Born on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, beach volleyball is more than an Olympic sport. In SoCal, it is a way of life.
“One of the best things about volleyball here in Southern California – especially Manhattan Beach and Hermosa beach – is as I am riding my bike to come play here at the pier, I’m passing by all of the Olympic hopefuls and all of the AVP partners practicing,” said Rachel Bosma, beach volleyball player.
By the sandy courts on Manhattan Beach, Jill Brigandi relaxes with her volleyball, autographed by the gold-medal winning duo of Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh.
Brigandi says she loves the competitiveness of the game.
“We love playing it ourselves and we just love the skill,” Brigandi said.
Sara Buchbach competed in the Junior Olympics beach volleyball tournament this past weekend.
They are also rooting for Treanor and Walsh to win their third gold.
Buchbach says the women seem more like sisters than team mates.
“They depend on each other and I like that a lot better. So if they are on the stand, it would be great,” she said.
There are many reasons to watch the beach volleyball matches. On the short list for one enthusiastic spectator is keeping an eye out “to catch that butt shot.”