Big Rock is one of America’s largest and oldest sportfishing tournaments

COLUMBUS, GA. (May 1, 2019) – Salt Life, one of today’s leading active lifestyle brands, will be a Diamond Sponsor for the 61st Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament as well as the 2nd Annual Big Rock, Big Hero Experience. The Big Rock, Big Hero Experience shares the ultimate offshore fishing opportunity with active-duty military members stationed in North Carolina. Participants will spend the day aboard a first-class sportfishing boat amongst Big Rock’s most elite anglers, will be outfitted in Salt Life apparel and featured at the weigh station. 

Proceeds from the Big Rock Tournament benefit several local, core charities and larger-impact community projects. Events will take place June 8-16 in Morehead City, North Carolina. Salt Life representatives will be on site for attendees interested in purchasing their new optics and joining others who “Sea Clearly” with Salt Life sunglasses. For more information, visit Service members interested in participating and community members interested in nominating a service member can register  

“We are excited to once again have the opportunity to sponsor the Big Rock Tournament and to also be able to include this year’s Big Rock, Big Hero Experience in our efforts for the 2019 tournament,” commented Jeff Stillwell, Salt Life President. “The tournament has built a strong relationship with the military and we are pleased to provide funding to take it to the next level.” 

About Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament:
The Big Rock began in 1957 as the Fabulous Fisherman’s Club when local businessmen requested the charter fleet seek blue marlin off the coast of Morehead City. On September 14, 1957, Captain Bill Olsen aboard the Mary Z and his angler Jimmy Croy brought the first blue marlin to the docks weighing a mere 143.5 pounds.  This historical catch won a prize of 250 silver dollars.

Today, the Big Rock is a world-class fishing tournament located on the beautiful Crystal Coast in Morehead City, North Carolina.  The June event is a modified release tournament which includes prizes for gamefish. The 2018 total purse was $2,560,925 and hosted 183 boats. The exciting week includes The Big Rock Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament and Junior Angler prizes.

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is a non-profit tournament dedicated to funding charities and worthy organizations within its community. To date, the Big Rock has donated over $5 million dollars to charity.

About Salt Life: 
Salt Life is an authentic and aspirational lifestyle brand that embraces those who love the ocean and everything associated with living the “Salt Life.” Founded in 2003 by four avid watermen from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, the Salt Life brand has widespread appeal with ocean enthusiasts worldwide. From fishing, diving and surfing, to beach fun and sun-soaked relaxation, the Salt Life brand says, “I live the Salt Life.” Numerous professional athletes, sportsmen and other ambassadors in the fishing, surfing, diving, rock, pop and country music worlds have an alliance with the brand through cross-marketing partnerships. Learn more about Team Salt Life here. Salt Life is the preferred lifestyle brand of outdoor and fishing legends like Peter Miller, Captain Jimmy Nelson, Luiza Barros, Captain Don Dingman, Erin Osborne and more. The brand is also visible in areas across the media, sports and popular culture landscapes, including music videos, national tour sponsorships, fishing and outdoors-related television shows, professional auto-racing events and Salt Life’s popular YouTube channel.

From its first merchandise offerings in 2006, Salt Life has grown with distribution in surf shops, specialty stores, department stores and sporting goods retailers. Salt Life products are also available to consumers at and at Salt Life’s various branded retail stores including locations in Huntington Beach and San Clemente, California, Columbus, Georgia, and Daytona Beach and Tampa, Florida. The brand’s flagship store is located in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, where the term “Salt Life” was coined over 15 years ago. The Salt Life brand is committed to supporting conservation efforts by contributing to various organizations through Salt Life Gives Back. Learn more here.

Salt Life, LLC is an operating subsidiary of Delta Apparel, Inc. (NYSE American: DLA). Salt Life’s corporate office is located in Columbus, Georgia and its distribution center is located to Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

About Delta Apparel, Inc.:
Delta Apparel, Inc., along with its operating subsidiaries, Salt Life, LLC, M. J. Soffe, LLC, and DTG2Go, LLC, is an international design, marketing, manufacturing, and sourcing company that features a diverse portfolio of core activewear and lifestyle apparel and related accessory products. The Company specializes in selling casual and athletic products through a variety of distribution channels and distribution tiers, including department stores, mid and mass channels, e-retailers, sporting goods and outdoor retailers, independent and specialty stores, and the U.S. military. The Company’s products are also made available direct-to-consumer at its branded retail stores and on its websites at,, and The Company’s operations are located throughout the United States, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico, and it employs approximately 8,100 people worldwide. Additional information about the Company is available at