Fun event includes paddleboard races, a YOLO Yak giveaway, silent auction and music Proceeds from the events will benefit both Holly Burke, an 18-year-old Destin resident suffering from clear cell sarcoma, a rare aggressive melanoma, and 28-year-old South Walton resident Jason Thompson, who is fighting a rare form of leukemia. YOLO Board LLC announces YOLO Board Seaside Celebration on Saturday, September 19th in Seaside. The celebration planned includes a fun-filled day on the water with morning paddleboard races, stand-up paddling demos, YOLO Yak fishing guide demos, silent auction, a YOLO Yak giveaway, and a concert from the popular Gulf Coast group HERITAGE. Proceeds from the events will benefit both Holly Burke, an 18-year-old Destin resident suffering from clear cell sarcoma, a rare aggressive melanoma, and 28-year-old South Walton resident Jason Thompson, who is fighting a rare form of leukemia. YOLO Board and Seaside are encouraging everyone to come out and ‘stand up’ in support of Holly and Jason. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. “The idea for the YOLO Board Seaside Celebration came about from the community searching for avenues to support these two young people, and our wish is to bring everyone together in honor of their courageous fights against their disease,” explained Adam Shiland, Event Producer for Seaside. “We feel that the YOLO lifestyle and mantra of ‘You Only Live Once’ captures the spirit of all things Seaside, and hope that everyone will come out for an enjoyable day on the water followed by what is sure to be a fantastic concert from HERITAGE.” The event kicks off with a series of paddleboard races in the Gulf of Mexico from 8:00am-1:00pm. The featured race of the event is the adult’s 3-mile race, which grants the 1st place winners of the men’s and women’s division a brand new 12’ Original YOLO board valued at $1,495.00. Additional races include an adult time trial course and two children’s time trial courses (divisions include ages 8-12 and ages 12-16). Time trial courses will be set according to water conditions. Adult race entry fees are $35 per person and the children’s entry fee is $20 per person. Rental boards will be available for participants who don’t own a board. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to finalists in all divisions. Tickets for the YOLO Yak Giveaway will be $5 per ticket (or $20 for 5 tickets) and are currently available for purchase by visiting select participating Seaside merchants or the YOLO Board retail warehouse location at 820 Hwy 393 N in Santa Rosa Beach. 100% of proceeds from the Yak Giveaway go directly to the charities for Holly and Jason. Additional information regarding Holly and Jason can be found at their respective websites Shred Out Cancer and www.kickingitforjason.com. There is no limit to how many tickets can be purchased per person and the winner does not have to be present at the drawing on September 19th. Launched earlier this year, the YOLO Yak retails for $995.00 and is the industry’s first ever hybrid stand-up paddleboard/kayak. HERITAGE will perform a concert from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in the Seaside Amphitheatre as part of the YOLO Board Seaside Celebration. Formed in 2007 in Okaloosa County, HERITAGE is comprised of seven members of varying ethnic backgrounds and influences creating a dynamic musical genre. Typically categorized as a pop/reggae band, their influences span anywhere from Bob Marley to 311 to Ben Harper to the Cure. HERITAGE has been performing all over the Gulf Coast to great reception and provides a laid back vibe the whole family can enjoy. “This event supports a cause close to my heart as Holly is a neighbor of mine and we’ve had the pleasure of watching her grow up into a lovely young woman. Jason has contributed to our community in so many ways—particularly as a volunteer children’s soccer coach for the area league,” added Jeff Archer, co-founder of YOLO Board LLC. “We are excited to be able to organize an event in their honor, and hope that everyone will come out to celebrate with us on this special day in Seaside.” Sponsors are still needed for the YOLO Board Seaside Celebration in order to ensure a successful event, including donated items for the silent auction. Current sponsors include YOLO Board LLC, The Merchants of Seaside, Kialoa, Copy Systems, Modus Photography, I Will Design For Food and M Public Relations. For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities or to donate an item for the silent auction, please contact YOLO Board 850.622.5760 or visit www.yoloboard.com.