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

World Champions reach another final

03.08.2019 - Vienna

Melissa and Sarah turn on the style in Vienna

The men’s World Champions might have bitten the dust earlier in the day but the newly-crowned women’s champs are on a roll at the Danube Island as Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan stormed into the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch gold medal match.

After their stunning victory in Hamburg last month the Canadians remain on course to complete a Hamburg-Vienna double after storming to a semi-final victory over Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk and Duda Lisboa on the Red Bull Beach Arena.

Melissa and Sarah combined all of their skills to record a straight sets win, with the perfect block-defense game to stop a run of successive defeats against their Brazilian opponents.

“Everything came together well today, they are a tough team so we are delighted to win and thrilled to be in the final,” said Sarah.

“We’ve had a long time on the road traveling and we said that we wanted to win this tournament. We have never won a medal in Vienna so now we have – and we want it to be gold but it’s not going to be easy.”

The duo will face another Brazilian team in team in the final in their quest for gold, taking on Maria Antonelli and Carol Solberg after they beat Talita and Taiana in the previous semi-final.

“We just hope they are a bit tired!” joked Melissa – the Brazilians lost a second set 35-37 to their South American rivals. “We have played them a few times this season and we know how good they are.

“However, we’re just looking forward to another final. We can’t wait.”

The final takes place on the Red Bull Beach Arena at 6pm CEST.