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Team Yolo nabs 1st at East Coast Paddleboard Champs


Gary Wise : photo courtesy Yolo Board

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Team YOLO Wins at the East Coast Paddleboard Championship

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 July, 2009 : - - Santa Rosa Beach, Fla -- YOLO Board LLC announces that Gary Wise, a member of Team YOLO Men, finished first in the over 12' Stand Up Paddleboard Division of the 13th annual East Coast Paddleboard Championship in Ponce Inlet, FL on July 18th. 

Wise, the South Walton Beach Safety Director, was also awarded the Michael O'Shaughnessy Award as the paddler with the fastest combined times in the Florida State, Key West Classic and East Coast Championships. In the 12’ and under Stand Up Paddleboard Division, Team YOLO members Justin Cook, Lindsay Whittaker, and Sean Hughes finished first, second and third respectively. 

In the women's division, Mindy Livingston and Suzzy Spang from Orlando, and also on Team YOLO, finished first and second.  All Team YOLO members were paddling stock 12’ YOLO Boards.  The 6.5 mile race was presented by Maddog Surfboards, Leslie Rules, Bark Ocean and the East Coast Paddleboard Association.

About YOLO Board: Founded by business partners Tom Losee and Jeff Archer in 2006, YOLO Board LLC is a locally owned hybrid-style stand-up paddle board (SUP) company based in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.  Aptly named for the mantra, “You Only Live Once,” the company has quickly gained the reputation along the Emerald Coast and beyond as the custom paddleboard of choice garnering attention from the media including:

The Weather Channel, Garden & Gun, Standup surf & sail Journal, Florida Travel + Life, Memphis Magazine, Thicket Magazine, and Palm Beach Illustrated, to name few.  The company manufactures four types of boards: the “Original YOLO,” the “YOLO Yak,” the “YOLO Express” and the “YOLO Explorer.”  Rentals, lessons, corporate and team building packages and a complete array of YOLO accessories are available.  For more information, visit or call 850.622.5760.

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