The record breaking European Open Beach Championship, the World’s largest 3-day beach angling festival celebrates its 21st birthday 7-9 March and will see over 1000 anglers return to the East Yorkshire Coast hoping to win a share of the £35,000 prize fund.

The huge prize pot has resulted in a massive surge in entries for this year’s event as competitors battle for the crown of European Open Beach Champion trying to win the large haul of cash.

Promotions and marketing across the UK and throughout Europe has resulted in overseas entrants from Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and Poland as well hundreds from all corners of the UK.

Anglers from a dozen countries are expected in the East Riding to compete in the hugely popular weekend which continues to attract ever increasing numbers of new faces despite the continued economic conditions.

The Beach Fishing extravaganza, which is organised by East Yorkshire Events and East Riding of Yorkshire Council is an enormous economic boost for the whole coastal area. Local businesses will benefit from over £1/2 Million which is spent within the East Yorkshire region in what is normally a very quiet time of the year.

Kieran Lawry from East Yorkshire Events said,

“We are really excited for this year’s 21st birthday event and the celebrations will be fantastic. Not only have we increased the prize fund, including doubling  the first prize but the change to the new bigger venue at Sand-Le-Mere Holiday Village has given the competition a real boost.

Once again we have been inundated with enquiries for tickets and accommodation. The Holiday Park accommodation sold out in just over 3 weeks and that is all down to the buzz that this year’s event has generated. We can’t wait to welcome such large numbers of first time visitors as well as our old friends to the area and showcase what a fantastic place East Yorkshire is.

The big increase in interest from across Europe is a fantastic reward for all the time, hard work and effort spent promoting the event on the continent.

The championship is a massive boost for the area’s economy in a traditionally quiet period and continues our commitment of delivering World class events in the East Riding of Yorkshire.”

The weekend starts on Friday 7th March with the eagerly anticipated EOBC Flattie Bash held on Tunstall Beach, in front of Sand Le Mere Holiday Village. This fun measure and release event is the ideal preparation for the weekend’s main competition held on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March.

Although this Festival of Beach Fishing now attracts the cream of European shore angling it remains true to its original values of offering a fun and enjoyable event for all the family that is open and accessible to all.

With separate sections dedicated to juniors and women the fully inclusive nature of the event really makes it stand out.

If you want a flavour of the event Fishing TV has two special programmes about the European Open including from the 2013 event – see SEA WATCH UK .

Meanwhile European Open HQ Sand-Le-Mere is on board as sponsor of the only regular video news item for sea anglers – SEA WATCH NEWS.