Yolo finale

YOLO Board (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) recently announced the champions of the 2010 YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series, following the final August 19 race event at Florida’s Western Lake. The Unbalanced team of Jessica D’Aleo, Bernadette Leach, Amanda Martin, Gina Seton and Terry Strohmeyer were the top finishers for the Women’s Division. The Grayton Beach Fitness team composed of Shane Babin, Stefan Daiberl, Paul Hunter and Chris Ogle finished first overall in the Men’s Division. The SoWal Lifeguard YOLO team of Justin Cook, Sean Hughes and Gary Wise finished first in the Elite Division, marking a perfect race series for the team with five consecutive victories in their division.  The Florida-based 2010 series included 14 women’s teams, 11 men’s teams and four elite teams and five separate races held over the months of May to August.

The Unbalanced team receiving their Women's Division Champ award. Photo Chandler Williams / Modus Photography.

A beautiful August evening provided the perfect backdrop for the final race event which included an awards ceremony at the WaterColor Amphitheatre following the races. The Women’s Division second- and third-place overall finishers were the On the Coast Magazine and Four Play teams while the Laser Awesome and Billabong 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 top finishers for the fifth race include the Unbalanced, Billabong and SoWal Lifeguard YOLO teams in the three divisions.

“The involvement and enthusiasm from the community for this year’s series was so inspiring,” added Tom Losee, co-founder of YOLO Board.  “It has truly turned into a signature 30A event and we love watching it grow and evolve.  The support from our presenting sponsor Destin Real Estate Company allowed us to expand this year to include the Family Day events where many area children learned to paddle for the first time.  We’re already looking forward to the 2011 series.  A big congrats to the winners and all of the racers from everyone at YOLO.”

YOLO Final Race - Elite Division. Photo Chandler Williams /Modus Photography.

The next event for the board manufacturer is the YOLO Board Seaside Celebration scheduled for September 15-18.  Presented by 30A.com, the celebration planned includes four days of SUP-inspired activities ranging from a seven-mile elite race with over $5,000 of prize money and a three-mile recreation race with prizes awarded for each division, a free concert by HERITAGE, equipment demos and a silent auction fundraiser to benefit the South Walton Fire District Junior Lifeguard Program. Special celebrity SUP guests will include Nikki Gregg and Chuck Patterson. The family-friendly event is open to the public. YOLO Board is currently seeking community sponsors for the event.

For additional information regarding the YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series, please visit Yolorace.com.  For additional information regarding the YOLO Board Seaside Celebration, please visit Yoloseasiderace.com.

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