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First annual Moonstone beach volleyball tournament a big success

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The first annual Moonstone Classic Beach Volleyball tournament was a big success, and organizers are already looking to build on that for next year.

Held recently as part of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust beach field day, the beach volleyball tournament attracted 90 players on 15 teams playing on three different nets.

The tournament was organized by the College of the Redwoods women’s team.

The day also featured a surfing competition for different age groups, with over 100 surfers competing.

The day was organized as a fundraiser for the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust, a non-profit organization “Dedicated to providing coastal access while protecting the natural beauty and character of the Humboldt County Coast from Little River to Big Lagoon.”

“The money we raised goes to improving and maintaining all of the trails down to the beach and restoration work and educating the community on marine and eco systems,” Jody Smith of Trinidad Coastal Land Trust said.

A busy day also included a yoga session in the morning to get all the competitors loosened up, as well as cornhole matches, live music and a food truck.

“We had a really great crowd, and it was a very good turnout and a very positive turnout,” Smith said. “Everyone was excited to be there. It was a really good community effort to make sure the beach stayed clean.”

Smith also paid tribute to the CR volleyball players and head coach Petra Lorenzi in particular.

“We couldn’t have done it without her,” she said.

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