon Twist and Bistro Bijoux.

In the fourth race, Matt McDonald, Travis Roach and Elliot of Team GUSU finished first for their first victory in the Next Level division followed by teams Team YOLO and Wells Fargo Advisors. Team Billabong Destin topped the Men’s Division for the third race in a row followed by Laser Awesome and the Sandestin team. The Grayton Beer ladies won the Women’s Division race followed by Salon Twist and For the Health of It in second and third place.

The YOLO Board Stand Up Paddle Series is made possible by the generous support of its sponsors: Destin Real Estate Company, 30A.com, Thirty-A Review, Standup Paddle Magazine, 98 Today, Grayton Beer Company, Kialoa, Copy Systems, Destin Health & Fitness, 24/7, Smoothie King, Swantree Concierge, Wells Fargo Advisors, Seaside Beach, Ophelia Swimwear, SETCO Services, Coastal Insurance, Modus Photography, IWDFF, M Public Relations, YOLO Board Adventures, Beach Ready Spa & Wellness, WaterColor Resort, Emerald Coast Portraits, Hinano, Old Florida Outfitters, Quality Imports, Bud & Alley’s, SoWal.com and Chan’s Wine World.

About YOLO Board

Founded by business partners Tom Losee and Jeff Archer in 2006, YOLO Board LLC is a locally owned stand-up paddleboard (SUP) company based in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.  Aptly named for the mantra, “You Only Live Once,” the company has quickly gained the reputation along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and beyond as the custom paddleboard of choice, garnering widespread attention from the media including: Spirit Magazine, Southern Living, Coastal Living, The Weather Channel, Standup Journal, Florida Trend, Ocean Drive, Standup Paddle Magazine and Garden & Gun. The company manufactures a variety of boards suited to fit any paddler. Rentals, lessons, corporate and team building packages are available through YOLO Board Adventures. For more information, visit www.yoloboard.com or call 850.622.5760.