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The 2007 'Six Man' Volleyball Tourney Photo Essay

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Although it might not be a surprise to you that Manhattan Beach has the hottest volleyball tournament, we had only heard rumors of the infamous Six Man and didn't believe the unreal hype.

Manhattan Beach hadn't let us down. On Sunday we showed you a sweet photo essay documenting the AVP pro beach volleyball tourney that they held down there, which led us to find out more about the Slo Motion Wave.

But what we discovered to be even cooler was the crowning jewel of Surfest, the all-day, all-night Six Man vball tourney where you can see pros mixing it up with their bros, and you can also be amazed and amused at some of the most beautiful, uh, costumes this side of Halloween.

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World-class volleyball players, top college stars and disguised AVP pros don costumes as if it were Halloween. In addition to a loose attitude, they bring their incredible skills to a 6-man beach tournament. Among the teams are the "Lakers" in Afro wigs, Magnum P.I., nurses, Matrix (girls in all leather), Boy Scouts, Abraham Lincolns, the Mullets and the Six Kittens.

We don't really know what Six Man is supposed to be, or who started it up, or when it got so huge, but we do know that when men and women dress up in wacky outfits and square off against each other in the well groomed sands next to the Manhattan Beach Pier, and drink a lot, either it can be a super fun experience, or something that some locals might want to throw a wet towel on.Here at LAist, we find it hard not to celebrate summer beach fun, athleticism, and teamwork, especially if it involves a half dozen dudes dressed up as Oompa Loompas.

So please join us after the jump where you can get a glimpse of some of the best outfits, craziest costumes, and hottest teams who all took part in Six Man earlier this month down in the South Bay as part of Surf Fest.

All photos by Jeff Homer, used by permission, and to whom we owe great thanks