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 Vienna Major gold for Vikings

04.08.2019 - Vienna

Norway’s Anders Mol and Christian Sørum win… again!

There is no stopping Anders Mol and Christian Sørum in their quest for global beach volleyball domination as the Norwegians won their seventh gold medal of yet another sensational season and their second A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch title.

Last season’s champions and world number ones maintained their irresistible form on the Danube Island by taking a third successive gold medal on the FIVB World Tour, following their victories at the Swatch Major Gstaad and the Tokyo four-star event.

The Vikings, who won bronze at the World Championships last month, gave experienced Brazilians Álvaro Filho and reigning Olympic champion Alison Cerutti no chance in the final, winning 21-11, 21-17 in front of a packed Red Bull Beach Arena.

Victory for Mol, 22, and 23-year-old Sørum also made it 20 successive wins in a row on the World Tour for the Scandinavians who now head to Moscow to defend the European title they won 12 months ago.

“It’s incredible, we’re running out of words to describe how we feel but it’s another gold at a tournament that we love,” said blocker Anders. “To win here once was a dream but to win it back-to-back is just insane.”

Christian, who was saving everything in defense, added: “It’s been a long, hard season and we are playing some of the best teams in the world and it just feels incredible to keep winning and maintaining our high levels. We love Vienna, the atmosphere and the fans is just amazing, so do win again caps a brilliant few weeks for us.”

Despite the loss, silver medalists Alison and Álvaro were happy to have left the Danube Island with something to show for their efforts – their fourth medal of their partnership.

“They’ve been the best team in the world for the last year and it’s important for us to play them,” Alison said. “The last time I had played them was one year ago and it’s impressive how much better they’ve got.

“They’re young, but very calm and they know when to change their strategy, which is not usual for players of their age. I feel liked we didn’t play as well as we could in the final, but it’s a big opportunity for us to learn and improve.”   

The bronze medal went the way of Polish pair Grzegorz Fijalek and Michal Bryl who needed three sets to stave off the threat of legendary American pair Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, winning 21-17, 17-21, 15-11.

It’s continental and national tours next for the beach elite, whose next World Tour assignment comes in the shape of the four-star event in Moscow in two week’s time.

The Majors Series will return in 2020, but until then, remember, goosebumps don’t lie.