California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) is a great organization to become a member of and get out and play beach volleyball. You will need to have a partner to register for tournaments, but if you and a friend would like to compete, the membership fee is just $25 for the year (Jan 1 – Dec 31). If you have never played beach volleyball before and would like to take a class, Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos have Beach Volleyball Camps for Adults at the Santa Monica Annenberg House on PCH.
CBVA – various locations: Doheny (Dana Point), Belmont Shore (Long Beach), Dockweiler (Playa del Rey), Coronado, Huntington Beach, Hermosa Beach
Annenberg House – Santa Monica
Sand soccer is a great activity that provides fun, team play, friendship and healthy competition on the sand. Enjoying a good game by the ocean is the essence of sand soccer. In addition to offering tournaments to compete in, some of the clubs offer clinics as well to help you master the game.
Copa Cabana Beach Soccer – Zuma Beach in Malibu, Santa Monica, Dockweiler in Playa del Rey, & Long Beach
Santa Monica Sports Club – Santa Monica
Annenberg House – Santa Monica
Surf City Sand Soccer – Huntington Beach
Yoga – is a great way to build strength and flexibility in your body, become more relaxed through breathing, and feel more spiritual communing with the natural beauty of doing the yoga poses or positions on the sand and next to the waves on the beach. There are plenty of Yoga Studios in the southern California area, but finding a class on the beach takes it to a new level. Many of these classes are donation based (Suggested donations are either posted on their website or information is provided at the beach.). Many of these classes are offered in the late mornings or early evenings at the beach when it the temperature is a little cooler.
Yoga with Brad - Santa Monica bradkeimach.com/yoga.html
Yoga Classes at 14th and The Strand - City of Hermosa Beach hermosabch.org
Breathe Bodyworks – Redondo Beach breathebodyworks.net
Yoga Loft – indoors with a view of the MB Pier and beach. Manhattan Beach yogaloftmb.com
Additional Donation Based Classes from "Yoga On The Beach" from Meetup.com:
Beach Yoga in Marina Del Rey – Near Hurricane St and Pacific Avenue at Venice Beach in Marina Del Rey.
Santa Monica Yoga Group - Crescent Bay Park near Ocean Ave and Bay Street in Santa Monica
Outdoor Yoga Huntington Beach - E Pacific Coast Hwy & 14th St in Huntington Beach
Yoga By The Shores – La Jolla (San Diego)
Basic Yoga and meditation meetup – Mission Bay East, San Diego
Paddling in a kayak on the ocean can be a wonderful experience. Getting out in the water can be liberating and peaceful. Paddling out on the ocean waves with the marine animals and the surf can make for a great day that is a magical getaway. Rentals can be found at most beach locations, especially where there are boat rentals or stand up paddleboard rentals such as Marina Del Rey, Newport Beach, or Mission Bay.
If you are not familiar with kayaking, there are lessons from most places that rent kayaks. They will teach you about the gear, paddling strokes, what to do when you capsize, exiting the kayak when in water, and additional practice in winds, waves, and currents.
Classes can be found at:
Southwind Kayak Center – Newport Beach southwindkayaks.com
Mission Bay Aquatic Center – Mission Bay mbaquaticcenter.com
UCLA Aquatic Center – Marina del Rey (you must have an affiliation with UCLA to enroll. If you do not have an affiliation – student, faculty, etc., anyone can become a member of the Alumni Association and then become eligible to enroll) recreation.ucla.edu
REI – locations at Cabrillo Beach, Marina del Rey, Newport Beach, Coronado Tidelands