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

Back-to-back Major finals for Carol and Maria

03.08.2019 - Vienna, Austria

After taking silver in Gstaad, the Brazilians are back in contention for the gold in Vienna

Carolina Salgado and Maria Elisa Antonelli will be back in a Beach Major Series final for the second time in just three weeks as the Brazilians, who claimed silver in Gstaad, advanced to the gold medal match of the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch.

Carol and Maria Antonelli, who started their campaigns at the Danube Island in the qualifier on Tuesday, won their seventh-straight match in the Austrian capital, an All-Brazilian semi-final match-up with Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima 21-16, 35-37, 15-13, to guarantee a medal in the tournament after leaving empty-handed in 2018, when they finished fourth.

“It’s great to have these results at this time of the year because that’s how we planned our preparation”, Maria said. “After being on the road for six weeks and missing our families, to get to the final here is really rewarding. We saw a lot of teams so tired over the week and just wanting to go home, but all we wanted was to be playing until the very last match and that shows how strong we are.”

Carol and Maria had to deal with a tough 37-35 loss in the longest set of the tournament but came back to reverse a 7-4 disadvantage in the tie-breaker to take the match.

“It was exhausting, I can barely walk right now,” the defender added. “But every time I looked to my side I’d see the fire on Carol’s eyes and there was no way I would slow down. We really pushed it each other on this match.”  

The Brazilians had met just two weeks ago in a very different situation, though, as they faced off at the country-quota of the four-star event in Espinho, when Talita and Taiana came out of on top and sent Carol and Maria packing way too early. Now, it was their turn.

“It’s always that crazy with us Brazilians,” Carol added. “We’ve been battling on country-quotas and today one of us would be in the final and it could absolutely either of us because they’re an amazing team. Sometimes it seems unfair when we lose a country-quota and miss the tournament and it’s tough to handle it, but that just makes us stronger.”