VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Tropical Storm Andrea put a huge dent in tourists' plans in the resort city.
Several festivals and concerts scheduled at the Oceanfront were canceled because of the impending storm. The Latin Festival, and the Virginia Beach Hoedown were both canceled, but organizers for one beach event say Tropical Storm Andrea brought them perfect conditions.
The sand, the ocean mist already makes sand soccer a tough sport. Add in the spurts of rain showers, and clouds warning of a tropical storm, and the game play gets even trickier.
"You got to get rid of the ball quicker, get the ball out of sand, and get more down to the soccer that's supposed to be played in the air," said Team Los Angelos soccer player Hamaie Arroyo.
Soccer players said compared to past years of sand soccer, when the weather was scorching, Friday's storm conditions were actually nice.
"The early rain made the sand nice, hard, cool," soccer player Zack Hardison said. "Sometimes it really hot out here and we get blisters on our feet."
It wasn't as fun for those who came out to watch, like Kirsten Gulick from King George
"I think it sucks," Gulick said. "I'm kind of really disappointed because it's my first time and I was super excited. I was hoping it would be sunny out, and it's not."
The rain is no problem for Executive Director of the North American Sand Soccer Championship Dick Whalen.
"We're sort of a weather proof event, and we consider ourselves like weatherized and bullet proof," Whalen said.
He said in the 20 years of the soccer championship, weather has only forced them off the beach twice.
"If it really gets super super nasty, we'll stop for a while and then we've got portable lights to illuminate the field at night," Whalen said. "We may be playing out here at two in the morning."
With thousands of games scheduled for the next two days, Whalen is hoping it won't come to that. The backup plan is to condense games, but there are no plans of stopping even if things get a little dirty for players.
"It's fun to get muddy, it's fun to get sandy, and nobody is really complaining about it," Whalen said.
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