Let your interest spike: Beach Volleyball for dummies

Posted at 8:30 am, July 13, 2012 in Olympics & Paralympics
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You may be thinking Beach Volleyball is easy. If models in itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis can play against seven foot hulking jocks and win, we can all do it! Ah, the beauty of cinema. Beach Volleyball may be Nuts Magazine readers’ sport of choice, but we’re here to eliminate rumours and give it a sporting chance at being taken seriously this Olympics…

Who’s good? USA and Brazil.

Glory-hunting potential: There is no rich tradition of British beach volleyball and that’s unlikely to be affected here. The main aim of the GB pairings, such as talented duo Denise Johns and Lucy Boulton, will be to spring some shocks.

The basics: Pretty much the same rules as indoor volleyball except teams play in pairs rather than sixes and there’s, like, sand everywhere. And cheerleaders.

Street cred: Played by tall, toned, chilled-out surfer types. Often physically attractive. Nice tans. Love high-fiving.

Almost useless fact: Beach volleyball is a popular sport among nudists and there is a highly regarded nude tournament (we’re not making this up) every year at White Thorn nudist lodge in Pennsylvania.

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