8 Surprising Beach Games

Ultimate frisbee? Yawn. Hackey sack? Ugh, I can’t hear you over the sound of BORING. Here are eight great summer sports that you may not have known about. Head on down to the beach with some Coronas, snap some pics, and celebrate summer.

1. Beachsketball

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Like regular basketball but with—wild guess here—a lot less dribbling.

2. Sepak Takraw

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Beach volleyball + kickboxing, obviously. Huge in Southeast Asia.

3. Cricket

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You may not think so, but globally, cricket is a big deal. And beach cricket, which uses a tennis ball instead of the rock-hard bystander-skull-cracking normal variety, is a big enough deal that there used to be an international tournament.

4. Beach Flags

Think “capture the flag” meets “musical chairs” but without actual flags or chairs. It’s big in Australia. Here’s how you play.

5. Frescobol

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Somewhere between paddleball and ping pong, frescobol is huge in Brazil which means ugly, non-ripped people are generally not encouraged to play.

6. Ladder golf

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Bocce meets Frisbee golf. There are plenty of places you can buy a ladder golf setup, but the intrepid will build their own.

(Note: We are aware this photo isn’t on a beach. Use your imagination.)

7. Flick ‘n’ Sticks

You’ll need: 4 sticks, 4 solo cups, 4 people, one Frisbee. You score points by… ah, hell—just watch the video and you’ll pick it up.

8. Beach polo

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Bottom line? If you’re rich you can more or less do whatever you want, wherever you want.

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