Racers Win $6K During Aug. 15 Paddle at the PorchAugust 19, 2015
Photo Credit: Manny Chavez, MC Photo, www.mcphotos.com
Destin, Fla., Aug. 19 – On Aug. 15, more than 100 paddlers set off in the churning crystal clear Gulf waters behind The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House for the 4th Paddle at the Porch. Kieran Grant of Winter Park, Fla., and Kimberly Barnes of Hobe Sound, Fla., each won $1,500 for setting the best times in the male and female divisions of the Six Mile 12’6” Elite Race. Second place finishers Conner Bonham of Fleming Island, Fla., and Katherine Pyne of Bradenton, Fla., each won $1,000, and third place finishers Abraham Wilson of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and Bernadette Leach of Miramar Beach, Fla., each won $500.
The purse, which totaled $6,000, was possible through sponsors The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Destin Commons, Okaloosa Heart & Vascular Center, and ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals.
Racers, ages 6 – 72, represented nine states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin, and two racers traveled from Great Britain. In addition to the Six Mile 12’6” Elite Race, they also competed in additional six mile categories, three mile categories, a one mile recreational race, and a kids’ fun race. A portion of race proceeds benefited Building Homes for Heroes, a non-profit organization that builds or modifies homes and gifts them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families.
The 5th Annual Paddle at the Porch is set for Aug. 13, 2016. Follow Facebook.com/PaddleAtThePorch to stay up-to-date on race details and visit PaddleAtThePorch.com for a complete list of 2015 winners and photos.
Thank you to our race partners and sponsors, including partners BOTE and The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House; platinum sponsor Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.; cash purse sponsors The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Destin Commons, Okaloosa Heart & Vascular Center, and ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals; gold sponsors 99Rock, Advocare Independent Distributor – threesixtywellnessnola.com, Buffalo Rock Pepsi, Destin Magazine, Gulf Coast Beach Cams, Legacy Boating Club, MC Photo, Miller’s Ale House of Destin, and Mobimat Mobility Material; accommodations sponsors Destin Gulfgate, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Southern, Sterling Resorts and Realty, and SummerPlace Inn; silver sponsors Coastal Bank and Trust and GUSU Paddle and Surf; and bronze sponsors Jessica Womack – Edward Jones Investments; SUP-2U Paddle Board Co., and YOLO Board & Beach.