Sure, the beach is great for relaxing, meditating, and getting some sun. Though it is great for some sports to.
Rather than just lie around soaking up some sun, why not pull out a ball and play a game while you’re out on the sand? Here are some great sports you can play on the beach this season.
Probably everyone’s favorite beach sport, volleyball is a great way to get in some exercise without overheating yourself in the in the hot sun. It’s easy to set up and even easier to play. The best part is you don’t even have to have a team; plenty of beachgoers would be happy to join in as long as you’ve got a ball.
Tossing a Frisbee around on the sand is a tried and true beach pastime, but why not up the ante a bit and put together a game of ultimate Frisbee? With a group of 8 or more you can lay out a perimeter and a couple of goal lines and put your disc tossing skills to the test. If you’re really feeling competitive, you could even move this one into the water.
Over here in America we usually just refer to this game as paddle ball. It’s a simple game to play, only requires two people and is a ton of fun for all of twenty minutes. It’s probably the closest thing you can find to a beach version of tennis or Ping-Pong, so if that’s more up your lane than football maybe you should give it a try. Just try to keep the ball away from the water or you may never get it back.
Much like regular football, beach football is immensely more pleasurable because it doesn’t hurt nearly as much to be tackled on sand as it does on solid ground. Of course, if you’re afraid of a little pain you could always play the flag version. Put a couple of teams together, set up opposing goal lines and you’ve got yourself a game. You’ll probably have to forgo the field goal in this version, but nobody likes that part anyway.
Playing soccer on the sand is immeasurably more difficult, and fun, than playing on a traditional field. The ball tends to fly in crazy directions, get stuck in a dune or end up in the water after a bad kick (bonus points if you can get it out without using your hands!). It’s also much easier to twist your ankle on the beach, so you’d better play with caution!
The rules for beach basketball are a tad different from the regular version, since obviously you won’t be able to dribble on the sand. Instead, the ball is simply passed from player to player as teams of three try and make shots into their baskets. If the ball does touch the sand, it becomes a free for all for anyone who can touch it first.
Rugby is one of the roughest and toughest sports around, but it becomes a little toned down once you put it on sand. It still isn’t going to feel great to get tackled, obviously, but at least you have something softer to land on! There usually aren’t any goals in beach rugby but in Italy they like to draw five equal rectangles in the sand to serve as the in and out goals.
Beach flags is sort of the sandy equivalent of musical chairs. Someone places a set number of flags in a row along the beach, but always ensures there is at least one less flag than there are competitors. Upon the starting signal, racers rush to the flags and try and grab one before anyone else. Those left without a flag are eliminated. This sport tends to get competitive and occasionally a little physical.
If you’ve never seen a game of handball before, it’s essentially soccer without using your feet. Instead, players attempt to throw a ball into the opposing team’s goal. On the beach it’s played the same way just with the added difficulty of trying to run in the sand. You can make a goal out of pretty much any two items you have lying around, so place a couple of sand buckets on opposite ends of the playing field and you’re good to go!
We’re not exactly sure how you’re going to get away with this one, but if you manage to have a few horses on hand and no police officers around to stop you we’re pretty sure it’d be a lot of fun!
Standup paddle-boarding, or SUPing as it is more commonly known, appears to be the love child of canoeing and surfing. Guys and girls ride waves on these long, buoyant surfboards using an oar to propel and steer themselves – all the while standing up. It’s great fun and a fantastic way to stay fit – you’ll find yourself using muscles you didn’t know existed. But the biggest draw card is how accessible it is. The waves can be tiny (perfect for those still learning) and the boards are still buoyant enough to ride them.
