30A South Walton Shane 3 Destin filmmaker Shane Sauer Appointed Creative Director at YOLO Board

Shane Sauer

YOLO Board, LLC, has appointed Shane Sauer as Creative Director for the Florida-based stand-up paddle lifestyle retailer.

In his role, Sauer will oversee web marketing and video production for all YOLO Board brands including YOLO Bike Co., YOLO Paddle Co. and the company’s lifestyle apparel line.

Born and raised in Destin, Florida, Sauer earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Motion Picture Television and Recording Arts from Florida State University. He began his career as a freelance filmmaker in 2002 and spent six years in New York City working on feature films, commercials, documentaries and music videos.

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30A South Walton BEACH LIFE SWFW 2 3 Official Schedule for South Walton Fashion Week: Oct 6 12

South Walton Fashion Week has released the official schedule for their event, which will take place October 6 – 12 at Sandestin Town Center in Grand Boulevard.

The week-long event will include runway shows, a launch party and a style lounge with exclusive pop-up shops selling designer fashion ware in the fashion village at Grand Boulevard.

The week will kick off on Thursday with a series of trunk shows and a press conference at the Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin, where a panel of celebrity judges, designers and representatives for Visit South Walton and South Walton Fashion Week will answer questions and offer interviews. Immediately following the conference, the official Fashion Week launch party will take place at Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store. National and local designers and boutiques will show on the runway ThursdayFriday and Saturday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. 
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30A South Walton exploresm 500x358 Explore The Outdoors Festival at DeFuniak SpringsWalton Outdoors is hosting the annual Explore The Outdoors Festival on Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along the beautiful lakeyard in DeFuniak Springs on Circle Drive. The activities will be held behind the First Presbyterian Church.

This free fun-filled day for all ages is geared towards introducing children to the wonders of exploring the outdoors. The water activities are geared for children six years old and up.

Food vendors will be on hand. Hands-on activities will include fishing, boating, kayaking, wildlife encounters, interactive educational exhibits, nature-based crafts and much more.

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30A South Walton download Swim, Bike, Run at the 30A Triathlon at Gulf Place   Oct 11

The 30A Triathlonformerly known as the Destin Triathlon, will be held October 11. It will feature a fast course staged out of the beautiful Green at Gulf Place.

The triathlon will consist of a 300-yard swim, an 8-mile bike and a 5K run. You can race individually or build a team of three that specialize in each event or even a two-member team. Below is the event timeline:


4-7 p.m. – Packet pick up/Late Registration at Gulf Place Green


5 a.m. – Transition Open
5:30 a.m. – Body Marking and Packet Pickup
7 a.m. – Race Start
10:30 a.m. – Awards

Click here to register now.

This a great event for first timers. PT Solutions will supply all participants with a soft squeeze race bottle and all finishers receive a beautiful finishers medal. There will be an epic post-race party on the Green with music, red beans and rice and an awards ceremony. Former Channel 7 news anchor Jeremy Pate will be the announcer for the event.

Travel Advisory: Due to road closures, expect delays from 7 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. on 30A between Grayton Beach and Stinky’s fish house. 

For more info and registration details, visit Multisport.com.


While a handful of die-hard locals have no doubt sampled all of South Walton’s wonderful watering holes, out-of-town visitors don’t always have a lot of extra time to venture off the sandy path.

And although the following bars are somewhat hidden away from public view, there’s certainly no reason to keep any of them confidential. Even if you’re a local, we bet you’ll still find something new to try on our list of the Top 10 Secret Bars of South Walton:

30A South Walton The Marigny Top 10 Secret Bars of South Walton

The Marigny — Part of the WHO DAT Nation

1. The Marigny

Located just north of Highway 98 on Bald Eagle Drive, The Marigny is an out-of-the-way spot for locals and Who Dat ex-pats who crave authentic Cajun, Creole, and New Orleans cooking and concoctions. Executive Chef Chris Mongogna makes everything from scratch with 100% pure Louisiana soul and pride. The Marigny’s laid-back poolside setting is an ideal place to watch any big game… unless, of course, you’re rooting for the team that’s playing against The Saints!

30A South Walton Redd Top 10 Secret Bars of South Walton

Redd, The Singing Bartender

2. Redd’s Fueling Station

Tucked away behind “Sally’s by the Sea Store” (an old-school convenience store that sits right atop Blue Mountain Beach), Redd’s Fueling Station features food, a full bar and live tunes many nights of the week, including Open Mic nights. The Proprietor, Redd, is famous for her larger-than-life “Singing Bartender” personality, routinely belting out her unique brand of show tunes and rowdy fun to the delight of locals and visitors alike.

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30A South Walton Jessie Taylor 175 WaterColor Merchants Offer Everything Under the 30A SunBy Jessie Taylor

30A South Walton Blue Giraffe WaterColor Merchants Offer Everything Under the 30A SunWaterColor Merchants offer everything that your little heart could ever desire. I know this firsthand after meeting with Debbie Taylor and Christi Sheffield, the owners of The Blue Giraffe in WaterColor. For three hours, Debbie graciously gave me a personal tour of the many fabulous shops that WaterColor has to offer. Not only do these shops have everything that you could possibly need for a fun beach vacation, but these shop owners clearly share a special kinship that radiates all around WaterColor’s main square.

The WaterColor Merchants are not just a family-friendly series of stores: They’re like a family themselves.

Trekking around WaterColor, I got to know each store’s unique personality, and all of the many different things that they offer our community and 30A visitors. Just as I had the chance to get to know all of these wonderful people and their businesses, I’m now excited to offer you the same opportunity. Let’s start with The Blue Giraffe, because without the time they spent personally touring me around, there certainly wouldn’t be any article to read:

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30A South Walton PicMonkey Collage Mattie Kelly Arts Foundations Festival of the Arts Coming Oct 25 26

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the 19th Annual Festival of the Arts on October 25 – 26 from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. One of the Southeast’s premier festivals, the event showcases the original artwork of more than 100 juried artists from across the U.S., who will compete for $10,000 in cash award prizes.

The festival will feature include live music, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art raffle and more. A food bistro, wine and beer garden as well as convenient parking and free shuttle will also be available.

Explore a diverse palette of artistic styles, including: acrylic, clay, collage, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, mosaic, oil, pen and ink, photography, digital art, pastel, pottery, sculpture, fiber, textile, wood and water color and spend time meeting the artists, discovering their inspiration, and adding to your own collection.

Admission is $3 for adults; children 12-and-under are free.

For more info, visit Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation or call 850-650-2226.

30A South Walton tee shirt 2 NEW: Blue Mountain Base Camp ShirtEvery mountain needs a base camp, right? You know, a place to rest and prepare before you make the long, strenuous ascent up the mountain side. So why should 30A’s Blue Mountain Beach be any different? After all, lugging beach chairs, a cooler, umbrellas, and beach totes up and down that Blue Mountain is no easy feat! 

Our new Blue Mountain Base Camp shirt (Elevation: 0′) will help commemorate your epic ascent to Blue Mountain’s mysterious summit. This is a District Faded Crew Tee. Priced at $26.95, it comes in all possible sizes, from X-small to XX-Large and everything in between.

To buy this tee or browse through our range of cool beach gear, check out the Official 30A Gear website.