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 17:29:00 CEST

Germany grab Gstaad Major glory

Laboureur/Sude are the champions of the mountains

Laboureur/Sude celebrate clinching Gstaad Major goldLaboureur/Sude celebrate clinching Gstaad Major gold

Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude of Germany stormed to Gstaad Major success and denied Brazilians Larissa Franca Maestrini and Talita Da Rocha Antunes a third successive title.

The Europeans lost in the quarterfinals in 2016, but they made no mistake this year – securing gold and a USD 40,000 payday with a brilliant 21-18, 22-20 victory in front of a packed Center Court crowd.

Reigning champions Larissa and Talita were aiming to become the first team in history to win the same Swatch Major Series title on the spin. However, the South Americans were unable to live with their in-form opponents who have quickly established themselves as the number one team from Germany.

Chantal and Julia, who won bronze in the Fort Lauderdale Major earlier in the season, had never beaten Larissa and Talita in their four previous meetings – but it took the Germans just 39 minutes to change that statistic and lift the coveted golden cowbell, one of the most unique trophies in beach volleyball.

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And the winner is πŸ‘‰ Germany πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ’ͺGreat job, Laboureur/Sude πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ vs Larissa/Talita πŸ‡§πŸ‡· - 21:18 / 22:20 #Gstaadmajor @FIVBBeach @TeamGER_Volley

“We had never beaten them before, so to do it in this amazing tournament makes me so happy,” said 27-year-old Laboureur.

“I was so happy to see the final ball drop and for sure we’re going to enjoy this moment.”

Sude, 29, added: “Finally we’ve won a cowbell! I can’t believe we won the gold medal because it’s a very big success for us.”

Silver medalist Talita, 34, said: “It’s not the result we wanted but we’re still happy to have got to the final. We made too many mistakes and they played better than us.

“However, we can be happy to be the final again in such an amazing place.” 

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