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

2018-07-14 19:08:00 CEST

Historic Vikings conquer Gstaad

Mol and Sørum became the youngest players to win a Beach Major Series event in Gstaad

Anders Mol and Christian Sørum pose with the Gstaad Major trophyAnders Mol and Christian Sørum pose with the Gstaad Major trophy

History was written in the Swiss Alps of Gstaad as Norway’s Anders Mol and Christian Sørum became the youngest duo to ever win a Beach Volleyball Major Series event as they took home the iconic cowbells after a straight-set (21-18, 21-12) victory over Spanish Pablo Herrera and Adrián Gavira.

“This whole week has been a fairy tale for us,” Sørum said after the game. “It was a dream to win and take the cowbells home and I can’t believe we did it. It’s unreal”

Mol, 21, and Sørum, 22, gave their country a gold medal in the World Tour for the first time since July 1998, when Vegard Hoidalen and Jorre Kjemperud prevailed in Berlin, Germany.

“It’s been too long since a Norwegian team has been at the hop,” Mol added. “We’re just so happy to take our country back there.”

The energy and physicality of the Beach Volleyball Vikings was too much for the veteran Spaniards, who were dreaming with a gold medal in their 100th World Tour tournament together.  

Mol’s blocking was the difference in the gold medal match as the Norwegians built an early 9-5 advantage in the first set and kept it until the end to win 21-18. In the second set, the blocker’s dominance at the net led to an 11-6 advantage and the Spanish had no answers to the Norwegian, who won 21-12.

In the bronze medal match, Italians Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo came back from an early deficit to turn things around and defeat Americans Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb 2-1 (17-21, 21-16, 20-18) to win their second medal in the Beach Major Series in 2018 following a silver in Fort Lauderdale back in March.

“My side out wasn’t good first set and it got a little better in the second,” Nicolai said after the match. “Daniele played amazing defense that was the key for us to win. It’s great to be in the podium here in Gstaad, which is to me the best pale to play volleyball. We’re proud to get the cowbells as we’ll try to defend our European title next week.”

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