Dear Beach Volleyball Community

So far, we only knew a scenario like the current one from the fiction of various apocalypse movies. In reality, of course, none of us really have any idea how to deal with it. Only one thing unites us in this challenging time: the certainty that we have to put down everything that is not directly related to the elimination of the virus. A logical conclusion that, however, has a dramatic impact on all of us.

Experts are now predicting that the pandemic will peak in July and August. And that, in turn, means for us that currently, nobody can assume the responsibility to approach the implementation of the planned events with a clear conscience and with full conviction. After extensive discussions with the International Federation, our sponsors as well as partners and representatives from the cities of Vienna and Hamburg, we decided to cancel the two Major tournaments. And we can no longer contribute to the upgrade of the event in Gstaad.

We are sad to announce this decision. At the moment, we only have hope that the global crisis will soon subside and be under control. Then we will start the work to realize our events in 2021 with full energy and unwavering commitment.

My thanks go to everyone who has shared and supported our enthusiasm for beach volleyball over the past 25 years. I firmly believe that we will be able to provide proof of our subline again next year:

Goosebumps don't lie - See you @ the Beach!

Your Hannes Jagerhofer for the Beach Majors team
Founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series

2018-06-07 17:20:00 CEST

Fearless Vikings ride the Riesenrad

Anders and Christian win the battle of the nerves

Serve the Sky - Extended

We take you behind-the-scenes of 'Serve the Sky' - touching the clouds 215 feet in the air, two of the world's top teams atop Vienna's iconic Riesenrad Ferris wheel.

They had already beaten the reigning Olympic champions this season so climbing 215 feet (65 meters) above the Vienna skyline was never going to be a problem for Norwegians beach volleyball starlets Anders Mol and Christian Sørum.

The Beachvolley Vikings, who won their first World Tour medal together when winning silver in Itapema last month, showed nerves of steel as they faced Austria’s Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst in our epic Serve the Sky photoshoot on top of Vienna’s Riesenrad Ferris wheel.

Anders, 20, and 22-year-old Christian took everything in their stride as they watched their rivals on the opposite gondola sweat as Austria’s most famous landmark gave them a perfect bird’s eye view over the city.

“It was quite an experience, a once-in-a-lifetime one,” said Anders once he and his teammate had returned to the ground. “I will never do that again… and I don’t mean that in a bad way, I mean who even has an idea like that?

“We couldn’t imagine anything like this. When we were invited and we saw the test photographs with the city in the background, it was an offer we just couldn’t turn down. We’re super glad we came here – I don’t think it could have gone any better.”

Anders (left) and Christian back on the ground after their game of beach volleyball 215 feet highAnders (left) and Christian back on the ground after their game of beach volleyball 215 feet high

The confident Scandinavians, currently in 10th place in the world rankings, missed out on a place at last season’s World Championships in Vienna. However the youngsters are now eyeing success when they return to the city for the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch in August.

“The Austrian fans are amazing, we had our breakthrough tournament here in Klagenfurt in 2016 and we’re looking forward to come to Vienna,” said Christian, who hadn’t even told his parents he was heading towards the clouds such was the undercover nature of the project.

“We’ve had a good season so far – we’ve already reached one target of winning a medal. If we practise hard and work on our game then we want to aim for a gold medal.”

To get a feeling for the scale of the photoshoot, watch the clip below, which gives the perspective from the players’ point of view.

Beach volleyball in the sky - from the players' perspective 😵 #ViennaMajor @clemensdoppler @alexhorst10 @andybmol @christiansorum @a1telekom @swatch @redbull @seat_at @viennatouristboard

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