Ed Ratledge rides a beach cruiser to work and shows up in flip-flops. He slips out of them when he reaches his so-called outdoor office.
The beach is where Ratledge works. On the sand is where he earns a living.
Ratledge now has to find other ways to support his family.
Ratledge plans to teach youngsters at the YMCA in Newport Beach the beach volleyball game next month. He is going to do a lot more clinics now that his career on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Nivea Tour is stuck in the sand.
Ratledge said he is worried the AVP season may be done early after the AVP postponed the event scheduled in San Francisco this weekend due to financial troubles. The AVP moved the event from AT&T Park to a smaller venue, Little Marina Green Park, and a different date, Sept. 11-12.
Ratledge, who lives in Huntington Beach, does not blame the current management for the AVP's woes.