This episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, features Mark Paaluhi, the man who is currently keeping professional beach volleyball alive in Hermosa Beach. How? By running a city-held Hermosa Beach Open. When the city and the AVP couldn’t come to terms on an event in 2024, Paaluhi stepped up and has since taken the reins. The 2024 Hermosa Beach Open will be held September 4-7 in Hermosa Beach, California. There will be a qualifier on September 4, while the main draw will be held on the 5, 6, and 7. Volleyball TV will be streaming the event. For more information and how to support, go to

We chat all about that, as well as:

  • Why Paaluhi decided to take on the monster task of putting on a major tournament
  • How popcorn was his ultimate lightbulb moment
  • What Hermosa Beach means to the beach volleyball community
  • Why it will be an old school feel to this tournament, and why Paaluhi thinks that’s the way of the sport moving forward



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