Saturday was a busy day in Panama City Beach, as USSSA's "Softball At The Beach" Tournament was in action, and the EVP Beach Volleyball Tour and Super Cup of Watercross all came to town. The USSSA Slowpitch softball tournament brought 21 teams to compete, and tournament director Connie Bryon says the tourney's been here since 1999, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon.
"We love coming back because our people enjoy coming," she said. "You can't have a tournament if you don't have the teams. As long as the teams support the tournament, we'll be back doing what we're doing. People love to be on the beach, so like I said, as long as we can work it out, and the teams support the tournament, we'll be here."
The EVP Tour comes to PCB twice a year, with Saturday's tournament the first of the two trips. The tournament featured pro, amateur, and junior division, with close to 50 teams participating. Gretchen Duffner has been on the tour since it's inception, and says sharing the beach with the Watercross competition gives something to see for anyone stopping by.
"All the fans love to come out and cheer us on," she said. "This location, you can't get a better beach. It's great to have extreme athletes on all levels. With have the pro beach volleyball players with EVP, and you also have the extreme athletes in the water. So you have the jet skiers, the free stylists, the racers, it's an amazing event."
The Watercross competition is making it's third straight appearance in Bay County, and spokesman David Knisley says Panama City Beach is the prettiest stop on the tour all year.
"The beach speaks for itself, I have to be honest with you," said Knisley. "This is the nicest beach in the entire continental US. There's no better place to host an event, and with all the support we get, that's what keeps us coming back year after year."