Nearly 100 stand up paddlers gathered at Baytowne Marina in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort to compete in the opening race of the 2013 YOLO Board Mileage Builder Series on May 25.

The Paddle Dude, Cory Davis, from Stoke Radio was on hand to emcee and event sponsor Abita Brewing Company provided refreshments for all of the participants. In addition, Coastal Skin and Dermatology was onsite providing complimentary sunscreen and skin cancer screenings. The first event included a one mile competitive race, a one mile fun race and a free kids race. Presented by the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the Mileage Builder Series includes four monthly race events from May to August with competition increasing from one to four miles by the end of the series.

Top three finishers in each division include:

Overall Men

1- Justin Cook

2- Kyle Gallagher

3- Trapper Chechak

Overall Women

1- Jessica Daleo

2- Karen Mirlenbrink

3- Bernadette Leach

14' Men Race

1- Kyle Gallagher

2- Kevin Cook

3- Troy Archer

12'6 Men Race

1- Justin Cook

2- Trapper Chechak

3- Reid Nelson

12'6 Women Race

1- Jessica Daleo

2- Karen Mirlenbrink

3- Michelle Janzcewski

12' Men Rec

1- Dave Leach

2- Maciej Guzik

3- Norbert Nebucz

12' Women Rec

1- Bernadette Leach

2- Stacey Troy

3- Tara Starbuck

All events are open to the public and held at the Baytowne Marina. Remaining race dates (weather permitting) are June 15, July 20 and August 10 with day off registration at 8 a.m. For more information regarding YOLO Board, call 622-5760 or visit For additional information regarding the YOLO Board Mileage Builder Series, please visit