Beach Cities Sports: Surfing, tennis, triathlon, volleyball and more
Volleyball: Pepperdine’s team of former Redondo Union star Lara Dykstra and Becca Strehlow defeated Florida State 24-22, 21-17 to win the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championship in Gulf Shores, AL. The title was the second for Pepperdine, who won in 2012 before finishing as runner-up in 2013. Dykstra joined former Mira Costa standout Jace Pardon, of Florida State, on the All-American team.
Beach volleyball classes are being offered for beginner, intermediate and advanced players throughout the summer on the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier. The six-session classes are held Thursdays (6:15-8 p.m.) beginning June 12 and Saturdays (9:30-11 a.m.) starting May 17. Main Instructor is Bill Sigler, a former AAA rated player and owner of the nation’s top volleyball apparel company Smack Sportswear, who has been teaching beach and indoor volleyball for over 18 years. For more information, visit smackfestevents.com.
The California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) is hosting tournaments on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 at Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach. Saturday’s action features Men’s B and Coed Unrated competition. On Sunday, the Icaza Construction Men’s 4’s and Fishbar Women’s A tournaments will be held. Cost is $45 per team. For more information, contact Kurt Peters, 310-922-6297. Tournaments begin at 9 a.m. For adult and youth season schedules or to register, visit cbva.com.
All incoming Mira Costa freshman and transfer students are invited to attend the girls volleyball tryouts on Monday and Tuesday,, July 7-8 in the afternoon/evening (exact time/location TBA). A select number of freshman/incoming students will be invited to continue their tryout on July 9- 10. Rosters will be announced the evening of July 10. Exact time and location for tryouts will be posted on mustangvball.com as the date approaches.
Surfing: The South Bay Boardriders Club Contest #5 has been rescheduled. The King of the South Bay Surfing Championships presented by Spyder Surf will be held Saturday, May 10 at 42nd Street in El Porto. First heats start at 7 a.m. If already registered, check in as usual. Online entries are closed, however, beach entries will be available day of the contest in divisions with openings. Waterman’s HB will be serving lunch for all competitors and goody bags for all finalists supplied by Spyder Surf. For more information, visit southbayboardriders.com.
Tennis: West Coast Beach Tennis is hosting its Spring Fever Tournament Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11 at 14th St. and The Strand in Hermosa Beach. Saturday’s action begins at 9 a.m. with singles competition followed by doubles amateur/advanced at 11:30 p.m. On Sunday, mixed competition begins at 12: 30 p.m. The tournament is sanctioned by International Federation of Beach Tennis and costs $30 for one event or $40 for multiple events. Mother’s Day Special: Moms have a flat $30 fee for all events. Prizes awarded to top finishers. For more information or to register, visit westcoastbeachtennis.com.
Manhattan Beach’s Jeff Tarango captained the Men’s 45 & over team to a 2-1 win over France to claim the Dubler Cup at the 34th ITF Seniors World Team Championships. The Dubler Cup featured a rematch of last year’s finalists, with the U.S. this time coming out on top. The ITF Seniors World Team Championships is the top team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. Since its inception in 1981, the number of competitors participating in the event has increased each year.
Running: The Sean Brock Foundation & CalCPA will be holding 5K and 10K Run beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 17 at Dockweiler State Beach. The Sean Brock Foundation provides resources, educational assistance and scholarships to the families of fallen or wounded service members. The non-proﬁt organization is named in honor of U.S. Marine Corps Capt Sean Lee Brock, who put his education on hold in 2004 when he was deployed to Iraq for a second term. Brock died on Feb. 2, 2005, from injuries sustained in battle. Proceeds will be split between the Sean Brock Foundation and the CalCPA Los Angeles Chapter, which awards scholarships to local college/university students studying accounting. For more information, contact Sandy Benitez, 818-546-3505, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit seanbrockfoundation.org.
Kickball: An adult co-ed Kickball on the Beach League begins Wednesday, May 28 in Hermosa Beach. Teams require a minimum of four girls with total of ten players. Games in the eight-week season begin at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $500 per team or $45 per individual. Individuals must contact email@example.com to be placed on a team. For more information, including how to register, visit smackfestevents.com.
Basketball: Registration is ongoing for the Hermosa Beach Youth Basketball (HBYB) Summer League. Open to boys and girls in kindergarten through 8th grades, the league consists of two one-hour games per week beginning on Monday, July 7 and running through Thursday, July 31. All registration will be done on-line at hbyb.net. Cost is $140 per player. A limited number of partial or full scholarships are available for families in need. For more information, call 310-372-BALL or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is open for the 42nd Annual Peninsula Basketball Camp to be held at Palos Verdes High School from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (full day) and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (half day) on July 21-25, July 28-Aug. 1 and Aug. 4-8. The first and last sessions are for boys and girls ages 5-14; the second session is for boys only. Cost is $240 for full day camp; $125 for half day. For more information, contact Tom Maier, 310-377-0690 or visit peninsulasportscamps.com.
Girls ages 8-14 can learn the fundamentals of basketball while improving their skill level at the ProSkills Basketball Clinic held every Sunday from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Spectrum Athletic Club, 2250 Park Place in El Segundo. The head coach is former Mira Costa and UC Fullerton standout Megan Richardson who led the Mustangs to CIF and State finals and was a four-time All-Big West player and the third highest scorer in UC Fullerton history. Clinics will be used as tryouts for Proskills travel teams. Cost is $25 per session ($80 for four sessions). To register, visit proskillshoops.com. For questions, contact director Justin McCurdy, email@example.com.
Triathlon: Registration is ongoing for the 10th annual Redondo Beach Triathlon sponsored by California Health Plans. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, June 8 at the Veteran’s Park/Pier area in Redondo Beach. All of the proceeds go to Cheer for Children, a non-profit organization that gives seasonal parties and raises money for acutely ill children at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. The USAT sanctioned scenic course event consists of a 1/2-mile swim, 6-mile bike, and 2-mile run. Space is limited to the first 600 entries. A non-competitive mini-sprint (half the distances) is also available. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each division and the top two relay teams. Sprint fees are $75 (ages 13-19 and 65 and older), $85 (ages 20-64), $115 (relay). Mini-sprint fees are $65 and $95 for the relay. Add $5 after May 31. For more information, visit rbtriathlon.com.
Baseball: Registration is open for boys and girls ages 5-14 to attend the 37th Annual Peninsula Baseball Camp at Palos Verdes High School from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (full day) and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (half day) on July 28-Aug. 1. Cost is $240 for full day camp; $125 for half day. Camp includes a guest alumni speaker from the Los Angeles Dodgers. For more information, contact Tom Maier, 310-377-0690 or visit peninsulasportscamps.com.
Soccer: Registration is open for boys and girls ages 5-14 to attend the 37th Annual Peninsula Soccer Camp at Palos Verdes High School from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (full day) and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (half day) on July 21-25 and Aug. 4-8. Cost is $240 for full day camp; $125 for half day. Camp includes guest speakers, experienced coaching staff and each camper receives a soccer ball. For more information, contact Tom Maier, 310-377-0690 or visit peninsulasportscamps.com.