BEACH TENNIS IN ARUBA
Posted on 13 December 2016
Beach Tennis in Aruba; the hottest sport a girl can play!
I am Andrea and I work closely with Thalassa on the Thalassa Boom Resort Wear brand. I am in charge of the social media, the artwork, I do modeling activities and many more things! I am practically involved in all aspects of the business together with Thalassa and our 3rd parties. My post today is about Beach Tennis which in my opinion is the hottest sport a girl can play!
Since I was a child I was always doing different activities. My mom always pushed me to try new things and that’s how I started doing ballet when I was 3 years old. I was the baby of the class, the minimum age required was 4, but I was so enthusiastic that they didn’t have the courage to reject me ;-) From there I practiced gymnastics, swimming, kickingball, scuba diving and then in during my College years soccer was THE thing for me. I loved it and used to train twice a day! I had the best team in the world. More than friends my teammates became sisters. The games were super fun and I was in the best shape ever… so It was a true passion for me.
Then I started working, ad due to my schedules it became more and more complicated for me to find a team. I then started traveling a lot because my now husband was living in a different country. So basically it was impossible for me to keep up with the commitment of the soccer trainings.
As I grew up I realized that I really need to do some sport that keeps me motivated, makes me feel good, more energized and off course to be healthy. I definitely think exercise is vital to achieve this lifestyle but It’s hard to work out when you don’t have the extra motivation and you aren’t passionate about it… I mean I can go to the gym and take some classes, lift some weights and after all the feeling is amazing but it’s not that I’m jumping of excitement in the morning because I’m going to the gym. The other thing is that I love to interact with people and I found that inside the gym most of the people are isolated and into their own earplugs.
In that search for some fun sporty thing to do, my husband found this new sport called Beach Tennis… Yes, I know what you are thinking … Beach what? Well the thing is that we are currently living in a tiny island in the middle of the Caribbean named Curacao and the options are limited, but they do have Beach Tennis! Beach Tennis basically combines elements of tennis and volleyball but is played on a a court with sand. You use a carbon racquet (that looks like wood) and then the ball can’t touch the ground which makes it a super fast game.
Coming back to my story, my husband at least came from Tennis but that wasn’t my experience. When I began I was barely able to hold my Pink racquet (because that was my first condition to try this “new sport", I needed motivation and I found it in a beautiful Shiny Pink Racquet. Since that day I found the sporty-sparkle that I was missing and I started practicing almost 5 days a week. I did some private lessons to improve and I started playing tournaments, meeting super nice people and getting more competitive!!!
Aruba Beach Tennis Tournament
That’s how we discovered the Aruba Beach Tennis Tournament. This is the biggest BT tournament in the world and this year they received more than 1200 players from all over the world and they built around 40 courts in the middle of Paradise!
Enjoying Aruba with my Thalassa Boom Bikini
This is basically on of the best weeks of the year for us because we travel to Aruba (that is only 20 minutes away from Curacao), we play all the different categories like singles, mix, doubles, teams cup and nations cup and enjoy the opportunity to play with so many different people.
The other great thing about this sport, is that it is kind of a "boutique sport" so you have you the opportunity to see all the Pro players doing their thing, meet them, talk to them about their trainings and they are all super open and fun to be around.
At night the center court is the place to be. So you can have a drink, meet people from around the world because most of the players come from Italy, Brazil, Venezuela and of course Aruba, and you are in one of the most beautiful beaches… so what else can you ask for?
Center Court during the finals
During the time in between matches, it is fantastic to go to some local restaurants like “Zeerovers” that is a super casual restaurant with the feeling of a fisherman place. From the sea to the fryer, enjoy the fresh fish catch of the day, and amazing sides like fried plantain, onion rings and shrimp. Not healthy at all but trust me… delicious!!! And anyways we were doing enough exercise to justify that meal.
Another 'go to' is the Italian “Giannis” which is one of the first Italian restaurants in Aruba and one of the “fancy” places over there. Their pasta can even impress a real Italian (and that’s never easy). Also try the Burrata with Prosciutto, the "Linguine alle Cozze" with Mussels in garlic sauce, white wine and a touch of fresh tomatoes, "Spaghetti al Polpo" made with Fresh Aruban octopus sautéed in olive oil, garlic and fresh tomatoes over spaghetti and off course the Parmesan Spaghetti made inside a giant cheese.
And for a late night after party dinner you need to stop a Eataly. With a wonderful selection of gourmet Italian comfort food, this mobile cuisine is parked and ready to feed the hungriest appetites. Stationed on a very accessible corner next to the Eagle Bowling Palace and Club Hipsz, drive-by locals and tourists can stop for the most scrumptious panini's, burgers, pastas and... Try the Porchetta Sandwich.
Having a Porchetta Sandwich with some friends & the Number 3 Player of the world, the Italian Alessandro Calbucci
At the end we had a fantastic week, where we met amazing people from around the world. And honestly I think that's what sport is all about; sweat, share, compete with yourself, have fun while doing it and share what you learn in the process.
These were my 5 cents on Beach Tennis & Aruba; I hope you enjoyed!