Rolling O Lab and the Corona Wide Open Tour Invades the Windy City


The wind settled and the sun shined for an enormous crowd on hand at the Corona Wide Open Beach Volleyball stop on North Avenue Beach in Chicago, Illinois. There were plenty of sets, spikes and digs to wow the die hard local beach fans with an array of acrobatic moves. The O Lab Crew, led by Team Captain Adam Racioppi, had a move of his own as he shifted into four wheel drive and dragged the 25,000 pound O Lab through 2 feet of beach sand in order to set up for what was an exciting weekend.

Chicago is the seventh stop on the eight-city tour and offers a chance for a variety of volleyball enthusiasts to compete with men’s, women’s and mixed teams. Winners of the Open Division earn the top prize of $1200 cash, a pair of Oakley Sunglasses, and round trip airfare and hotel accommodations at the U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball on Manhattan Beach in Sunny California. But it was Oakley who offered all skill levels the chance at winning the $3500 Minute Machine watch, Diamond Dial Edition to the competitor who serves the ball through the Oakley O. Proceeds went to the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people. Several serves came close, but not one could claim the Machine.

The O Lab was a perfect fit for the local Chicago fans. Hundreds of sand filled feet rushed inside to see what Oakley had to offer on the beach. The weekend was organized by Oakley’s very own, Megan Pura and from hosting the VIP party Saturday night to enduring the Men’s Open finals showdown Sunday evening, there was also plenty of excitement. The O Lab crew would like to give Megan and the Corona Crew a special “Thanks” for the continuous flow of fans who climbed inside to learn about Oakley HDO.

As the sun fades, we leave behind the Windy City with the footprints of the O Lab in the soft lake sand and set the GPS for Music City, home to Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Motor Cross National Championships. Thanks again Chicago!