Manhattan Beach Open champ Adam Johnson joins Paper Courts

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There are few beach volleyball players on the planet who have won as many tournaments — and by extension, money — in the sport as Adam Johnson.

Nicknamed AJ, he won more than 40 professional tournaments, 16 of which came alongside the legendary Karch Kiraly. Though he was never able to represent the United States, Johnson was perpetually on the tantalizing cusp of qualifying for the Olympics.

With the legendary Manhattan Beach Open coming up in less than a week, we felt it would be appropriate to throw it back old school on the podcast to talk to Johnson, a two-time MBO winner, about the Grandaddy of them all.

On the podcast, Johnson and I discuss everything from the “Golden Era” of beach volleyball to the ’96 Olympics and the Karch-Sinjin rivalry to how the rules changes affected the game.

Listen in here!


Podcast with the legendary Mike Dodd. 


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Travis Mewhirter

Travis Mewhirter is the founder of A graduate from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Mewhirter’s work has been featured in the Washington Post, Yahoo! Sports, Northwest Florida Daily News, and the Orange County Register. He currently writes for, DiG Magazine, and, among others.