Dig It – Vancouver’s Love Affair with Beach Volleyball

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Beach Volleyball Tournament at Kits Beach Photo: Rob Weiss

Sunshine, Sand and Bikinis! From Spanish Banks to English Bay you don’t need to look far to find a beach volleyball court in Vancouver. Imagine miles of freshly raked sand, crisply hung nets inviting players to approach the court, and a light ocean breeze keeping the summer temperatures game ready. In a nutshell, that is Vancouver’s beach volleyball scene.

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Beach Volleyball Photo: Rob Weiss

My volleyball glory days are long behind me, yet the memory of an aced serve or kill shot remains, and I must confess during the summer months, as I stroll along Kits beach, I find myself fascinated by the action. Many of Vancouver’s most competitive athletes train and play at Kits. It’s a joy to watch them battle the elements and each other for volleyball supremacy. However, not all courts are occupied by elite athletes. In fact, beach volleyball is an extremely social game, with its own unique and quirky culture. Most often, especially at Spanish Banks, you will find recreational players enjoying each other, picnics and occasionally a volleyball match will break out.

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View of North Shore from Kits Beach Volleyball Court Photo: Rob Weiss

Wind on your back, sand between your toes and iconic Vancouver views – are you ready to serve it up? Check out this list of Vancouver’s best beach courts:

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Service! Photo: Rob Weiss

25th Annual Vancouver Open Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament

Looking to improve your game? Why not watch the Pros in action! Drop by Kits Beach July 15 – July 17 and take in the 25 th Annual Vancouver Open Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament. Some of the best pro beach volleyball players from around the world will be competing for $15,000 in prize money, the largest pro beach volleyball purse in Canada.

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Wilson Volleyball Photo: Rob Weiss

Bored with lying on your towel? Interested in playing?

Check out BC Volleyball for information on clinics, leagues, and local tournaments. Now only one question remains – serve or side?

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