The Annual 6-man Beach Volleyball Tournament Draws Crowds and Smiles

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For the first time, Team Lyon Stahl was crowned men’s champs of this year’s Charlie Saikley 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament—a local tradition for more than 43 years. On the women’s side, Horny Unicorny took home the top honor. This popular event takes place next to the Manhattan Beach Pier over the course of two days in August. 

A tournament full of fun, sun and competition, the spectacle welcomes as many as 50,000 attendees. At the start of the event, teams dress up in over-the-top costumes to the delight of fans. At nearby Shellback Tavern, guests flood in and patiently wait for signature Fanta shots. It’s not until Saturday that the competition narrows down and things really start to get serious. After two days of competing in the South Bay sun, a new champion is named.

Team Lyon Stahl first competed in the 6-Man Beach Volleyball Tournament back in 2018, achieving a second-place finish. Four years later, the team took home the big win. The group includes Lyon Stahl’s very own Parker Boehle and Duncan Backus, along with business partners Brett Lyon and Woody Stahl. 2017 Open Division winners Horny Unicorny made an impressive showing, adding another medal to their growing legacy.