Trout rout: Slater Trout propels Florida team to SUP series race win

Results from YOLO Board’s third Stand-Up Paddle Series race event (plus details on the manufacturer’s September Seaside Celebration)

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. — YOLO Board announces the results of its third 2010 YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series race event on June 25 at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin, Fla. The Unbalanced team consisting of Jessica D’Aleo, Amanda Martin, Gina Seton and Terry Strohmeyer finished first in the Women’s Division.  Team Laser Awesome composed of Jay Etheredge, Matt Lantrip, Steve Reeves and Shane Reynolds won the Men’s Division.  The SoWal Lifeguard YOLO team of Justin Cook, Sean Hughes and Slater Trout finished first in the Elite division race, marking their third consecutive victory in the Elite division.  Trout, a 15-year-old surf and SUP rising star from Maui made a special guest appearance at the race. The 2010 series includes 14 Women’s teams, 11 Men’s teams and four Elite teams.

Jay Etheredge of Team Laser Awesome crossing the finish line to secure a win for his team in the Men’s race

Originally from nearby Pensacola Beach, Trout ( is a celebrated up-and-coming waterman who can be seen on national competition circuits.  Recent national accolades include winning the Gulf Coast Stand Up Paddleboard Championship in May 2010, winning the Sunset Beach Trials event at the first contest of the 2010 Stand Up World Tour, in Sunset Beach, Hawaii, and earning several titles at the famed Duke’s Ocean Fest.  Named as the ‘Second Fastest Standup Paddler in the World’ at the 2009 Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle, Trout attended the race with father Casey Trout who also competed in the Men’s Division race.

“I continue to be amazed at the humbleness and Aloha spirit that the ambassadors of our sport bring forth,” elaborates Jeff Archer, co-founder of YOLO Board.  “In addition to being a paddling standout, Slater Trout is always willing to share his knowledge and his spirit with anyone who has an interest for SUP. The YOLO Board community sends a big thanks to Slater and Casey Trout for honoring us with their participation in our event.”

From left to right, Jeff Archer (co-founder of YOLO Board), Slater Trout and Leslie Kolovich (General Manager of 30A Radio and race competitor).

The Women’s Division second- and third-place finishers were the On the Coast Magazine and Bentley’s on the Bay while the Grayton Beach Fitness and Billabong Destin teams rounded out the top three for the Men.  The Sunset Beach Services and GUSU teams finished second and third respectively in the Elite Division. The next race event is scheduled for Thursday July 15 at Western Lake (Watercolor, Fla.) at the WaterColor BoatHouse.  The 29 teams will continue on to compete throughout the five-race series as they vie for the champion title “YOLO Board Cup Series” to be awarded after the final race in August in each division.  Race dates (weather permitting) are July 15 and August 19.  Races begin at 5 p.m.

The final YOLO Stand-Up Paddle Series Family Day race is also scheduled for July 18th at Western Lake at the WaterColor BoatHouse at 5 p.m. Children participate in different types of paddleboard races including parent/child races, relay style races and individual races.  Entry fees are $25 per child with parents being free.  The children’s race fee includes a YOLO race jersey. For additional information regarding The YOLO Stand-Up Paddle Series, please visit ( For more information on YOLO Board, visit

YOLO Board also recently announced the second annual YOLO Board Seaside Celebration, September 14-18 in Seaside, Fla. The celebration has expanded this year to include five days of SUP-inspired activities ranging from a 7-Mile Elite Race and a 3-Mile Recreation Race with over $5,000 of prizes awarded for each race, a SUP-inspired Art Show, a free concert, equipment demos and a Silent Auction Fundraiser to benefit the South Walton Fire Department Junior Lifeguard Program.  Special celebrity SUP guests will include Nikki Gregg and Chuck Patterson.  The family-friendly event is open to the public.

Last year’s Seaside Celebration. Photo Chandler Williams/Modus Photography

“One of our original goals at YOLO was to give back to the local community and expand the presence of SUP both locally and nationally,” explains Jeff Archer, co-founder of YOLO Board LLC.  “The inception of the YOLO Board Seaside Celebration has allowed us to do just that.  We’re really excited about the expansion of the race portion of the event this year to include both elite and recreational divisions, attracting higher profile paddlers to our area.”

Nikki Gregg of Oahu-based NRG Lifestyle Fitness Training ( will host an NRG Boot Camp on September 14th, 15th and 16th in conjunction with the event.  Widely considered the spokeswoman of SUP, Gregg is a certified SUP ‘Master Instructor’ and is affiliated with both the WSUPA (World Stand Up Paddleboard Association) and the WPA (World Paddle Association). Noted big-wave surfer and all-around waterman Patterson ( will host a special pre-race clinic on September 17th.  Patterson has competed professionally in tow surfing, SUP, surfing, kiteboarding, skiing and snowboarding.

“I can’t wait to head out to the Gulf Coast for the Seaside Celebration festivities,” adds Gregg.  “I’m honored to be invited to introduce my Stand Up Paddle Boot Camp to Florida and spread my passion of fitness and SUP.  It’s going to be fun!”

The celebration highlights Seaside and the surrounding South Walton community as a premier destination for SUP with both the Gulf of Mexico and the rare coastal dune lakes serving as backdrops for scheduled activities.  The Cottage Rental Agency ( is offering special packages for paddlers and event guests ranging anywhere from $59 per night for a group home to $175 per night for a private cottage. YOLO Board is also seeking sponsors to partner on the event, including donated items for the silent auction. For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities or to donate an item for the silent auction, please contact YOLO Board 850.622.5760 or visit