YOLO Board has announced that team rider Ingo Rademacher will be the first celebrity SUPer to join ABC's “Dancing with the Stars.” The announcement was made on Good Morning America Feb. 26. Ingo is famous for playing the role of Jasper "Jax" Jacks on General Hospital since 1996. The season premiere of DWTS airs at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18.
YOLO Board recently caught up with Ingo, who taught YOLO lessons in South Walton in 2011, to get the firsthand scoop on his new adventure.
YOLO: We’re so stoked for you, Ingo! How do you feel about doing DWTS?
Ingo: Super nervous! I have two left feet, slight dyslexia and a little ADD ... I'm a man! A great combination to learn dance steps, haha.
YOLO: Can you dance?
Ingo: Not yet, but I really hope I'm going to learn. This is probably the scariest thing I've ever done.
YOLO: Who is your dance partner?
Ingo: Kym Johnson. She has won DWTS twice already! We’ve had a couple of rehearsals and I couldn't have asked for a better partner. It's working well so far but that doesn't mean I can dance yet.
YOLO: Do you think your stand up paddling has helped prepare you for DWTS?
Ingo: Yes! Especially all the SUP surfing I've been doing lately in Hawaii on my 9'2 YOLO surf model, which involves a lot of squatting, balancing and lunging. But dancing is so different … everything hurts at the moment. When it’s all said and done, I think my legs will be in good shape for the 3-mile long Molokai race in July this summer.
YOLO: Are you planning to race much this year?
Ingo: Definitely! After DWTS, I will head back to Hawaii and train hard for Molokai. I’m hoping to also run another Camp YOLO Board Hawaii this July, so stay tuned for that. I'm also planning on doing a few longer races after Molokai in Kauai and Maui. After that most likely Lake Tahoe and Hood River. All depends on a lot of things, but that’s my plan so far.
YOLO Board seeks race teams and sponsors for 6th annual Relay Series
Each spring, area standup paddleboard enthusiasts gather for an exciting season of four monthly relay races known as the YOLO Board Relay Series. A high spirited kick-off for the 6th edition of the event is set for May 30 at the WaterColor BoatHouse on Western Lake. YOLO Board is currently seeking both community sponsors and race teams for this year’s series.
Presented by longtime sponsor Destin Real Estate Company, the 6th Annual YOLO Board Relay Series features relay-style competition between male and female teams of three in the Recreational division and the Next Level division. The light-hearted series includes racers of all skill levels and ages from junior to seniors vying for the coveted champion title and engaging in fun, friendly competition out on the water. New additions to this year’s event include race giveaways, live music, refreshments and special kids activities.
"Destin Real Estate Company is proud to support the YOLO Board Relay Series for the fourth consecutive year," said Blake Morar, owner of Destin Real Estate Company. “The races are a blast whether you are a racer or a spectator. It’s a great showing of the spirit of our South Walton community, and we are looking forward to cheering on all of the participants this year.”
All events will be held at YOLO Board Adventures at the WaterColor BoatHouse and scheduled races (weather permitting) are May 30, June 13, July 18 and Aug. 8.
A wide range of sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses and individuals wishing to support the series. For racers, the one-time race entry fee is $180 per three-person relay team ($60 per person) for both the Recreational division and the Next Level division. Complimentary 2013 signature event T-shirts will be provided for each participating team. For more information, call 850-622-5760 or email info@YOLOBoard.com. For additional information regarding YOLO Board, go to www.YOLOBoard.com.