OMG what a great night we had last night at The Bay restaurant for the 7th Annual YOLO Board Relay Series presented by Sandcastle Escapes Vacation Rentals and Sales!
Huge thanks to all racers, friends, volunteers and sponsors! We had special guests in town, including Reid Inouye from Stand Up Paddle Magazine, Rob Mirlenbrink from the WPA and our team rider Darian Boyle from Stoke Radio. Coastal Skin Surgery and Dermatology were on hand with sunscreen, and Grayton Beer served up their delicious Original Blue Label brew. Thanks to sponsor Garden of Life for the awesome blender bottles, as well as sponsor SunBum’s sunscreen. The sky cleared and we were able to launch the series with our Special Olympic Athletes paddling first. Of course they were the hit of the night, and an inspiration to us all. The ladies, men and Co-ed teams followed with racers paddling their hearts out! Here are the results from the night:
The three-part monthly relay series – presented by Sandcastle Escapes Vacation Rentals and Sales – will host all three race events at The Bay, South Walton’s newest waterfront dining destination located at the southern the foot of the 331 bridge. Recently opened in February, The Bay is quickly gaining a loyal local’s following with its authentic Southern-inspired food, open-air bar and breathtaking view of Choctawhatchee Bay.
“We’re looking forward to mixing things up this year with our new location sponsor,” said YOLO Board co-founder Jeff Archer. “The Bay restaurant family has been so gracious to welcome our community event. Between its perfect flat water conditions, scenic view, Chef Jim Shirley’s killer food and the spacious open-air bar, you really can’t ask for a better venue. We can’t wait to pay tribute to the last six years of community support with this sweet new neighborhood spot.”
The 7th Annual YOLO Board Relay Series will feature relay-style competition between male, female and co-ed teams of three in a recreational division. The fun-filled series includes racers of all skill levels and ages from junior to seniors vying for the coveted champion title, all the while rallying in friendly competition out on local waters. Paddlers will compete on YOLO 12’ recreation boards provided for complimentary use to racers by YOLO Board during each event.
This year’s event will include giveaways, refreshments (including local craft beer Grayton Beer Company available for purchase), and kids activities, as well as a welcomed new division to the race program dedicated to Special Olympics Florida SUP athletes from Okaloosa and Walton Counties. A strengthened supporter of Special Olympics since 2012, YOLO Board’s mission is to make SUP accessible and easy for area athletes.
Scheduled races (weather permitting) are set for June 19th, July 17th and August 7th.
Schedule of events:
4:30 Special Olympics Athletes Relay
5:30 Women’s Relay
6:00 Men’s Relay
For general details on the event, visit http://www.yolorace.com/. The Bay restaurant is located at 24215 Highway 331 South in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.