By Robert Bernstein
Beer Pong may not seem like a newsworthy event in Isla Vista. But it has intrigued me enough to take some photos and videos which I have posted here.
I first came to Isla Vista in 1982 to begin my graduate studies in the Physics Department at UCSB. I was always aware of Beer Pong being one of the many activities happening in Isla Vista, but I never paid much attention.
And there are always many happy young people on the beach like these people, so that is not new.
What caught my attention recently is how it is happening everywhere in Isla Vista. Even on the beach. It involves making a table and carrying it down to the beach, which seems like a significant effort.
Here are a few photos on three different days:
I also am intrigued by the rules. I did a Google search to find some rules here.
But those rules have no resemblance to what I was seeing. What I observed was an extraordinary dedication to tossing a very tiny hard object high in the air and players watching it come down. It never seemed to come down in a spot that allowed the beer to be consumed. At least not while I watched on these days and other days recently.
Here are a few videos I made of the action:
Perhaps someone can enlighten us all about exactly what rules, if any, these energetic young people are following?
When I was that age I was developing my skills as a unicyclist and as a juggler. So I can’t claim any superiority when it comes to my own set of “totally useless skills” as someone once called these things. But this inquiring mind wants to know!