sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Beach Volleyball (Rule 5)

View from the HB Pier
Instead of grieving on the state of the nation today or doing something like going to church, I went to the beach because it's hot, it's that end of summer and the Jose Cuervo Beach Volleyball Competition is underway at Huntington Beach, adjacent to the pier.

Beach volleyball is considered an important part of the local culture in many Southern California beach towns. Cities like Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Santa Barbara, and Huntington Beach maintain permanent poles and nets year-round.

In 1999, the FIVB standardized beach volleyball uniforms, with the swimsuit becoming the required uniform both for men and women. This drew the ire of some religious groups, who felt that the uniforms were more in keeping with "Rule 5" styles than general athletic uniforms.

View from the sand
According to FIVB rules, female beach volleyball players have the option of playing in shorts or a one-piece swimsuit. Most players, however, prefer the two-piece bikini.

Beach Volleyball has become one of the most popular sports at the Summer Olympics. In the past three Olympics, the American Women have taken home the gold medal. In 2012, they won gold and silver. I had hoped the superstar Olympic champs would show up at this game on Sunday, but I was told that they were here on Saturday. (I was a day late)

The weather at 10 am was a balmy 75 degrees and though it warmed up later in the day, there was a cool off-ocean breeze.

Great save


And before you condemn me for posting up a Rule 5, I did not dedicate this post to the Cuervo Girls 'riding the lime'. It could be worse. The Cuervo Girls were there, but I didn't even think of pulling my camera out and shooting the video at the time. One might say that I was somewhat preoccupied. However this is roughly what it looked like last year:



Back to this year's Beach Volleyball, because that's why you're here on the blog, right?

Position on the sand is everything


Low angle shots are standard on the beach...


6 comments:

  1. Way back, as a young buck (23 to 27), I lived in Hermosa Beach when all of this was getting started around 1970 to 1975. It was an older crowd trying to get this going. Yup, they were in their thirties. I was too busy surfing.

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  2. I am a huge fan of beach volleyball!

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  3. Christian Rene FriborgNovember 20, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    I think beach volleyball is more fun than indoor.

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