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

Fairytale gold for Mel & Sarah

04.08.2019 - Vienna

Another title for the World Champs!

After a rain delay postponed yesterday’s women’s final, Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan needed to search for and book new flights back home to Canada. After six weeks on the road playing beach volleyball, it wasn’t the ideal preparation for a gold medal match for the World Champions.

However, it was worth the wait and worth the late-night stress after a third gold medal in the space a month was confirmed after a straight sets triumph over Brazilians Carol Solberg Salgado and Maria Antonelli on the Red Bull Beach Arena.

“To win it today, in this beautiful stadium in the beautiful weather is a fairytale ending for sure,” said defender Humana-Paredes.”

Having won the World Championships in Hamburg the pair then jetted back to home sand to play in front of family and friends in Edmonton and rewarded their fans with the three-star gold.

And now, after their victory over the Brazilians in Austria, the duo hope they can finally appreciate the success that has come their way in recent months.

“I’m not sure when what we have accomplished will sink in,” said Melissa. “In the last six weeks we haven’t had much of a chance to think about what we’ve done. Now we can celebrate with our loved ones, take a break for our mind, body and soul and be proud of everything.”

Sarah, who dominated at the net throughout the tournament – even successfully landing a block point with her head in the final – echoed her teammates thoughts.

“We got better and better as the tournament went on,” said the blocker. “The women’s field is so deep that winning a gold medal is tough. After a six-week stretch playing and to win three gold medals and completing our Major Series trifecta, it doesn’t get much better.”

The winners also paid tribute to the legion of Austrian fans who flocked to the Red Bull Beach Arena on Sunday.

“Vienna is amazing,” said Sarah. “The fans come here to support all of the teams, it’s a tradition here. The Austrians love to party and we love it. It’s awesome to play here and for those fans cheering for Canada. The energy and dancing definitely gets us fired up on court.”