Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament

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Thank you for participating in the 2016 Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament! We hope you and your team had a great experience and we look forward to seeing you in 2017! If you would like to see pictures from last year's tournament, please scroll down to the bottom of the page or visit the 2016 Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament Photo Album webpage.


2017 Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament

category Day Date Time Cost Activity Number
Men's 40+ Thursday and Friday August 3th and 4th 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM TBA TBA
Men's 50+ TBA
Men's Open TBA
Women's Master's 35+ TBA
Women's Open TBA

Team Spyder winning the 2016 Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament

Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament
2016 Winners - Team Spyder

Twelve years ago this summer, Charlie Saikley passed away. Known as the "Godfather of Beach Volleyball," Saikley was the man who over 40 years ago brought the Manhattan Beach 6-Man Volleyball Tournament to the South Bay.

Saikley’s roots in the South Bay began in the 1960’s, where as a school teacher at El Segundo High School, he also worked in the Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department during his off-hours and summers. Through his work with Parks and Recreation, Saikley created the first city-organized volleyball instruction program in Southern California and worked largely with the city’s youth introducing them to the sport.

Saikley was legendary with the creation of tournaments that focused on the core components of beach volleyball: world-class talent combined with the beach lifestyle. In a nod to his original vision for the event that began in 1974, his family has worked alongside the Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department to bring back the all-age inclusive, family-friendly feel to the event.

2017 marks the third year of the Jr. 6-Man, which takes place on Sunday, August 6th. This is a nod to Saikley’s belief in fostering youth involvement within the sport. It is expected that the youth tournament will also embrace the culture of costume-oriented team participation.

Additionally, the 2017 Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament will take place on Thursday, August 3rd and Friday, August 4th at the Manhattan Beach Pier from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days. The spirited revelry and unique costumes will continue on as part of the fun and tradition of recent years for the beach volleyball competition, with the additional element of youth participation joining the celebrated event.

Check out pictures from last year's event below!

2016 Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament

Updated on 11/14/2016 11:38 AM

Eleven years ago this summer, Charlie Saikley passed away. Known as the "Godfather of Beach Volleyball," Saikley was the man who, 41 years ago, brought the Manhattan Beach 6-Man Volleyball Tournament to the South Bay. Saikley’s roots in the South Bay began in the 1960’s, where as a school teacher at El Segundo High School, he also worked in the Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department during his off-hours and summers. Through his work with Parks and Recreation, Saikley created the first city-organized volleyball instruction program in Southern California and worked largely with the city’s youth introducing them to the sport. Saikley was legendary with the creation of tournaments that focused on the core components of beach volleyball: world-class talent combined with the beach lifestyle. In a nod to his original vision for the event that began in 1974, his family has worked alongside the Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department to bring back the all-age inclusive, family-friendly feel to the event.