Beach Balls

At 53 years old, the Manhattan Beach Open now is older and more established than the dozens of players battling in it for their chance to win a piece of the $200,000 kitty. (For those paying attention at home, that's twice last year's purse.) The tournament, located at the Manhattan Beach Pier, boasts the title of the world's longest-running, continuous beach volleyball event, and its three-day return to the sand this year will draw tens of thousands of fans -- past years have seen as many as 60,000 -- to see which names will be added to the pier in bronze as part of the Volleyball Walk of Fame. Keep an eye out for Olympic medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings, Todd Rogers, Phil Dalhausser, April Ross and Jen Kessy -- where else can you see that many Olympians at once? Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach; Thurs., Aug. 22-Sat., Aug. 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. avp.com/mbo.
Thu., Aug. 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 23, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2013

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