Ah, beach volleyball. Sand beneath your feet, fine ladies, fit fellas, a weird guy in the bleachers taking notes while you’re playing for some reason… what more could you ask for? Well, some shady areas for starters. Parc Jeanne-Mance is also definitely in need of a closer spot to pick up food and beer. What’s a day in the sun without getting drunk on warm PBR and yelling at your volleyballing friends like you’re their overbearing, vicariously-living sports fan dad? “Play harder, son!”, “Hit the ball, honey!”, “You were adopted, [gender neutral term for son/daughter]!”. Anyway, long story short, it’s a lot of fun and you should go. Long story long: read the rest of this article, dummy.

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The courts are open every day from May to September (weather permitting).┬áRegistration for the season is a mere $10, and once you’re in, it’s only $3 for the day (12pm to sunset, or whenever your body/pride gives out). They have courts for people of all skill levels, so if you’re really good, be sure to sign up for the beginner’s court to swiftly crush the newbies and gain confidence. The sand gets pretty hot at times and ends up pretty much all over ya, so take full advantage of the hose-down area near the big chain-link fence behind the courts.

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Recommended equipment:

  1. Water bottle
  2. Shorts
  3. Chest hair and/or cleavage
  4. Sweet shades/hat/tat
  5. Arms, Legs (Head/torso optional)
  6. Actual volleyball skill
  7. “Have Fun, Try Hard!” attitude
  8. “Sit down, let the better kids play!” attitude
  9. Sandals
  10. Drunk friends
  11. Encouraging friends
  12. Friends who aren’t as good at this as you are
  13. A lunch
  14. Money for ice cream
  15. Mouth for ice cream
  16. Napkin for ice cream
  17. A training montage of the weeks leading up to your visit

Play hard, enjoy yourselves, and keep your P’s n’ V’gees sand-free, ladies and goons.