11th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort to Host 11th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic
‘Top Ten Big Money’ Tournament in the World

Destin, Fla. (June 6, 2013) – The 11th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic (ECBC) is scheduled for June 19-23 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Fishing takes place in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the most prolific fisheries in the United States.

ECBC is the richest tournament on the Gulf having reached cash purses as high as $1.5 million and was ranked by Marlin magazine as the #5 big money tournament in the world. ECBC is also a key stop for the World Billfish Series and the International Game Fish Association’s Offshore Championship. This popular tournament is a supporter of The Billfish Foundation, Sandestin Foundation for Kids and Harvest House.

“The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic in now in its 11th season, with the event and payout growing every year,” says Shawna Harris, tournament director. “Each time we look forward to breaking new records on the challenging Gulf of Mexico billfish circuit and entertaining fisherman and families alike.”

Tournament week at Sandestin offers something for everyone, from family activities, special events and sponsor exhibits to the spectacular weigh-ins at Baytowne Marina Saturday night. Spectators and participants alike will have the opportunity to enjoy the excitement of the biggest catch and discover the new 2013 winners. For more information, visit www.fishecbc.com.

MOJO Sportfishing Gear will be the presenting sponsor for the third year in a row, featuring their Sportfishing line which offers everything from surfer-inspired moisture-wick fabrics to cutting edge marine life graphics. Additional sponsors include Alexseal, ATT-Yellowpages, Coca-Cola, Florida Detroit Diesel-Allison & MTU, Galati Yacht Sales & Viking Yachts, Joe Donovan Insurance, Elephant Walk, Hancock Bank, Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, Marlin Grill, King Sailfish Mounts, Miller Marine, News Channel 7 (WJHG-TV NBC), Saunders Yachtworks, Sunbelt Rentals, Salty Dog and Visit South Walton.

All of Sandestin’s lodging options provide easy access to dining, shopping, world-famous sugar sand beaches and other area attractions. For information or reservations: www.sandestin.com, 866-91-BEACH.

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was named the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,300 Destin vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in Destin hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrian village with shopping, dining and nightlife. Guests can visit www.sandestin.com or follow Sandestin on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information and events.

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Media Contacts:

ShawnaHarris@sandestin.com
850/267-6168

Brooke Scholl (850) 267-4164
brookscholl@sandestin.com