Annual Tournament Is On Heels Of 4th Of July
It will take place Saturday, July 13 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.
The dress-up team-themed event which uses beach volleyball as an excuse to throw a summertime Halloween party – on the beach, no less – is in its 25th year in 2018. Registration begins June 1. The cost is $40 per person and $160 for teams ($25 per person for extra people on the team).
Participants receive goodies from sponsors and wristbands for special drink prices at Sharkeez Hermosa and access to the post-event party. The event always sells out for teams and the ones which sign up first get the prime court assignments.
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