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Lei Out: Beach ultimate frisbee in Santa Monica

January 26th, 2012 By   

Doug from my team, *UMP, takes flight. Photo by Alexander Yuen of Sideline Photography

WHO: Lis and friends

WHAT: Lei Out 2012 ultimate frisbee tournament

WHERE: Santa Monica

WHEN: January 14-15, 2012

GEAR: Chaco Flips, Lole bikini

For ultimate frisbee players winter may be off-season, but that makes it prime time for some relaxed action at the annual Lei Out tournament. Held over MLK weekend each January, it’s the perfect warm escape for Tahoe and Reno players, who rallied down south to play on four different teams. Me and two of my Tahoe friends played on a University of Rochester alum team, which had members flying and driving in from New York, Portland and San Francisco. We took the long way down, camping in Monterrey and then driving on Highway 1 to take in all the Big Sur beauty.

The tournament is 5-on-5 co-ed, with teams battling it out barefoot on the sand. As the name implies, there are tons of layouts at this tournament (exhibit A: see Alexander Yuen’s photo above). So fun to watch, and throw yourself around on the sand! This year, there were 100+ teams, 81 fields and 4 parties spanning 3 nights. Ahh!

After our first day of play (3-1), my team ended up in the C bracket, pretty alright considering the brackets went down to K. We were slow to start on Sunday, and lost our advancing game by 1 point. All in all, we went 5-2 for the weekend, with both our losses only 1 or 2 points away from a win. But, as this photo of us Tahoe girls show, where we really won was at the party.

The Tahoe Mountain Sports Adventure of the Week blog series takes a walk (or hike, bike, surf, ultimate frisbee play) in someone else’s shoes, from pro athletes to local Tahoe adventurers. Let us know if you’ve got an adventure to share.

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