(1935 - 2005)
The Godfather of Beach Volleyball
Summer Beach Volleyball Tournaments
All beach volleyball tournaments are held on the beach near the southside of Manhattan Beach Pier. For more information, please visit the CBVA website or call (800) 350-2282.
International Surf Festival
The International Surf Festival is co-sponsored by the South Bay cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors and the Beach Cities Health District. It takes place one weekend each summer in various venues. It includes lifeguard championship competitions, surfing championships, bodysurfing championships, a two-mile beach run, fishing derby, a health fair, Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament, pier-to-pier paddleboard championship, sand castle design contest, pier-to-pier swim, dory races, youth swim and paddle competitions and information booths featuring marine animals and arts & crafts. For more information visit their website.
Manhattan Beach Open
Manhattan Beach is probably most famous for its beach volleyball and the grand daddy of beach volleyball tournaments, the Manhattan Beach Open. Since 1960 this tournament, which started as an amateur event and is now part of the professional volleyball player's tour, has been a popular Summertime activity. The Manhattan Beach Open is the only professional volleyball tournament in which amateurs are able to "place into" the event through pre-qualifying rounds. Many local residents have participated in the tournament and some have won the tournament including U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist, Mike Dodd. Winners of the tournament are memorialized with bronze volleyball-shaped plaques in the "Volleyball Walk of Fame" which spans the length of the Manhattan Beach Pier.
Father's Day Beach Volleyball Tournament
Fathers and sons. All for charity. All for fun.
This event is held each Father's Day for ages 10 and up. All participants will receive a t-shirt, and other give-aways! This is a recreational tournament with pool play only. Proceeds go to Project Fatherhood.