Beach Volley in Rio de Janeiro – Also about Foot Volley
The people you see playing beach volleyball in Rio are in general pretty good. The many beaches and the good weather are two explanations that grants plenty of practice opportunities. The sport started in the US in the 1920’s and became a common sight in Rio with an emerging beach culture in the 1950’s. The lust to hit the ball with the feet was too big and in the 1960’s footvolley was born. It is generally considered that it start is linked to football players practising on Copacabana Beach, so it’s actually a genuine sport from Rio de Janeiro. Where can you play it then?
Courts for Foot and Beach Volley in Rio
It’s not hard to find courts on the beaches in Copacabana and Ipanema, the tricky part is to find them empty. In general you’ll find free ones during the weekdays early in the morning and in the afternoon. On sunny weekends it can be really hard to find available ones at all. If there are some players around, make sure to ask them it’s ok for you to use the court. You shouldn’t pay rent for any nets, but you have to bring your own ball. Joining games is hard because if all players don’t measure up in volleyball, you don’t get a nice game going. But if you know how to play, it’s easy to join and almost for sure you will be invited to play again.
Don’t be stupid! Put lot’s of good sunscreen on and maybe a T-shirt (even when it’s cloudy). The sun can be a killer, so if you have sensitive skin, you have to be extra careful. It’s also important to remember to drink plenty of water!