SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

A mix of local talent, professionals and Olympic champions will hit the sand as the AVP Tour makes a stop in Santa Barbara.

This is the second consecutive year the pro beach volleyball circuit has made a pit stop on West Beach, building a stadium and several courts for the action.

AVP SCHEDULE:

Thursday
Qualifier at West Beach
Play starts at 9 a.m.
St. Pete Men's final continuation 5 p.m. West Beach
 
Friday
Doors: 10:30 a.m.
Play starts: 11 a.m.
Ends: 6 p.m.
 
Saturday
Doors 8:30 a.m.
Play starts 9 a.m.
Ends 6 p.m.
 
Sunday 
Doors 10:30 a.m.
Play starts (semifinals and finals only) 11 a.m.
Ends 5:30 p.m.

The tournament brings the top players in the world and also gives locals a chance to win their way into the main draw during qualifying rounds. Santa Barbara native Todd Rogers and three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings are just a couple of the stars that will be hitting the sand.

The four-day free event, kicks off Thursday morning and concludes Sunday with the championship matches.