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

2017-07-08 16:27:00 CEST

Canada clinch a cowbell!

Swiss hopes dashed by clinical Canadians

Sarah and Mel have won their second medal in a weekSarah and Mel have won their second medal in a week

Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes stopped the Swiss winning a cowbell on home sand and won their second Major Series medal in the space of seven days in the process.

This time last week the Canadians were crowned Poreč Major champions following their win over Czech pair Barbora Hermannová and Marketa Sluková. And on packed Center Court high in the Swiss Alps, the North Americans crushed Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich to win the bronze medal in Gstaad.

Following their epic 66-minute semifinal epic against Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude, the Swiss were clearly feeling the heat and struggled to put the Canadians under pressure.

With Humana-Paredes covering every grain of sand at the back of the court and Pavan doing the business at the net, the Canadians were always in control and cruised to a 21-15, 21-12 victory to earn bronze – Canada’s only second medal in 18 Gstaad tournaments.

Having secured yet another medal, their third on the World Tour in the past two months, Pavan is now eyeing World Championship glory in Vienna.

“We wanted a cowbell and we have earned one,” said a delighted Pavan. “I’m so proud of our team because this morning we didn’t play well but we came back after a short break.

“I’m excited of how far this team can go. We want to win tournaments and medals so we’re going to have a bullseye on our back now.

“We’ve had a great two weeks and it’s perfect for preparation for the World Championships because  we want to be on the podium there.”

Vergé-Dépré, said on her fourth place: “At the beginning of the game we had some break points that we didn’t put down and perhaps if we had it would be been a different story.”

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