Heat. Sweat. Virility. The knowledge of oncoming sunburn without the willpower to hinder it. Matted hair and dust. Rising heat at the soles of your feet, knowing of a nearby cool, refreshing, vast and sweeping body of water. Yet you play on because the pain brings forth camaraderie, masculine kinship. The joy in being a spectator. The joy in being part of a team. The joy in not being alone.

Key words: beach, sunburn, teammates, virility

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