THE BEACH VOLLEYBALL WALK OF FAME MANHATTAN BEACH PIER MANHATTAN BEACH BLVD AND THE STRAND
veryone knows the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier; after all, it turned 100 years old in 2020. Our Roundhouse Aquarium, nestled at the end, distinguishes it from other piers in any coastal photo or cinematic cityscape. But did you know that every winner of the worldfamous Manhattan Beach Open (MBO) has their name engraved on the Pier itself? Manhattan Beach is the Mecca of Beach Volleyball and host of the longest-running tournament in the USA - the “Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball” - the MBO. Winners have their name etched into a volleyball-shaped plaque and earn the right to be woven into the tapestry of our city’s history. Manhattan Beach legend Charles Saikley, the first MBO tournament director and father of the raucous and much-loved Sixman tournament, starts off the walk with a centered plaque in his honor. From there, the best of the game memorialized - Karch Kiraly with three different partners, Manhattan’s own Mike Dodd, the years of dominance from Kerri Walsh and Misty May, and the more recent victories by America’s Sweetheart - April Ross. I’m a beach player, so this means the world to me. But the history of this city’s game is remarkable and important to all. Plus, you can round out your walk with a visit to the Roundhouse Aquarium and the best views of the city at Pier’s end.