The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin, one of the nation’s premier billfish tournaments, will be presented by not one but two great sponsors this year. The Outdoor Recreation Company of America, ORCA, has teamed up with Mojo Sportswear in a new co-sponsorship at the tournament’s Presenting level. “We had such a great time at last year’s event working with the Mojo staff that it just made perfect sense for us to team up this year,” says ORCA’s co-founder and president, Jim Ford. “It’s a great fit for us and we’re able to build some terrific relationships during this event—we look forward to it all year long.”
Mojo Sportswear will also remain at the Presenting Sponsor level, highlighting their unique blend of technical fishing gear and casual lines at the tournament, working out of their 40-foot, fully wrapped Mojo World Tour bus. “The ECBC is definitely one of the best events of the year for us,” reports Mojo co-founder and president Tim Mossberg. “The Mojo brand has very strong ties to bluewater sportfishing—most of our products are geared toward the demands of tournament fishing: long hours, lots of heat and sun exposure, salt spray, just a torture test for clothing. It’s one reason Mojo offers high UPF sun protection factors and great moisture-wicking capability in just about everything we offer.”
ORCA was founded by Jim Ford and Cliff Walker, both veterans of the building industry and hardcore hunters and anglers. The pair decided to use their business acumen, passion for the outdoors and sense of pride in America to produce high-end outdoor products that would not only perform at the very highest levels but that would also be made entirely in the United States, using American components and labor. And, just as the ECBC supports several conservation and charitable organizations, ORCA also believes in giving back to the community. “ORCA isn’t just about selling product,” Ford says. “We recognize our corporate responsibility and the need to give back to those who have helped make our company successful.” A portion of every ORCA product sold is returned to conservation groups, wounded warrior programs, breast cancer research and women’s outdoor groups.
In just a few short years, Mojo Sportswear has grown to become the hottest new brand in the marine industry thanks to a lineup that offers tournament-proven technical fishing gear as well as a more casual line that’s perfect for those hours spent off the water. Outerwear, footwear, foul weather gear and accessories round out the company’s offerings. And while they have a worldwide network of Retail Partners, Mojo remains firmly rooted in the Florida Panhandle, with their corporate offices in Ft. Walton Beach and a retail showroom right off Hwy. 98 in Destin.
For more information on the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin, visit www.fishecbc.com.