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Martin Reader, left, and Mark Ellingson, compete at the men’s semifinals of the Molson Open Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament at Kitsilano Beach yesterday.

Kitsilano Beach played host to some of North America’s best professional beach volleyball players yesterday for the final day of the Molson Open Pro Volleyball Tournament.

This year, the annual three-day tournament boasted Canada’s biggest purse at $15,000, and included 32 men’s and women’s teams.

Among the stars were British Columbia natives, professional beach volleyball players Jessi Lelliott and Martin Reader, who compete full time on the international circuit.

The duo faced off against Victoria’s Adam Parkes and Dan Casey in the men’s gold-medal game yesterday.

On the women’s side, former indoor national team members and University of British Columbia Thunderbird alumni Joanne Ross and Barb Bellini were seeded first coming into the competition.

Final results weren’t available by press time.