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Ten Years After… YOLO Relay Series Returns to South Walton

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YOLO Board, LLC hosts the tenth installment of the YOLO Board Relay Series, a three-part standup paddleboard (SUP) race series and family event May 18, June 15 and July 20.


Presented by YOLO Board Adventures, the events will be held at the Bay restaurant with races on the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. Race days will include giveaways, live music, refreshments and kids’ activities.


One of the pioneer SUP events on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast, the YOLO Board Relay Series has expanded and evolved as the sport’s popularity has grown across the area. 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 athletes.


“Each year we are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and participation of the local SUP community for the race series,” says Jeff Archer, founder of YOLO Board. “When the series began, we had no idea that it would still be a highlight of our season 10 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.”


Defined by a lighthearted and festive atmosphere, the series allows participants of all skill levels to enjoy being on the water and offers the perfect venue for spectators to relax and cheer on their favorite teams. The Bay offers a picturesque sandy beach along the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay with seating and refreshments readily available.


Signature 10th anniversary t-shirts will be available for purchase at each race, and all racers receive a swag bag that includes a t-shirt.


Each race series event will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Bay, located at 24215 US Highway 331 South in Santa Rosa Beach.


For more information regarding sponsorship or team registration, call 850-424-6852 or email Discover more at

– Mitzi Archer
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