2017-04-21 09:00:00 CEST

12 things you only know if you’re a beach volleyball player

No regrets

We beach volleyball players know what really happens behind-the-scenes - it’s not all glamorous beach bodies, tournaments held at exotic locations and sunshine; we go through the wringer #NoRegrets.

In spite of this, there isn’t anything else we would rather do. We’d take the worst days in beach volleyball over the best days in any other sport. In honour of ‘being on the inside’ / ‘close-knit-group’ - we’ve decided to share 12 things that you would only know if you’re a beach volleyball player. 

1. Screaming and yelling is part of the game. Not just for the players, but also for the fans.

No inside voices here. Photocredit: Martin SteinthalerNo inside voices here. Photocredit: Martin Steinthaler

2. Getting sweaty and battered in sand is part of the fun. If you mind looking like “Crumbed Chicken”, this sport is not for you.

April rocking the schnitzel look. Photocredit: Stefan MoertlApril rocking the schnitzel look. Photocredit: Stefan Moertl

3. The awful sensation of sand in your mouth, eyes and nose. Sand everywhere. Remember: sand can be found all over your body. Inside and out…

Nick Lucena now: Gotta get that ball. Nick Lucena later: Probably should’ve closed my mouth. Photocredit: Mihai StetcuNick Lucena now: Gotta get that ball. Nick Lucena later: Probably should’ve closed my mouth. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu

4. The official FIVB match ball is a Mikasa Beach Champ VLS 300 AND we’re obsessed with it. Everything else is a no-no.

The one and only. Photocredit: Andreas LangreiterThe one and only. Photocredit: Andreas Langreiter

5. You’re only a real beach volleyball player if you’re taped in at least one spot. If you’re a real pro you wear multiple tapes in multiple colors.

German gals Laura and Kira know what’s up when it comes to athletic tape. Photocredit: Andreas LangreiterGerman gals Laura and Kira know what’s up when it comes to athletic tape. Photocredit: Andreas Langreiter

6. How to draw a beach volleyball. It’s tricky. Try it.

“I’m telling you, it’s not easy!” Photocredit: Joerg Mitter“I’m telling you, it’s not easy!” Photocredit: Joerg Mitter

7. The importance of a side out when you’re behind.

Focus: You’re about to get served. SIDE OUT TIME! Photocredit: Mihai StetcuFocus: You’re about to get served. SIDE OUT TIME! Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu

8. How effective a fake block can be. Fake it till you make it!

No one realized right. Hehehe. Photocredit: Martin Steinthaler ll you make it!No one realized right. Hehehe. Photocredit: Martin Steinthaler ll you make it!

9. That the husband and wife zone is always a good spot to get the opposite team annoyed. Always.

The other team when you husband and wife zone them. Photocredit: Mihai StetcuThe other team when you husband and wife zone them. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu

10. That a Tomahawk is not only for Indians and a rainbow is not necessarily colorful and pretty… Chicken wings are neither food nor animal parts, just as cobra shots are not a fancy new party drink.

Watch me whip, watch me rainbow. Photocredit: Martin SteinthalerWatch me whip, watch me rainbow. Photocredit: Martin Steinthaler

11. King and Queen of the beach is title to fight for. Over and over again.

Queen of the beach. Enough said. Photocredit: Daniel Grund.Queen of the beach. Enough said. Photocredit: Daniel Grund.

12. And finally, you’re only a true beach volleyball player if you can pick up a beach volleyball with one hand and keep it there like it’s just a normal course of action (apparently not everyone can do this)

All day I dream about slaying… and I do it with one hand. Photocredit: Samo VidicAll day I dream about slaying… and I do it with one hand. Photocredit: Samo Vidic

So, there you have it – the comprehensive list of things you’d only know if you’re a beach volleyball player – and did I mention sand everywhere? Like on the keyboard as I type… 

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