Following what could surely be labeled a blustery afternoon and night in Rocky Point on Friday, with even a little rain mixed in, the prevailing calm that ensued provided the perfect stage for Outtatown Production’s Beach Volleyball Tournament in front of the Sonoran Sea Resort on Nov. 5th. Event organizer, Luis Garrido of Outtatown Productions (OTP), shared he began with beach tournaments in Rocky Point 19 years ago, first along the shores near Playa Elegante in the Mirador, then in front of Playa Bonita Hotel, and for the past two years at the Sonoran Resorts on Sandy Beach. These tournaments have generally been held twice a year, one in the Spring and another in the Fall. On some occasions, raffles were held with funds going to local charities. Now, following this Fall’s event, the Beach Volleyball Tournament will be turned over to the Youth Sports Foundation, directed by Rick Busa here in Rocky Point, in order to promote the sport within the local community while still seeking to draw in interest from abroad.
With the mirror-like Sea of Cortez as backdrop, five four-person teams battled it out under the sun on sand volleyball courts the afternoon of Sat., Nov. 5th. There was even one local Rocky Point team within the mix, who successfully made their way into the final championship game though came up just short of winning. T-shirts were given to all participants, and prizes awarded to each team at the end of the tournament. In wrapping up the day, Rick Busa of the Youth Sports Foundation presented Luis Garrido with a commemorative plaque acknowledging his valuable efforts in bringing this event to Rocky Point for the past 19 years. Garrido tells us he will assist the Youth Sports Foundation in taking over the tournament in order to help ensure its ongoing success.
This year’s tournament, held at Sonoran Sea Resort, was sponsored by the Sonoran Resorts, Rocky Point Reservations, La Cocina de Ramón (offering tacos deliciosos there on the playa), and Tequila Peñasco. Congratulations to all teams: Suzi’s (5th place), Vince’s (4th place), Luis’ (3rd place), RPR Mexico (2nd place – local team), and Ian’s (1st place). Courts will remain set up on the beach on Sunday, Nov. 6th, for Tri-Ball which involves 3 volleyball nets set up in a circle and connected to one center pole. Three teams of 3 play each other with one ball, being able to hit over any net. Come out for some beach volleyball!! More pics from OTP