Panama City Beach to Host First 2011 EVP Beach Volleyball Tour Event

CHICAGO (April 22, 2011) – The 2011 EVP Beach Volleyball Tour opens up in Panama City Beach on Saturday, May 14 with the Super-Cup of Watercross, Panama City, FL. Thousands spectators are expected to head to the beach that weekend to see eight of the top female volleyball players compete as the fast-paced pros Watercross Series take on the Gulf of Mexico.

“We are excited to return to Panama City Beach this year,” stated EVP Tour president and founder Ross Balling, “The area is gorgeous and athletes and spectators alike have a great time.”

Dan Rowe, president and CEO of the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, added, “We are proud to be a host city for this successful event and thrilled to showcase our world-famous beaches in a whole new way.”

Long known for its emerald-green waters and white sandy shores, Panama City Beach is ideal for travelers seeking a quintessential beach vacation filled with fun. Located in the Northwest region of Florida and spanning 27 miles of beachfront along the Gulf of Mexico, the REAL.FUN.BEACH. destination offers affordable fun year-round with a wide array of land and water recreational activities, a blossoming culinary scene, new shopping and entertainment options, and much more.

“The EVP Tour has played an integral part in our development of sand sports in Panama City Beach and continues to play a major role in our quest of sports festivals,” commented Richard Sanders, V.P. Sports Marketing of the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Panama City Beach also plays host to regional and national sports events for both youth and adults, and there is something for all sports enthusiasts from spectator to participant. With the 2010 opening of the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, this charming beach town with Southern hospitality is more easily accessible and affordable than ever before. Accommodations options range from cozy beach cottages to luxurious multi-bedroom condominiums, suiting all types of travelers – from families and couples to girlfriend getaways and of course, sports groups. For more information, call 1-800-PCBEACH or visit www.visitpanamacitybeach.com.

The EVP® Tour has established a national pro-am volleyball attraction and travels to ten key markets across the country from May to September. The EVP® has established a national clearance with Comcast Sports Network and will produce eight, 30 minute TV shows that reach over 60 million viewers over 40 states per airing. Grassroots efforts by the organization assist regional and local athletes, and local EVP® Network Members assist by establishing young adult relationships that drives participation in our events. Learn more at www.evptour.com. Register for the Tour at www.evptour.com or call Carlos Jimenez, Tour Director at 773.387.1198.