West Marine Press Release

West Marine and Sperry Top-Sider Announce Winner of Ultimate Paddling Escape Sweepstakes

Alaska Sportman Roy Makarka is heading to Los Angeles for lesson with stand up paddler Slater Trout

Media Contacts:

Margo Donohue
West Marine

WATSONVILLE, CA (July 9, 2014)

West Marine, the world’s largest waterlife outfitter, today announced that sportsman Roy Makarka of Anchorage, Alaska, was the grand prize winner in the West Marine Sperry Top-Sider Ultimate Paddling Escape Sweepstakes. Makarka’s prize package, valued at more than $4,000, sends him to Los Angeles for a private stand up paddling lesson with professional stand up paddler Slater Trout. His total winnings include:

Merchandise at the new store will include:

  • Boardworks Kraken 10'3 paddle board
  • Dynal adjustable paddle
  • Inflatable PFD from West Marine
  • Four pairs of Sperry Top-Sider footwear
  • $500 American Express gift card for meals, expenses and ground transportation
  • Coach airfare for two travelers to Los Angeles
  • Accommodations for one hotel room for two nights

Makarka is a commercial fisherman who catches salmon out of the Bristol Bay area and halibut in the Bering Sea. From his 16-foot boat, he hunts bears, moose, and ducks in the ocean and on rivers. He is also an avid snowboarder and surfer. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank West Marine and Sperry Top-Sider for this great prize! Last year I had my first ever experience paddle boarding in Hawaii, and I fell in love with the experience and have been thinking about getting a board for the lakes and some of the surfs here in Alaska," says Makarka. "Our summers are short, and we live every day of them by playing outside on our lakes, creeks, rivers, and seas for all of our water sports."

Five other lucky winners won Sperry Top-Sider footwear through the contest, which received approximately 8,000 entries and ran May 1-31, 2014. Entry forms were available at West Marine stores and online at westmarine.com/sweepstakes.

About West Marine

Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine, Inc. has grown to become the largest omni-channel specialty retailer exclusively offering gear, apparel and footwear and other waterlife-related products to anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. With over 275 stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and an eCommerce website reaching domestic and international customers, West Marine is recognized as the dominant waterlife outfitter for cruisers, sailors, anglers and paddle sports enthusiasts. West Marine has everything you need for your life on the water. For more information on West Marine, Inc. its products and store locations, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464). West Marine’s stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR.