Thursday, November 15 , 2018, 8:08 am | Fair 44º

Sports: A Noozhawk Partnership with Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table, The Lab, and American Riviera Bank
Santa Barbara Athletic Round TableThe LabAmerican Riviera Bank

A Beautiful Day for Beach Volleyball


The weather may have been brisk but the action was red-hot at the 2008 Polar Bear volleyball tournament at East Beach.


Friends in fleece and wool met early and stayed late at East Beach for the annual celebration of Super Saturday, Santa Barbara-style.{mosimage}

The Polar Bear beach volleyball tournament, with sunshine, burritos and cerveza, attracted 98 men and women of the South Coast’s thriving volleyball subculture to revel in the sport that unites them.

They were there to compete, of course, but more important to share the occasion and the beauty of a midwinter day, catching up with friends, old and new.

Steve Lough started it all 30-some years ago with a casual affair at Goleta Beach, and he’s kept it that way, despite the growth in popularity.

The clear morning was a perfect February beach scene, as threatening clouds dissipated and cool sunshine prevailed. Clusters of longtime friends shared stories of families, travels, injuries and last night’s Gauchos win over Hawai’i.{mosimage}

By 9:30 a.m., pools had been drawn up and action commenced on 10 courts, each featuring round-robin competition for five men and five women.

“At about noon the temperature dropped 15 degrees,” Lough said, “and the wind started ripping. But no one left. They just bundled up and enjoyed it.

"When the wind died two hours later it glassed off and the final was sunset perfection.”

In that final, Daven Allison and Greg Novak defeated Tiffer Guigliano and Kit Peterson, 21-17. But the full field of players stayed to watch, and relish the camaraderie. They could cheer on the survivors still churning and diving in the sand, and glass off themselves after their gorgeous day outdoors.{mosimage}

That was the victory shared by them all.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >