Do you enjoy competitive fun at the beach and lively celebration parties afterward? You’ll probably enjoy the annual Manhattan Open where tourists and residents alike look forward to joining in the festivities.
The Manhattan Open is known as “Wimbledon” or “The Super Bowl” to the volleyball community and on August 17th-20th the Association of Volleyball Professional (AVP) will be playing on the iconic Manhattan Beach in part of a cross-country volleyball tournament that stretches from coast-to-coast—including stops in Texas.
People love to swim, play and enjoy the beach. Volleyball is one of the most popular sports played on the beach and is a common site to see there. In fact, the Association of Volleyball Players (AVP) holds almost all of their events on the beach. In particular, this summer the AVP will hold an event at Hermosa Beach on July 20th - July 23rd as well as one at Manhattan Beach on August 17th - August 20th. People from all over the area and country will attend.
Volleyball may be the ultimate summertime beach sport, but in Southern California, the pros don't come out to compete until the end of summer. Beginning on the 27th of August, the California Beach Volleyball Association's tournaments continue through the end of August, all of September, and the beginning of October, ending on October 2nd. In other words, if you're a volleyball fan, now is the time to come to the South Bay area.
The sheer size of the competition and amount of competitors means that the tournament takes place in a lot of locations, including the Hermosa Beach Pier, Marine Street at Manhattan Beach, and Huntingdon Beach. Also, nearly every tournament day includes a mixture of team types: women, men, co-ed, and youth. On top of that is an even further category of skill level. Briefly, they are: Open/AAA, the highest level, AA, very experienced players, A, players with some strong skills, B, intermediate skills, and Unrated, completely new players.
The annual Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament is almost here! On August 4th and 5th, 2016, plan to spend the day in the sand! The tournament takes place during the International Surf Festival, which begins August 4th and runs through the 7th. Both the volleyball tournament and the festival itself will be memorable experiences for all who join!
Playing in the Sand
For those who enjoy volleyball, the Charlie Saikley Volleyball Tournament is the place to be. Started by Charlie Saikley in the 1970s, the tournament focuses on the basics of volleyball - with a kick. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes, making this quite the sight to see. A Jr. 6-Man tournament is held to allow kids to participate and learn more about this fast-paced sport.
The 57th AVP Manhattan Beach Tournament is coming back home to Manhattan Beach, the birthplace of beach volleyball. This year marks the world-renowned event as the "longest running, continuous tournament in the sport of beach volleyball".
The celebration begins with the Volleyball Walk of Fame Red Carpet Ceremony at the Manhattan Beach Pier Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 3:00 PM to honor last year’s men’s and women’s champions, April Ross, Jen Fopma, Phil Dalhausser, and Nick Lucena.
The tournament begins with the Qualification Tournament on July 14, followed by Main Draw Tournaments the next three days. Opening Rounds take place on July 15, Elimination Rounds are on July 16, and the tournament wraps up with Final Rounds on July 17.
If you love volleyball, then Manhattan Beach, California is the perfect place for you. This two-mile long beach has 100 sand volleyball courts just waiting for players to hang their nets and start having fun. Plus there are plenty of tournaments, including the well-known Manhattan Beach Open, the granddaddy of all professional beach volleyball tournaments, held annually for over five decades. This is where the "AVP [Association of Volleyball Professionals] returns to the birthplace of beach volleyball" and where you can watch the best male and female volleyball players in action. This world-renowned event is one of the most exciting in volleyball history.
Another fabulous annual event is the International Surf Festival, where you can enjoy a number of fun races and competitions, including the premier Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament.
Make your hotel reservations now for this year's Int'l Surf Festival, presented by the Chambers of Commerce and Cities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles County Fire Department and Department of Beaches and Harbors.
The 2016 host city for the 55th International Surf Festival is the City of Hermosa Beach. The event promotes the four South Bay beach cities, the world’s best lifeguard service, and physical fitness for thousands of participants. Participants range in age from 8 years old to the late 80’s. The three signature events for the festival are the Judge Taplin Lifeguard Medley Relay, the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim, and the Charley Saikley 6-Man Volleyball Tournament.