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Tame 6-Man Volleyball Gets Underway in Manhattan Beach

Scantily clad and costumed competitors and crowd members gather on Manhattan Beach for the first day of the tournament. Here's a look, in photos, at the tournament in 2012.

Crowds were scant and the fog lingered during the first few hours of the Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament in Manhattan Beach Tuesday as bronzed bodies, some sporting outlandish team uniforms such as Scottish kilts, French maid outfits and royal red capes, took to the sand to compete.

By mid-afternoon, the crowd had increased to an estimated 3,000, turning the tournament a tad more spirited and festive but still a far cry from its 2011 madness in which approximately 50,000 people hit town for the first day of the event.

Longtime residents said the crowd and competitors seemed younger than usual, probably because the tournament, for the first time, is taking place mid-week, when many amateur players are working, .

Suzanne Surtees, a Manhattan Beach resident, has watched the tournament every year for the past 20. She likes to watch her friends compete, she said, and added that she was sad that some of them could not participate this year because the tournament takes place in the middle of the work week. 

Manhattan Beach resident Bobby Masudian said that during past tournaments he would have to push his way through the hordes of people walking The Strand. "It's kind of sad. I feel like they took the teeth out of it. It used to be chock-a-block, with rows of tents, lots of music and fun."

Said Linda McLoughlin Figel, one of the owners of , which closed during the 6-Man last year to avoid the rowdy crowds, "Today’s business was a little slower than what we expect on a Tuesday as a result of tougher than usual parking but otherwise, we weren’t really affected by the 6-Man one way or another."  

Check out our gallery for photos from day one of the tournament, and stay tuned to Patch for more detailed coverage of the tourney.

Kaylee August 01, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Moving this tournament to mid week is the stupidest thing they could have ever done. The city is losing out on money, and tradition. The beach was filled with 15 year olds on summer break, which is exactly the type of people they were trying to avoid. Underage people drinking and getting out of control. Change it back it the weekend and give us our holiday back.
Larry August 01, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I biked down there yesterday at 3:30PM. Didn't see anyone out of control. In fact, it was so tame it was lame. I left at 5PM and went on a hike which was much more exciting
Haywood August 02, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Our old beach town is now controlled by out of state millionaires and billionaires, soon we won't be allowed to walk on the strand without a permit.
Kevin Hall August 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM
The Gap is a spike between area two and area three. It’s always in the same spot no matter where the setter is. When you approach and jump from the middle position keep your hips perpendicular with the net to have power and range to all angles of the court watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Jb-KibfI7LY#t=0s

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