Here’s the Inside Scoop on Kerri’s Upcoming p1440 Event in Huntington Beach
Written By: Allison Belda
Photos Provided By: p1440 Kerri Walsh Jennings
Ever wanted to watch an Olympic gold medalist in action? Now’s your chance. Three-time beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings is making her way to Huntington Beach Nov. 30-Dec. 2 for her exciting and inaugural p1440 season. The professional beach volleyball tournament will highlight the best volleyball players in the nation while also providing fun entertainment, health and wellness information and personal development experiences. Whether you play volleyball or not, this is one weekend you won’t want to miss out on. In the meantime, we chatted with the Queen of Beach Volleyball herself to get the details on her journey to p1440.
Q: How did you first get into beach volleyball?
Kerri Walsh Jennings: I had just graduated from Stanford, where I only played indoor volleyball. I was looking for a change after I played indoor at the Olympics. Beach volleyball was my leap of faith. All sports are beautiful, but this inspired me to live life with a purpose. My office is the beach, my uniform is a bikini and I get to travel the world and have a family all at the same time.
Q: What is your favorite beach volleyball memory?
KWJ: My first beach volleyball memory ever! It was my tryout with Misty May; she was my first partner on the beach. We ended up playing against my future husband. At the time, he was a stranger, but now I have three kids with him. We started training together and going to the gym. I would have married him three weeks later.
Q: What are your next goals?
KWJ: I am working on three simultaneous things. First, I want to be deeply connected with my family as I create this life with my career. Second, I want to qualify as the number one team in the world at the 2020 Olympics. Third, I want p1440 to be a successful, sustainable and inspiring sports brand out there. We want to celebrate the game every day, not just at the Olympics. Being in the Olympics is such a blessing, but if you’re only seen as an Olympic sport, it hurts you.
Q: Going off of the inspiration behind p1440, how do you try to live your 1440 minutes with a purpose?
KWJ: I always want to live in the moment. If you do this, you can handle anything on your plate. Put your heart and soul into what you want in life, and the rest will take care of itself.
Q: Which part of p1440 Huntington Beach are you most excited for?
KWJ: It is on one of the best beaches, and the top 16 best in the world are competing. It is such [a] high level and the final competition of the year. There will be one male champion and one female champion. Also, people around the world are coming to watch athletes and participate in clinics. They can do guided meditations and yoga as well, which ties in the health and wellness aspect of p1440.