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

2018-08-04 13:13:00 CEST

Gold would be a dream

Czech stars storm in to second Major final

Bara and Maki celebrate their place in the finalBara and Maki celebrate their place in the final

Barbora Hermannová and Marketa Sluková are setting their sights on a first Beach Major Series gold after they booked their ticket in the final of the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch.

The Czech stars gained revenge on experienced Brazilians Carol Solberg and Maria Antonelli with a breathtaking display on the Red Bull Beach Arena after losing to their opponents in the pool play earlier in the week.

It’s the European’s first Major Series final since last season’s Poreč Major when they won silver in the final against Canadians Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes.

“It’s the one thing missing - a Major gold,” said Barbora after their semifinal triumph. “To win here would be a dream. The set-up is amazing, the fans are incredible and it’s most local Major tournament.

“We’ve been playing really well lately so to get to the final is an amazing feeling.”

The team also have extra reason to succeed on the Danube Island – their coach Simon Nausch – hails from Austria.

“We have a lot of friends and family here watching, and of course Simon as a lot of friends here,” says Marketa. “Our tactics meetings are often interrupted by people coming up to him and talking to him!

“It would mean a lot for us to win gold here. That’s the aim, as it always is. We’ve never won a Major Series tournament so now is our time!”

The pair will meet another Brazilian team in the final, taking on Barbara/Fernanda the Fort Lauderdale Major champions, after their win over Meppelink/Keizer in the second semifinal.

Watch the women’s gold medal match live on BeachStream at 5.15pm CEST.

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