Costume Beach Volleyball Tournament Again Rocks The Los Angeles South Bay
While the rest of Los Angeles was sweltering in a heat wave on Saturday, June 16, Hermosa Beach was hot for another reason.
It was because of Smackfest, the dress-up teams-in-costume silly and fun beach volleyball tournament, held at the Hermosa Beach Pier.
On a gorgeous not-a-cloud-in-the-sky day, nearly 1,000 people filled the sand to play, and that play meant to play around, not necessarily to play volleyball. Each team dressed in costumes, giving them a particular theme. Among those in 2017 were Playboy bunnies (guys and girls), condom heads and some that were hard to tell exactly what they were, such as the “puffy” team.
Some people even brought inflatables to the beach to use as props to add to their theme. Additionally, they all set up tents in rows along the courts, and walking up and down those rows showed the creativity of the clever people of Hermosa, Manhattan & Redondo Beach who participate in this event each year.
And when they were not on the beach, the people were in the bars along the adjacent Pier Plaza. The players and several South Bay residents who just went to be a part of it all (it’s free to attend) partied in the designated event bars such as Sharkeez (you can’t drink on the beach in California, you see) and went back to the sand to occasionally play a couple of games.
Once again, Smackfest proved to be a fun, lively unique-to-this-area event, put on by Smackfest Events.
Aside from being a great event on its own, Smackfest also helped to set the stage for the Manhattan Beach 6-man, a similar tournament taking place one beach to the north in August that is returning to a Saturday for 2017.