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The weekend's scorching forecast has not deterred Perth's beach volleyball fanatics, with record numbers expected at Scarborough beach tomorrow.

SLAM, a national beach volleyball festival, will have 124 amateur teams fighting it out for up to $2500 in prizes.

SLAM spokeswoman Maggie Elliot said competitors were told to be sun-smart and slip on socks to protect against potentially hot sand.

Inflatable courts and a pop-up beach bar will be set up, with DJs to blast tunes.

Ms Elliot said the event, inspired by the Sydney Olympics volleyball competition, had been a big hit on the west coast because of Perth's beach- going lifestyle.

"The organisers of the event really wanted to recreate the atmosphere and vibe at Bondi beach during the Sydney Games and take it to beaches around Australia," she said.

Ms Elliot said competition was split into three divisions, with serious competitors separated from people just starting out.

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"Some people take it seriously but it's an event for people of all skill levels to just give it a go and have fun," she said.

SLAM, the biggest volleyball festival in the southern hemisphere, takes place between 10am and 4pm at Scarborough beach amphitheatre.

The West Australian

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