Sport: Beach Volleyball Nets Big Bucks

Once a laid-back pastime, a waterside game goes major league

These are the good vibrations of August: soak up some rays on the beach, sip a brew or two and slap a volleyball over a net. A few years ago, Los Angeles beach boys thought it was cool if they were given a couple of six-packs for winning a beach-volleyball tournament. But times have changed. Last year Sinjin Smith, 32, beach-volleyball's top professional, earned nearly $135,000 for a season of bumping, setting and spiking out there on the sand, and he may do even better this year. Predicts Christopher Marlowe, an ESPN sports commentator and the 1984 U.S. Olympic volleyball-team captain:...

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