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Barefoot Wine AVP Next Championship Cup

When: Wed., July 15, 7:15 p.m. and Thu., July 16, 7:15 p.m. 2009

Beach volleyball is, perhaps, the most totally badass way that any guy or gal can spend a day at the beach. Even Maverick and Goose loved to play in their jorts and aviator sunglasses. While Top Gun may not exactly be the authority on the sport, the folks at Barefoot Wine know enough about it to sponsor the AVPNext Championship Cup. The competition, which has taken place in 16 different cities, is gathering the best and brightest beach volleyball players from across the country to compete in San Francisco in August at the AVP Crocs Tour. In Charleston, trials have been going on since May, and the final round is this week — women compete on Wed. July 15, men on Thurs. July 16. Only two teams (men and women) will win the AVPNext Championship Cup, and go on to compete in the Crocs Tour. If you want to catch the action, stop by the Windjammer on IOP. And we do mean action. Did you know that the international governing body for volleyball actually made a standardized uniform for female volleyball that is simply a bathing suit? That’s it. We know, très scandalous. But that’s not to trivialize the sport. Let’s be honest, it’s hot as hell out there, and these players are doing some pretty rigorous activity. So head on out and cheer them on. These games are free and open to the public, so why not show some support to our local athletes before they head out to the crazy heathen world of the West Coast to meet the pros. —Moira Phillips

Price: Free

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