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“Manhattan Beach is hands-down my favorite beach to play on,” says Kerri Walsh Jennings, beach volleyball Olympic gold medalist. “The sand is nice and deep, and the setting is beautiful.” Find her and other professional players in action at the courts near Fourth Street early in the morning. (Many people set up chairs to watch.) There’s space up for grabs for beginners too, says local volleyball coach Cindy Grebliunas; public courts have nets emblazoned with “Department of Beaches and Harbor.” Grebliunas offers 1 1⁄2-hour private classes ($50/2 people; KCBVolleyball@hotmail.com).