Locals, tourists take to the beach for a break from the floods

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) – There were tents and nets a plenty lining the sands of Gulf Shores this afternoon as the city welcomed dozens of collegiate volleyball players for the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship.

“It’s well run, with the best officials, tournament director. It’s really an amazing tournament,” Anna Collier, head coach for the University of Southern California women’s team, said.

The event also partners with a number of local schools for field trip Friday. One of those schools is Elberta Elementary.

“They learn some skills from a USA member named John Kessell, they get to participate in some sand sculpting, they get to watch the girls play, we have some together time at The Hangout, and we get to meet some of the players,” Kelli Bryant, the school’s physical education teacher said.

It is also a chance for the kids to forget about the trouble of this week…if only for an afternoon.

“A lot of our students were actually very affected by that flood that we had because we’re up in the country area. Actually two of these students didn’t come yesterday to school because they couldn’t get out of their house,” Bryant said.

Gulf Shores resident Colton Wallace said Baldwin County has been through natural disasters before and it will bounce back.

And a little sun and surf is a great first step on the road to recovery.

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