It will take place Saturday, July 30 at the Hermosa Beach Pier. It starts at 9 a.m., and the last teams finish around sunset. By which time people from other teams – as well as spectators – are long established in the bars on and around Pier Plaza.
For spectators, the event is free and hundreds of South Bay locals go wondering around the courts and team tents to visit friends playing in the tournament and to check out the scene and costumes. Between the teams and the spectators, there’s more than a thousand people at Smackfest.
There’s no drinking alcohol on the beach in California, but the bars on adjacent Pier Plaza pick up that pace all day and evening. Note that this year, there are designated entrances with security checking backpacks, etc., mostly of course for booze.
In addition to the co-ed recreational players – some with dubious playing ability – there’s a pros division, a DJ on the sand and other entertainment.
This is a top event for all the fun people in the South Bay and a “must-do” one for the many singles in the Beach Cities.
Smackfest is one of several Hermosa Beach & Redondo Beach events put on by Smackfest Events.
The Smackfest Events website is: www.smackfestevents.com