There couldn’t be anything more natural than riding waves without any boards or motorized gadgets. All you need is a bathing suit that won’t come off in the ocean and waves. Swimming yourself into them can be tricky at first, but once you’ve bagged yourself a few decent rides it’ll feel like you’ve been doing it your whole life. There are three main methods to riding waves:
The Windmill: Place one arm out in front of you, while using the other to keep stroking
The Handcuffs: Place your arms out straight in front of you and keep your wrists tightly together (like they are handcuffed together)
The Bullet: Ideal for those with little to no hair. Keep your arms tightly held against your side and ‘steer’ with your head
There are few coastlines where people don’t surf these days. Riding waves is a cool thing to do, and everybody should try it at least once. It feels like flying and walking on water at the same time and is a lot more accessible than you would think. Going through a reputable school is the best way to ease yourself into it, on smaller waves with friendly coaches. It’s always a good idea to try it with a friend, so that you can support one another.
Not that strenuous, though can be depending how strong wind is, there is no better place to fly at kite then at the beach due to usually always a breeze. Seeing a kite that they’ve made or helped to assemble soaring high in the sky against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the beach can be a real thrill for a child. That said, any parent that’s spent hours hoofing it down the coastline knows just how difficult it is to run in sand, and how hard it can be to keep a kite aloft.
The original concept of the sport was invented to be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere, a cheap and accessible sport for all. FootVolley has become one of the fasting growing sports gaining international recognition and popularity over the past years; and is played according to the same field rules of beach volleyball but without using hands. In recent years, professional football players have taken up footvolley in both promotional events and celebrity matches. Women are also getting more involved developing a more technical game, which is as impressive as the men’s.
Limbo at the Beach
The limbo dance originated in Trinidad in the 1800s. Bring it to the 21st century with a fun beach version. With two people holding the ends of a pool noodle, jump rope, or boat oar, have each child take a turn trying to go under the “bar” with their backs facing the sand. After each child has succeeded at a certain height of the bar, lower it again and again. If you can play music without disturbing other vacationers, pick a selection of fun beach tunes.
Line up empty bottles or bring your own dollar store plastic pins and balls. The best part about beach bowling is that you don’t have to rent shoes that have been worn a few hundred times.
Tug of War, Beach Style
Using a skipping rope or towels tied together, stand at the water’s edge. Divide the kids (and adults) into two teams. Make sure the middle of the rope is right over a line drawn in the sand. Hand the ends of the rope to each team and show them how to pull. Be prepared to end up in the water!
Spikeball has become increasingly popular over the last few years. It is typically played with four people (teams of two) and has a similar structure as volleyball. There is a single round net that is set up in the middle of the players. The object of the game is to spike the ball off the net where the opposing team can’t spike it back. If the other team can’t spike the ball back on the net, then your team gets a point. Like volleyball, a team can only volley the ball three times before it must hit the net again. Even though it’s best played with only four players on one game, it is great to have a couple of games going so you can play tournament style!
Washers or Horseshoes
There’s nothing better than digging a hole in the ground and chunking a washer into it. Ok, maybe that’s just me. But if you can do it, you should try it! Playing washers or horseshoes on the beach is great because the soft sand is something that you don’t normally have in your backyard or in a park. These are generally 2-4-person games, but they are perfect for putting together a tournament and keeping your group engaged when you’re on the beach.
On a hot, crowded Saturday at Venice Beach, Pat King, 19, spots two guys kicking around a Hacky Sack. Hoping to play, too, he whispers the secret password recognized at hack circles around the world: “Mind if I join in?”
The Olympics claim to promote peace and unity, but any hacker will tell you the true goodwill game is Hacky Sack. It has kept warrior guards awake in ancient China, warmed up the legs of soccer players, and helped treat sports injuries by stretching muscles and tendons. In its latest incarnation, though, it’s the ultimate neo-hippie sport–the athletic equivalent of tie-dyed clothing or listening to the Grateful Dead. Officially known as footbag, the game is ubiquitous at rock concerts, on college campuses, in such enclaves as Haight-Ashbury and Harvard Square and anywhere else the laid-back liberal counterculture congregates. You can’t win at Hacky Sack–and that’s the point. It’s the ultimate neo-hippie sport.
Snorkeling involves observing the underwater depths with the aid of a diving mask, a snorkel and, usually, swimfins. It generally takes place in shallow water, where you can watch undersea life from the surface of the water.
There are a ton of sports and activities to enjoy at the beach. That is why we love the beach!