2018-05-04 16:00:00 CET

Beach Shorts

Beach Shorts: The week in the sands of the world

Huntington Beach hosts a four-star tournament this week (Photocredit: FIVB)Huntington Beach hosts a four-star tournament this week (Photocredit: FIVB)

Beach volleyball fans, fasten your seat belts because the weekend will be intense. Several tournaments take place in different locations around the globe in the next few days and your weekly column Beach Shorts keeps you on top of each of them.

Check out what we have for you this Friday:

A busy weekend in the World Tour

There will be a lot of beach volleyball action around the globe in what is expected to be the busiest weekend of the World Tour history. Tournaments will be simultaneously happening in Huntington Beach, USA (four-star), Mersin, Turkey (three-star), Phnom Penh, Cambodia (two-star) and Manila, Philippines (one-star), with 54 countries represented and 323 men's and women's teams competing in the four different locations.

Italian star Marta Menegatti is one of the players competing in Mersin (Photocredit: FIVB)Italian star Marta Menegatti is one of the players competing in Mersin (Photocredit: FIVB)

American college season comes to an end

But the World Tour event in Huntington Beach won’t be the only meaningful tournament happening in the United States as the women’s college season is set to end with the National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship taking place in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Eight universities will compete for the title with 23 international players representing their countries in the event.

NCAA Volleyball on Twitter

The 2018 Beach Volleyball Bracket! #NCAABeachVB ☀️🏖🏐

A break for Ben O’Dea

Shortly after winning the bronze medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games alongside his brother Sam, New Zealand’s Ben O’Dea will have a forced break as the 25-year-old player will undergo a surgery on his shoulder because of an injury. We wish you a quick return, Ben!

Ben O'Dea will have shoulder surgery and will be out for some time (Photocredit: FIVB)Ben O'Dea will have shoulder surgery and will be out for some time (Photocredit: FIVB)

Social Media: Samoilovs & Smedins

One of the teams competing in Huntington Beach this weekend, the Latvian duo of Samoilovs and Smedins found an interesting way to integrate the iconic Californian pier in one of their warm-up drills.

🌅 M O R N I N G W A R M U P 🌅Just a regular pepper at Huntington Beach pier. One day till our first game. It's gonna be huge event. First time @fivbvolleyball cooperating with @avpbeach Come and cheer for us if you are in California 💪🏼🏐

746 Likes, 24 Comments - Aleksandrs Samoilovs (@samoilovs) on Instagram: "🌅 M O R N I N G W A R M U P 🌅Just a regular pepper at Huntington Beach pier. One day till our..."

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See you next week!

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