The Offshore World Championship is the largest offshore fishing tournament in the world, and this year the tournament is coming to Costa Rica. This year’s event will he held at Marina Pez Vela in Quepos near Manuel Antonio and its famous national park. With the support of the Costa Rican Tourism Board the festivities will commence on Sunday, April 14, through Friday, April 19.
Marina Pez Vela is a proud host to such a well respected and internationally recognized fishing event, and without hesitation accepted the invitation, from the Marine Division of Bonnier Corporation, to host the event.
Marina Pez Vela is home to many of Costa Rica’s top charter fleets and has been the host of big game release tournaments such as the 2011 Costa Rica Classic and the 2012 Quepos Billfish Cup. Now, as host to the 2013 Offshore World Championship, Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, has truly made its mark as a world-class marina and sport fishing destination.
Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director and Marine Group publisher, accounts, “This central pacific coast town of Costa Rica has been chosen from among the world’s top offerings for having all the necessary elements of incredible offshore fishing, calm waters, quality resorts, charter operators and a new world class marina destination.”
The Offshore World Championship is the culmination of 130 qualifying tournaments that attract a special breed of anglers, who are driven by the opportunity to compete with the best in the world. In its 13-year history, the Offshore World Championship has attracted thousands of anglers; however, as an invitational tournament only the winning teams of the qualifying tournaments are invited to compete. Therefore, participants in the Offshore World Championship represent the “best of the best” in the sport-fishing industry.
The 2012 IGFA Offshore World Championship hosted 46 teams from 21 countries in the beautiful destination of Cabo San Lucas Mexico. First place went to Mexico based anglers whose total points from 37 striped marlin releases was 7400. First place angler, Hernando Gonzales, earned 4800 points in the tournament overall. This year’s tournament expects just as many teams to participate, and hopes to see Gonzales’ competitive marks topped.
The 2013 tournament will begin with a gala kickoff party, where tournament rules, briefing, and charter boat draw will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at the El Parador Resort patio. The next morning, Monday, April 15, will mark the official beginning to the tournament and the adventure of a lifetime!
For more information visit the tournament’s website: