Each year, YOLO Board hosts one of the most fun outdoor activities you can find in South Walton — the YOLO Board Relay Series, held annually at The Bay restaurant. The final race in the series will be held Thursday, July 21, and after the race Heritage will take the stage for some more fun.
The three-part, family-friendly event is open and encouraging to paddle boarders of all skill types.
The event, sponsored by Garden of Life, will kick off at 4:30 p.m. with Walton County Special Olympics racers. Women will follow at 5:30, men at 6 and co-ed at 6:30.
It’s carefree and friendly competition, offering an opportunity for people of all skills to get involved, spectators to cheer on their favorite teams and for everyone to learn more about the increasingly popular water sport of stand-up paddling.
Check out this video from the 30A Team at last year’s race:
The 2015 men’s race:
This year’s edition will feature team relay-style competition in three recreational divisions: men’s, women’s and coed along with the return of a division dedicated to Special Olympics Florida-Walton County and Special Olympics Florida-Okaloosa County athletes. The event also includes giveaways, live music, refreshments and kids’ activities.
“Each year we are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and participation of the local SUP community for the race series,” said Jeff Archer, founder of YOLO Board. “When the series began, we had no idea that it would still be a highlight of our season nine years later. Adding the Special Olympics athletes has been such a rewarding experience for all involved.
“I love how this sport brings joy and empowerment to everyone who tries it.”
For more information regarding sponsorship or team registration, please visit www.YOLORace.com, call 850.424.6852 or email info@YOLOBoard.com. Receive race updates by joining the Facebook event at www.facebook.com/events/ 945811502161318.