Grab Your Boards, It’s Time For YOLO’s Relay Series

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Photo by Shane Sauer

Each year, YOLO Board hosts one of the most fun outdoor activities you can find in South Walton — the YOLO Board Relay Series.

The three-part, family-friendly event is open and encouraging to paddle boarders of all skill types. (Believe me, I should know, I raced last year and it was my first time on a board!)

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.

This year, the ninth installment of the series, is presented by Garden of Life and again held at The Bay restaurant on the beautiful shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay.  All races start at 4:30 p.m.

The final race will be held July 21 at 4:30 p.m.

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, call 850.424.6852 or email Receive race updates by joining the Facebook event at 945811502161318.

Find more info and how to register here.

Check out these awesome photos by Shane Sauer from last year’s races: