The 2011 Plastic Trailer Tour began in April with the Colorado Crossroads junior national qualifier. Friends had been suggesting we get into the indoor market for years so I decided to buy a booth, work up some samples for the indoor crowd, and check out the scene of one of the largest indoor junior’s events in the country. As a beach player that had never played indoor volleyball, I had no idea what to expect. Personally, I have never seen so many volleyball players in one place. Business wise, I am super stoked to get involved in this exciting facet of the sport and help to give the uniforms and look a more progressive style.
The Sandia Mountain Classic (smvclassic.com) is held on May 20 – 22. Its founder Sonny Marquez gave it the name a few years ago when he and I were trying to figure out the best spot in Albuquerque to have an event. In just a few short years it has grown into one of the largest outdoor volleyball tournaments in New Mexico and includes a great player’s party at a volleyball bar, so you can watch open teams battle it out at night with a beer in hand. Previous winners include AVP players so be ready if you want to play open!
It is important to note that founder and good friend Sonny Marquez passed away last year of cancer, and had previously set up a fundraiser program to help cancer survivors. The program has lived on in Marquez’s memory and through the event he gave birth to. So come out to play and enjoy some of the New Mexico sun.
That’s it for this month! Check back next time where we talk about the Vail King of the Mountain, Pottstown Rumble, and others. See you on the beach…
“The Outside Edge” is written by Dave Kamena, president of volleyball performance apparel brand Plastic Inc. The company sponsors and supports these events by promoting the volleyball lifestyle. Send questions and/or comments to [email protected]
Complete 2011 Plastic Trailer Tour
March 11 Crossroads Juniors Tournament – Denver, Colo.
April 9 Papas & Beer/Plastic 4 Man – Baja, Mexico
April 14 – 18 Coachella Music Festival – Indio, Calif.
April 26 Laughlin River Run – Laughlin, Nev.
May 20 Sandia Mt. Classic – Albuquerque, N.M.
May 31 La Mision Rodeo- La Mision, Mexico
June 9 Bonnaroo Music Festival- Manchester, Tenn.
June 17 King of the Mountain – Vail, Colo.
June 25 Pottstown Rumble – Pottstown, Penn.
July 4 Slova Pro Am – Mission Beach, Calif.
July 9 Waupaca Boatride – Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
July 30 Center of Gravity Fest, Kelowna B.C., Canada
August 12 Seaside Beach Volleyball – Seaside Beach, Ore.
August 27 Plastic King of the Mountain – Zephyr Cove, Nev.
September 1 The Motherlode – Aspen, Colo.
November12 King of Cabo – Cabo San Lucas, Baja CA, Mexico
Originally published in May 2011