SPORTS

YOLO Board Elite Racer Garrett Fletcher Places first in the Big River Regional

Special to The Log
Garrett Fletcher rounds a bouy in the Big River Regional held on the Mississippi River.

Destin’s Garrett Fletcher, recent addition to the YOLO Board Race Team, recently placed first overall in the 14-feet division in the Big River Regional in Baton Rouge, La.

The race was a WPA sanctioned 13-mile race down the Mississippi River.

Fletcher is the defending champion of the 2015 East Coast Paddle Board Championship, 14-feet Elite Division, and also received the Michael O'Shaughnessy Triple Crown of SUP racing for Florida by earning the lowest combined times in three major state events: the Florida State Championship, the Key West Paddleboard Classic and the East Coast Paddleboard Championship.

“It’s exciting to add such a passionate and talented young racer to the YOLO family,” said Jeff Archer, YOLO Board founder and CEO. “Garrett is a hometown boy with natural ability, an admirable work ethic and unstoppable enthusiasm. We look forward to watching him shine in competition nationwide.”

Fletcher is a former baseball and football player, attending Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. on a football scholarship where he became a record-setting starting tailback while studying athletic training and exercise science. The lifelong athlete was introduced to SUP in 2010 and participated in his first race in 2011. He has been dedicated to training and competing at a professional level since 2014. Fletcher is currently ranked No. 68 in SUP Racer’s World Rankings.

“I have had a passion for the water since I was a child whether it be fishing, surfing, or any water-related activity and have always admired the waterman lifestyle,” said Fletcher. “It’s an honor to be racing on the YOLO Board team, and I look forward to growing and learning on this new adventure with the support of Jeff and the rest of the YOLO tribe.”

For additional information regarding the YOLO Board Race Team, please visit www.YOLOBoard.com or call 850-622-5760.