Spending a week in paradise getting to do two of the things I enjoy most in life is a great way to cure the winter blues. I was the featured DJ at the 2nd Annual GObeachfest trip held in Turks & Caicos, a grouping of islands located in the Caribbean. Once again, I was playing volley by day, and DJing beach parties, fashion shows and masquerade balls after the sun went down.
Without question, the biggest musical hit of the week was the Taio Cruz smash, “Dynamite.” It is simply one of those songs that connects with people and they feel free to let themselves go while dancing. The other track that seemed to strike a chord was the Black Eyed Peas hit, “The Time (Dirty Bit).” Borrowing lyrics from “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, the Peas have turned a once cheesy, often used first dance wedding song into a dance floor starter. People couldn’t help but sing along with the chorus.
Despite all the late night parties—or early morning depending on how you look at it—the 200-plus people that attended GObeachfest from around the world made it to the beaches early in the A.M. to play in King of the Beach, the co-ed and doubles volleyball tournaments featured on the trip. Having one of the greatest volleyball players of all time, Sinjin Smith, and Olympians Elaine Youngs and Sean Rosenthal there to help you with your game, and then later in the day go paddle boarding, snorkeling and scuba diving with you, is a once in a lifetime experience I will always remember.
Originally published in February 2011