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

Comeback Queens turn silver into gold in Gstaad

14.07.2019 - Gstaad

April Ross and Alix Klineman take the first Major title of the 2019 season in the Swiss Alps

Comeback Queens of the Mountains April Ross and Alix Klineman secured Swatch Major Gstaad gold to add to their silver medal won at last week’s World Championships in Hamburg.

The American duo eventually saw off the challenge of Brazilians Maria Antonelli and Carolina Solberg Salgado 15-21, 21-17, 15-12 in a thrilling three-set affair on the Gstaadium court 1,050 meters above sea level and net 40,000 US Dollars in prize money.

Losing the first set has been a typical theme for the A-Team in the Swiss Alps, as in four of their seven matches they have trailed in matches. However, they have chosen nerves of steel to bounce back and claim victory.

Maria and Carolina established a lead by winning the opening set, but true to form April and Alix hit back to win the final two sets to give the team their first ever cowbell as a team.

After scooping silver at the World Championships just six days ago, it’s not been a bad week for the Americans.

In the bronze medal match, Ana Patricia Ramos and Rebecca Cavalcanti claimed the final spot on the podium, denying Swiss dreams of a cowbell as Nina Betschart and Tanja Hüberli finished fourth for the second tournament running.