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Maui Stand Up Paddle Star Slater Trout Makes Guest Appearance in YOLO Stand Up Paddle Series PDF Print E-mail
By: Jenny Etheredge   
Monday, 28 June 2010
Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.  – YOLO Board announces the results of the third 2010 YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series race event on June 25th at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin. The Unbalanced team consisting of Jessica D’Aleo, Amanda Martin, Gina Seton and Terry Strohmeyer finished first in the Women’s Division. Team Laser Awesome composed of Jay Etheredge, Matt Lantrip, Steve Reeves and Shane Reynolds won the Men’s Division. The SoWal Lifeguard YOLO team of Justin Cook, Sean Hughes and Slater Trout finished first in the Elite division race, marking their third consecutive victory in the Elite division. Trout, a 15-year old Surf and Stand-Up Paddleboarding rising star from Maui, HI made a special guest appearance at the race. The 2010 series includes 14 Women’s teams, 11 Men’s teams and four Elite teams.

Originally from Pensacola Beach, Trout ( is a celebrated up-and-coming waterman who can be seen on national competition circuits. Recent national accolades include winning the Gulf Coast Stand Up Paddleboard Championship in May 2010, winning the Sunset Beach Trials event at the first contest of the Stand Up World Tour Sunset Beach, Hawaii, 2010 and earning several titles at the famed Duke’s Ocean Fest. Named as the ‘2nd Fastest Stand Up Paddler in the World’ at the 2009 Rainbow Sandal's Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle Race, Trout attended the race with father Casey Trout who also competed in the men’s division race.
“I continue to be amazed at the humbleness and Aloha spirit that the ambassadors of our sport bring forth,” elaborates Jeff Archer, co-founder of YOLO Board. “In addition to being a paddling standout, Slater Trout is always willing to share his knowledge and his spirit with anyone who has an interest for SUP. The YOLO Board community sends a big thanks to Slater and Casey Trout for honoring us with their participation in our event.”

The Women’s Division 2nd and 3rd place finishers were the On the Coast Magazine and Bentley’s on the Bay while the Grayton Beach Fitness and Billabong Destin teams rounded out the top three for the Men. The Sunset Beach Services and GUSU teams finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Elite Division. The next race event is scheduled for Thursday July 15th at Western Lake at the WaterColor BoatHouse. The 29 teams will continue on to compete throughout the series as they vie for the champion title “YOLO Board Cup Series” to be awarded after the final race in August in each division. Race dates (weather permitting) July 15th and August 19th. Races begin at 5:00pm.

The final YOLO Stand-Up Paddle Series Family Day race is also scheduled for July 18th at Western Lake at the WaterColor BoatHouse at 5:00pm. The lighthearted event offers children the opportunity to learn how to paddle and enjoy a little friendly competition out on the water. Children participate in different types of paddleboard races including parent/child races, relay style races and individual races. Entry fees are $25 per child with parents being free. The children’s race fee includes a YOLO race jersey.

The YOLO Board Stand-Up Paddle Series is made possible by the generous support of presenting sponsor The Destin Real Estate Company. Co-sponsors include: Stand Up Paddle Magazine, The Thirty-A Review, Kialoa Paddles, Wells Fargo Advisors, Seaside Beach, Copy Systems, Bud & Alleys, Pizza Bar, Taco Bar, Destin Health & Fitness Club, Vitamin Water, Pizza by the Sea, Swantree Concierge, Modus Photography, I Will Design For Food, and M Public Relations.

For additional information regarding The YOLO Stand-Up Paddle Series, please visit .

About YOLO Board

Founded by business partners Tom Losee and Jeff Archer in 2006, YOLO Board LLC is a locally owned stand-up paddleboard (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 Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and beyond as the custom paddleboard of choice, garnering widespread attention from the media including: Spirit Magazine, Southern Living, Coastal Living, The Weather Channel, Standup Journal, Florida Trend, Ocean Drive, Standup Paddle Magazine and Garden & Gun, to name a few. The company manufactures a variety of boards suited to fit any paddler: the Original YOLO, YOLO Express, YOLO Explorer, YOLO Yak, YOLO EcoTrainer, YOLO Planeador, YOLO Eclipse, and the recently debuted Steve Brom-custom race and surf performance line. 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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