Annual Beach Ball proves as popular as ever

Dressed to the nines, soaked to the skin: partygoers honoured the Beach Ball’s tradition of getting into the sea in all their finery.
Annual Beach Ball proves as popular as ever
Annual Beach Ball proves as popular as ever
Dressed to the nines, soaked to the skin: partygoers honoured the Beach Ball’s tradition of getting into the sea in all their finery.

WITH their suits drenched in seawater and ball gowns peppered with salt and sand, about 250 stylish yet soaked partygoers danced the night away at City Beach foreshore on December 28.

Co-founder Bonnie Davies said their annual Beach Ball attracted some of the biggest crowds in its seven-year history.

“We had so much fun the first year when there were only about 30 of us, and ever since word has just spread,” Ms Davies said.

“It’s a very simple concept: you just dress up like you’re going to a ball, then parade and run into the sea fully clothed like an idiot.

“After that we usually dance, sit on the grass, chat and slowly fade away with the sunset.”

Ms Davies, also known as her comedy alter ego Famous Sharron, said she liked keeping the ball simple because “everyone brings their own silly happiness and makes it their own”.

“Being on the beach together is the magic bit, and we prefer it being open to families, friends and whoever is walking by,” she said.

“A lot of kids come now in tiny tuxedos, because it started almost a decade ago and now some of us are having kids, which is just lovely.”

Ms Davies said local theatre company The Last Great Hunt was looking at holding the Beach Ball in Mandurah this year.

“But the original beach ball will always just be us on the beach in ball dresses and suits going for a swim, and if more people want to join in and have their own Beach Ball wherever they are that would be amazing,” she said.