Winners Announced for the 2nd Annual Five Flags Paddleboard Classic

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Great community and regional turnout for the race event that also raised over $3,000 for The Eagle Fund supporting wounded warriors from the American military


Five Flags Paddleboard Classic 1 Pensacola, Fla. (April 25, 2013) – 109 dedicated standup paddleboard racers battled beautiful but cool and windy conditions at Coastal Paddle Company’s 2nd Annual Five Flags Paddleboard Classic at The Grand Marlin on Pensacola Beach on Saturday, April 20th. The successful event featured a 1 mile race, a 3 mile race and a 1 mile kids fun race with courses slightly modified due to the water conditions in the Santa Rosa Sound. Additionally, $3,450 was raised for The Eagle Fund of the Andrews Institute Foundation via a raffle of a 2013 YOLO Board Original Sea Turtle standup paddleboard. The Eagle Fund offers wounded military servicemen and women access to high quality care that might otherwise be difficult for them to obtain.


Top finishers in the 1 Mile and 3 Mile races per division are as follows:


1 Mile Race Overall Women

1st Place          Stacey Troy

2nd Place         Carol Forsythe

3rd Place          Leah Palmer


1 Mile Race Overall Men

1st Place          Chris O’Grady

2nd Place         Matt Patrick

3rd Place          Greg Baker


1 Mile Race Men 17 & Under

1st Place          Ty Baker

2nd Place         Cameron Baehr


1 Mile Race Men 50+

1st Place          Brent Harris


3 Mile Recreation Class Overall Women

1st Place          Lin Cunningham


3 Mile Recreation Class Overall Men

1st Place          Justin Labrato

2nd Place         James Howe

3rd Place          Macie Guzik


3 Mile Recreation Class Men 50+

1st Place          David Vail


3 Mile 12’6 Race Division Overall Women

1st Place          Jessica Daleo

2nd Place         Bernadette Leach

3rd Place          MJ Jancweski


3 Mile 12’6 Men Race Division Overall Men

1st Place          Justin Cook

2nd Place         Matthew McDonald

3rd Place          Trapper Chechak


3 Mile 12’6 Race Division Men 17 and Under

1st Place          Matt Wise

2nd Place         Jack Archer

3rd Place          Tanner Chechak


3 Mile 12’6 Race Division Men 50+

1st Place          Rick Talbert

2nd Place         Ron Newby


3 Mile 14′ Race Division Overall Men

1st Place          Kyle Gallagher

2nd Place         Pete Buzzelli

3rd Place          Jeff Archer


3 Mile 14′ Race Division 50+

1st Place          David Leach

2nd Place         Edward Rudzki

3rd Place          Rick Moore


3 Mile Tandem Division

1st Place          Heather Baus / Savannah Baus


Five Flags Paddleboard Classic 1Coastal Paddle Company thanks all racers and spectators for their support of the event and of the Eagle Fund of the Andrews Institute Foundation. The Gulf Breeze Chamber of Commerce recently honored the complete outdoor outfitter as the ‘2013 Emerging Business of the Year’. For more information, please call 850-916-1600, or visit


About Coastal Paddle Company

Coastal Paddle Company is the original dedicated standup paddleboard shop and coastal outdoor outfitter of the Gulf Breeze and Pensacola area. The company offers a great selection of equipment, accessories and apparel from YOLO Board, Quickblade, Kialoa, Patagonia, TOMS Shoes, Olukai, prAna, Marmot, Kavu, Hornytoad and much more. Founded by SUP enthusiast and Gulf Breeze resident Kevin Cook, Coastal Paddle Company was inspired by the adaptability and versatility of SUP. In his own words, “Stand up paddleboarding was the first activity that every member of my family, from my wife to all three of my children wanted to participate in together. It truly is an activity for everyone and we’re excited to help create a local SUP community and expose more people to the wonders of SUP.” Coastal Paddle Company offers daily to weekly standup paddleboard rentals and both private and group lessons from a certified instructor. Retail/Rental locations are 314 Gulf Breeze Parkway and 33A Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze, FL. For additional information, please call 850-916-1600, email or visit


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