The women’s and men’s historic Laguna Open beach volleyball tournaments are coming to Main Beach on Saturday, May 11, and Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, respectively. For years, the best players in the world have gathered in Laguna to play in these two “open” or highest level, tournaments.
The women’s 44th annual $5,000 Laguna Open on May 11 has enjoyed top players ever since Eileen Clancy and Barbara May won in 1976. Top pro players participated during the big money years when Laguna was on the AVP pro tour, and event organizers said they’ve started returning in recent years as prize money has gradually been increased thanks to local sponsors. Play will start at 9:30 a.m. and attendance is free.
The men’s 65th annual $10,000 Laguna Open on June 1-2 has seen stars and Olympians grace Main Beach since 1955, and is the world’s longest running “open” tournament. Champions for the last two years include Taylor Crabb, currently ranked #1 on the pro tour, and two-time Olympian Sean Rosenthal. Play on both days will start around 9:30 a.m. and go all day. There is no cover charge, but seating is limited, especially on Sunday.
Volunteers are needed to work as line judges and scorekeepers, and students can earn community service hours and a coveted Laguna Open T-shirt. Those interested in watching world class volleyball up close and supporting the Laguna Open should contact [email protected]
Businesses interested in becoming a Laguna Open sponsor or buying a team should contact [email protected]
“As a nonprofit tournament run jointly by the City of Laguna Beach, the California Beach Volleyball Association and p1440, the Laguna Open has a rich history and heritage,” event organizer Kirk Morgan said in a statement. “A personal favorite of players and fans alike, the setting at Main Beach provides a natural amphitheater enjoyed by all.”
This year, fans will enjoy DJ music by Laguna’s Laura Buckle and a historic photo display, including photos by the late Mike Altishin. There will also be volleyball-themed beach apparel and accessories for sale from p1440, Plastic Clothing, Jolyn, Slunks Sportswear, Suja Juice, Juice Plus+ and more.
Other Laguna Open sponsors include Skyloft, Inn at Laguna, First Bank, Hobie Sports, Ama Olukai Foundation, The Marine Room, One World One Ocean, The McGillvray Learning Foundation, p1440 and Pacific Wealth Management. For more information, visit LagunaOpen.org or contact [email protected]