This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, features Mark Paaluhi, a Hawai'ian native who was raised in Hermosa Beach. As a player, his heyday was in the early '90s, the Golden Era of the sport, where he trained with Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes, among others. But his impact on the sport goes far beyond his abilities as a player.
Paaluhi is the man behind the net systems and courts at 16th Street, and he is the one directing all of those miniature tournaments in Hermosa Beach you keep hearing about. On this episode, we discuss:
- His background as a player, and a hilarious story about getting bageled, 15-0, by Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes
- His serendipitous journey getting into the corporate world of beach volleyball with USA Volleyball
- How he negotiated with the Hermosa Beach Chief of Police to make 16th Street the safe-haven for professional beach volleyball players
- The advent, and evolution, of the miniature tournaments in Hermosa Beach
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