Venturing West

The Outside Edge: August

Dave Kamena
Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament on the coast of Oregon.

Sometimes you need to leave home to find home.

After spending the first part of July in the Midwest, around the white sands and clear water of the Great Lakes, we point the Plastic Show westward towards Seaside, Ore., and their bigger-than-life tournament billed as the “largest amateur beach volleyball tournament in the world.” With almost 1,300 teams participating in 2012, this year’s event ( promises to be bigger, better, more organized (boy, that’s got to be a tough tournament to run, Chappy) and, most likely, more competitive.

But before we set up the Plastic tent on the huge northern Oregon beach on August 9, we have two weeks to kill. We’ll spend some time in Bozeman, Mont., catching fish and participating in river fun, then head to Hood River, Ore., to experience the Columbia River Gorge. If you’ve never been to the Gorge, it’s the windsurfing and kitesurfing capital of the continent where the wind whips through a Grand Canyon-size gap in the Cascades. If you think serving for game point sends adrenaline pumping through your system, give these sports a try. It’s hook in, hang on, and eyes-wide-open fun until you drop.

The Gorge also offers some of the best mountain biking in the Lower 48 and outstanding kayaking and fishing. While in the area, be sure to visit Mt. Hood – you can even ski there in July. My friend Caleb teaches kids to back flip on skis at the year-round snow park on top of the mountain while we are playing volleyball down below. Did I mention the Gorge also has the biggest cliff jump you’ve ever seen? Check it all out before you complete the trip west.

The Oregon coast is sometimes sunny and hot, sometimes windy and foggy, but always a rugged wonder. Even the drive from Portland through the Oregon Coast Range takes you through areas remote and wild, crossing through old growth cedars and over too many rivers and creeks to count. After an hour, the road ends at the coast and you are there – ready to play volleyball on the biggest beach you have ever seen, on more courts than you have ever seen, with more beach volleyball players than you have ever seen.

I point the Plastic RV straight to the beach before we do anything else, and the friendly northwestern players surround us almost instantly. Players also come from California, Hawaii, the Midwest, the South, and somehow they all seem to know each other. It feels like I know them all too, and I usually jump into a game before I can even manage to take my flip flops off. Thus goes the weekend for the Kamena family and the rest of the people in Seaside – work (only for me it seems!), friends, volleyball, and fun. After all the traveling and events of the summer, I feel like I am home. Come check out this event for yourself and see why.

– Dave Kamena

The Outside Edge is a preview of the major outdoor volleyball events coming up in the U.S. and will run in each of the summer issues of VBM. The column is written by Dave Kamena, president of Plastic Clothing, a volleyball performance apparel brand that sponsors many of the events. Send comments and feedback to

Originally published in August 2013


Aug 19, 2015 at 11:12AM justin_0

I think you invest various exertion and energy overhauling your online journal. gaming server

Aug 19, 2015 at 10:02PM mano

I might want to acknowledge for this magnificent work. Exceptionally useful post. hacker de dragon city

Aug 20, 2015 at 08:46AM crystal63

This is a pleasant post in a fascinating line of content.Thanks for sharing this article, incredible method for convey this point to discussion.Keep up the amazing work ! get more instagram followers free instagram likes free trial

Aug 23, 2015 at 08:08PM james thomas

I am always searching online for articles that can help me. There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also.
clash of clans hack | top eleven

Aug 24, 2015 at 07:59PM wolf

After perusing this one, I felt so fortunate to see its content. project freetv

Aug 29, 2015 at 08:30AM mano

Cheers for offering to us your online journal. I as of late discovered numerous helpful data in your site particularly this web journal page. bedrijfswebsite

Sep 04, 2015 at 08:47PM mano

I am sure they will be profit by this site.This particular net site page is truly exciting and happiness to learn.

Sep 05, 2015 at 08:05AM wolf

Nice data, profitable and fabulous configuration, as offer well done with smart thoughts and ideas chicken coop

Sep 07, 2015 at 12:44PM justin_0

I'm truly inspired that there's such a great amount about this subject that has been revealed and you did it so well, with so much class. free code for xbox live

Sep 10, 2015 at 05:01PM crystal63

Hail your work and continue sharing your information You have a genuine capacity for composing one of a kind substance. natural collagen

Sep 14, 2015 at 12:54PM wolf

I as of late had the favorable luck of perusing your article in regards to venture customer service number

Add a Comment

You need to log in to comment on this article. No account? No problem!



Explore Volleyball