Lunch with a side of pickleball

Ken Knabke and Sam Chesluk anticipate a excessive ball hit by opponents Felipe Tapie and Ryne Walz, the 4 work at Curvature, an IT firm based mostly in Goleta. They took their lunch break to play pickleball Tuesday at Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park, at 170 S Kellogg Ave. in Goleta.
Felipe Tapie eyes the ball alongside doubles companion Ryne Walz, at left.
Gamers use paddles to strike in pickleball. The game is performed on a badminton-doubles-sized court docket.

4 co-workers at Curvature, a Goleta-based IT firm, took their lunch break at Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park for a sport of pickleball Tuesday afternoon. Ken Knabke and Sam Chesluk paired off towards Felipe Tapie and Ryne Walz. 

Jonny D. Wallis Park, positioned at 170 S Kellogg Ave. in Goleta, opened March 30, 2019, and consists of courts for basketball, handball, bocce ball and pickleball. It additionally has a concrete ping pong table.

Like ping pong, pickleball makes use of paddles. It’s performed on a 20 by 44-foot court docket, the dimensions for badminton doubles, however makes use of the identical footprint for singles or doubles pickleball.

Gameplay combines options of tennis, badminton and ping-pong for a enjoyable, fast-paced expertise. It can be slowed down for teenagers to hitch in too.

— Annelise Hanshaw