2017-11-21 10:00:00 CEST
Where and when the beach elite will be hitting the sand next year confirmed!
The wait is over and we can finally reveal the eagerly anticipated Beach Volleyball Major Series calendar for 2018!
The world’s best beach volleyball stars will return to the sand next year for more digging, diving, serving and spiking and goosebumps are guaranteed as the series returns for its fourth installment.
Newly crowned World Champions and Olympic heroes from 2016 will fight for the highest prize money and ranking points on the FIVB World Tour in what promises to be yet another special season on the sand.
Fun in the sun in Florida will kick-off the new beach volleyball season, with the Fort Lauderdale Major returning to the United States for a second successive season between February 27 and March 4.
Last year’s tournament saw Brazil claim gold in both the men’s and women’s competitions, but can Alvaro De Morais Filho and Saymon Barbosa Santos and Larissa Maestrini and Talita Antunes make it back-to-back Fort Lauderdale titles?
The tour returns in July when the beach makes its annual pilgrimage 1,000 meters above sea level to the picturesque setting high in the Swiss Alps to Gstaad. Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena and Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude, of Germany, will be aiming be retain their titles of the kings and queens of the mountains after triumphing last season, when the tournament returns between July 10-15.
The biggest news of the calendar is that beach volleyball will stay in the Austrian capital, Vienna, in 2018! Following the huge success of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships last year – which saw 170,000 fans turn out in force – a Vienna Major will run from July 31 until August 5 and take place on the iconic Danube Island.
The curtain on another breathtaking season on the beach will then come down with the World Tour Finals. The location and dates of the final tournament of 2018 will be confirmed in due course – so watch this space!
Beach Majors Series calendar details:
February 27 – March 4: Fort Lauderdale, USA
July 10-15: Gstaad, Switzerland
July 31 – August 5: Vienna, Austria
August 14-19: World Tour Finals – TBD
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