SEASIDE - The annual Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
The event, advertised as the world's largest beach volleyball tournament is set to take place Aug. 12-14. With more than 800 teams competing for their share of a cash and prize package worth more than $40,000, tournament participants will also be joining in an effort to break the World Records Academy's record for the Largest Beach Volleyball Tournament.
The Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament, which launched in 1982 as a small, community event, has steadily grown in the last 30 years to become the largest event of its kind in the world. It is sponsored by Bud Light and Bud Light Lime.
Each day of the tournament more than 8,000 players, family, friends and spectators converge on the Oregon Coast from across the United States and western Canada.
"It's amazing that we are about to embark on the 30th Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament and we are very proud of how the tournament has grown in size and prestige," said Doug Baker, event coordinator for the Seaside Chamber of Commerce.
"The citizens of Seaside have embraced this tournament since its humble beginnings in the early 80s. It's this community's passion for the tournament that has helped it to become the event it is today - an attraction to fans and players from all over."
The event is managed and promoted by the Elevation Group which has worked with the Seaside Chamber to organize the tournament since 2008. The Elevation Group has submitted the tournament for world record recognition through the World Records Academy. In addition, the marker will be set for the Most Consecutive Passes record in the Guinness Book of World Records.
"The Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament is unique in its scope, appeal and longevity," said Steve Lindecke, managing partner for the Elevation Group. "It's a niche event that has a cult following and I'm always amazed at the masses that gather annually for what is one of the most fun events with which I've been associated in my career."
Match play begins Aug. 12.
Registration for the 2011 tournament is available online at www.SeasideBeachVolleyball.com.
Online entry is available until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. The tournament features approximately 850 two-person teams that will compete on more than 115 volleyball courts. There will be 24 divisional tournaments featuring men, women, co-ed, masters, two-person and four-person play in open, AA, A, BB and B divisions, adults and juniors.
The tournament also offers a parent-child division and a sixes category.