There's nothing like playing ultimate on the beach. When you run, it feels as if you're running through half of a foot of water (sometimes burning water depending on the time of day), but when you lay out for a disc it's like landing on a Tempur-Pedic mattress, except of course for all of the sand that gets everywhere and scrapes off your skin like a rug burn. The spirit of the game changes as well - people aren't as jumpy to call fouls and hammers and other upside-down throws are highly encouraged. After the Saturday games, the tournament directors invite everyone 21 and over to a free biergarten on the beach, followed by a party at the Bolero. Games commence Sunday morning, and before I knew it all 6 games (4 the first day, 2 the second) were over and I was driving back up the Garden State Parkway.
|Blowing up the Bolero|
It was also great to see friends from my summer league in Wildwood as well, and needless to say playing in a tournament for the first time in months definitely got me excited for our summer league finals this coming weekend. I feel like I've finally gotten back my edge when playing ultimate, and if I play in the finals like I did this past weekend I will be very happy. Most of the time, I knew where to cut, didn't drop the disc, and didn't throw any discs away. I am pumped for finals this weekend - I really do think that our team can do well.
This weekend was also bittersweet because it was actually harder to say goodbye to my team and my college friends than I thought. We were all going back to our lives, mine in Jersey and theirs in DC or Boston or Philly. School will start again in a little less than a month. I still have some trips to look forward to in August, but that end-of-summer feeling is definitely hitting me hard right now.
I have no idea what's going to happen over the course of this year and I expect to go through a lot of life changes next summer after I finish school, but I do know that I will be spending the last weekend of July 2012 in Wildwood, and I hope to see you all there again.