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2009 YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series Winners Announced

| posted on August 25, 2009

Men’s team South Walton Lifeguards Black and Women’s team On the Coast Magazine awarded champion title in the summer race series

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. (August 19, 2009) – The 2009 YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series culminated on Thursday, August 13, 2009, with the final race taking place on beautiful Western Lake at the WaterColor BoatHouse. The champion title “YOLO Board Cup Series” was awarded to South Walton Lifeguards Black for the men’s division and On the Coast Magazine for the women’s division. On the Coast Magazine consists of members Nancy Babin, Julie Ogle, Debbie Hunter, and Jackie Vreuls, and South Walton Lifeguards Black include Gary Wise, Sean Hughes, Joe Serrato and Justin Cook.

Beautiful clear skies and perfect paddling conditions were further complimented by the hundreds of spectators that came out in support of the paddlers for the final race which was followed by an awards ceremony and commemorative slideshow courtesy of race emcee Mike Sturdivant of BlueMountainSurf.com.

“YOLO Board and the local groundswell movement of stand-up paddlers have been working to fill the summer swell gap that is notorious along the Gulf Coast, and the race series has made good use of the extra daylight and constant desire to be on the water,” said race emcee Mike Sturdivant. “We have enjoyed some spectacular races in beautiful places and the variety of race venues re-introduced many of us to the childhood essence of summer-the excitement of exploring new locations to play and enjoying life outdoors. And, along the way we have crowned our new champions for the 2009 YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series. Congratulations to teams “On the Coast Magazine” and “South Walton Lifeguards Black!”

Participating teams in the 2009 YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series include: Men’s division-South Walton Lifeguards Black, South Walton Lifeguards Gold, Sunset Beach Services, Wells Fargo Advisors, Laser Awesome, Billabong Destin, Tops’l, Destin Lifeguards, Sandestin, Amavida, New Orchard Group, JamBone, Meyer Skimboards, and Copy Systems; Women’s division-On the Coast Magazine, Kitty Hawk Kites, Unbalanced, World Six Boutique, Amavida Coffee, Big Daddy’s Bike Shop, Balance Health Studio, Seaside Beach, Aesthetic Clinique, Always Boarding, Never Boring, Camp WaterColor.

The 2009 YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series was made possible by the generous support of presenting sponsor Aesthetic Clinique and Dr. Steve Weiner. Co-sponsors include: Billabong Destin, Destin Real Estate Company, Destin Health and Fitness Club, Smoothie King, Kialoa Paddles, Wells Fargo Advisors, Copy Systems, Swantree Concierge, Amavida Coffee, VIE Magazine, Vitamin Water, Modus Photography, M Public Relations and I Will Design for Food. Buoy sponsors include: 30A.com, SoWal.com, BlueMountainSurf.com, SouthWaltonScene.com, WatermanGulfCoast.com, WaltonOutdoors.com, and the WaltonSun.com.

Venues for the 2009 YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series included Oyster Lake on Scenic Hwy 30A, Western Lake at WaterColor, and Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

For the latest updates on future race events, visit www.yoloboard.com or call 850.622.5760.

About YOLO Board

Founded by business partners Tom Losee and Jeff Archer in 2006, YOLO Board LLC is a locally owned hybrid-style stand-up paddle board (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 the Emerald Coast and beyond as the custom paddleboard of choice garnering widespread attention from the media including: Garden & Gun, Standup surf & sail Journal, Florida Travel + Life, Memphis Magazine, Thicket Magazine, Palm Beach Illustrated, and MotorBoating Magazine, to name few. The company manufactures four types of boards: the “Original YOLO,” “YOLO Express,” “YOLO Explorer” and the recently debuted “YOLO Yak,” as seen on The Weather Channel. Rentals, lessons, corporate and team building packages and a complete array of YOLO accessories are available. For more information, visit www.yoloboard.com or call 850.622.5760.