The past few days were tons of beachy fun during our 2015 30A GEAR photo shoot, featuring photographer Sean Murphy. Check out some behind-the-scenes videos, or follow 30A or Sean Murphy on Instagram to get a small glimpse of what’s in store…

Kevin Boyle. Photo by Jacqueline Ward Images.

Kevin Boyle. Photo by Jacqueline Ward Images.

Today, Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club is hosting a big golf tournament in support of Food For Thought, a wonderful local group helping to fight child hunger by providing eligible students with weekly access to backpacks filled with healthy, easy-to-prepare foods.

Kevin Boyle sat down with 30A Radio to share more about the organization’s efforts, upcoming events like their golf tournament, and a restaurant that donates 20 percent of all food and drinks sales during happy hour one Thursday every month.

Music by John and Jacob, who will be performing this summer at Seaside.

Learn more about Food For Thought at www.fftfl.org.

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Presented by Garden of Life, the three part series features relay-style competition.

YOLO Board invites all area standup paddleboarding enthusiasts to join the 8thAnnual YOLO Board Relay Series scheduled for May 28, June 18 and July 16, 2015.

Presented by Garden of Life, the much-anticipated annual race series will be held at The Bay restaurant on the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. The relay-style competitions are in three recreational divisions: men’s, women’s and co-ed. In addition, Special Olympics Florida-Walton County and Special Olympics Florida-Okaloosa County athletes will compete for the second year in a row.

Characterized by carefree and friendly competition, the series offers an opportunity for spectators to cheer on their favorite teams and learn more about the ever-growing watersport of SUP.

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An example of what the swings will look like once they are installed.

An example of what the swings will look like once they are installed.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is trying to raise $10,000 to install wheelchair swings to accommodate disabled citizens at several area parks.

“We have beautiful parks, but there is a need for disabled accessible play equipment,” said Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson. “I hope the community will join our ‘Swing Team’ and help us reach our goal to create parks that welcome people of all abilities to enjoy the fun.”

The sheriff’s office has created an ‘Everyone Plays’ account for those who wish to donate. Inmates of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail will help with the preparation of each location and installation of the swings.

Click here to help!

Charles Bell of Land Rover Gulf Coast poses with his two sons at the 30A Sand Rover Rally in 2014.

Charles Bell of Land Rover Gulf Coast poses with his two sons at the 30A Sand Rover Rally in 2014.

Land Rover enthusiast Charles Bell got into the vehicles mostly by chance.

When he was hired on as a technician at Land Rover 16 years ago, he didn’t know much about them. It didn’t take long to catch on to their appeal.

“Land Rover is all about getting off the pavement, getting out in nature, enjoying God’s creation with no traffic lights,” Bell said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Land-Rover-Gulf-Coast-600Within a few years of starting the job, he bought his own Land Rover, started taking it off-roading and was hooked. Soon after, he founded the Gulf Coast Land Rover Club and has become an integral part of the community.

This weekend, Bell and about 100 Land Rover and funky beach cruiser enthusiasts from across the Southeast are expected to bring their vehicles out for the second annual 30A Sand Rover Rally. This year Land Rover Gulf Coast in Mobile, Ala., where Bell is a master technician, is the presenting sponsor, and the rally is expected to bring double the crowd of last year’s inaugural event.

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will-kimbroughAward-winning musician Will Kimbrough chats with 30A Radio about how the Gulf Coast influenced his sound and why he thinks the 30A Songwriters Fest is the best music festival in the world.

He also recounts the story of how a chance backstage meeting with Jimmy Buffett years later led Buffett to recording several of Kimbrough’s songs.

Kimbrough grew up in Mobile, Ala., and now lives in Nashville, Tenn., where is constantly recording and heading out to tour the country playing shows. Check out his website for more info and head on over to Pensacola May 9, 2015, to catch him live with his band Willie Sugarcapps at Vinyl Music Hall.

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