“The Outside Edge” is written by Dave Kamena, president of volleyball performance apparel company Plastic Inc. The company sponsors and supports these and other sports and music events by promoting the volleyball lifestyle. Send questions and/or comments to [email protected].
July in the Midwest is hot, and if you are lucky enough to be near one of the great lakes, the combination of the heat and cold water is simply perfect. An unofficial stop on our tour is Grand Haven, Mich., which is a past AVP favorite. This ocean-like beach is wide, white and packed for the Fourth of July weekend, and the group from MPVA puts on a great annual beach volleyball tournament, which falls on July 2 this year (mpva.com).
The Waupaca Boatride (waupacaboatride.com) is arguably the largest outdoor volleyball event in the U.S. The tournament began in a triples grass format and grew into a sand, juniors and grass event. Combined with overnight camping, more than $40K in cash and prizes and an estimated 725 teams attending this year’s event, Tom Galecke and his Waupaca crew put on quite a party. Plastic has done the official event tees for the past few years and we have no shortage of crazy ideas or stories to draw from for the design.
After the Boatride, we head northwest into the mountains for a few weeks. Our route takes us through some of the most scenic and wild places in the nation; there are rivers and lakes in Montana and Washington that rival the beauty of anything I have seen almost anywhere. Many professional outdoor volleyball players spend lots of travel time on things other than volleyball, with the key word being “outdoors.” Give yourself a treat one summer and experience the great northwest. And make sure to bring a volleyball along with you, because you never know who you’ll meet at the campground!
Look for my personal favorite events of the year, Seaside and the Motherlode, coming up in next issue’s column. And don’t forget to check out our full line of volleyball gear (plasticclothing.com). Hope to see you on the beach!
Originally published in July 2011