I started playing beach volleyball when I was in college. My new college friends were beach volleyball enthusiast, and I quickly got the knack of the game. I loved being outdoors, on the beach and surrounded by friends doing what we all loved doing. Beach volleyball was our weekend escapes from the rigors of Monday to Friday studies.
When I was in my early twenties, I really did not care what I looked like. In other words, I could hardly be described as a fashionista or a girly-girl. Jeans and sneakers were my wardrobe choices 24/7, but jeans and sneakers are hardly the right gear when it comes to beach volleyball. Most of the other girls chose to wear the swimwear when playing volleyball. It made sense, we were on the beach, and we all loved a quick dive in the ocean after a game. I, however, was the bikini-wearing sort of girl, so my volleyball gear of choice was anything spandex.
Only spandex that don’t ride up!
Back then the spandex wear was nowhere near the quality or thickness we have today. Wearing spandex shorts meant wearing an oversized T-shirt to cover up, and it was comfortable but not perfect. I would spend hours trying to remove beach sand from my clothes and body parts after a few sessions of volleyball. It was frustrating, but I still had fun.