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

2018-05-09 12:36:00 CEST

Kira teams up with Körtzinger

Olympic champ finds a partner for the 2018 season

Kira (right) will be playing as a defender with Leonie Körtzinger this summerKira (right) will be playing as a defender with Leonie Körtzinger this summer

Watch out, there’s an Olympic champion back on the court for the summer season! Kira Walkenhorst has revealed she will return to the sand and has found a teammate in the process.

With regular teammate Laura Ludwig on a ‘baby break’ and due to give birth in June, Kira has waited until she returned to full fitness from hip and shoulder surgery.

Kira’s new partner is rising star Leonie Körtzinger. The 21-year-old is, like Kira, a blocker but already has FIVB World Tour experience, which has included an excellent fourth place finish in the one-star tournament in Shepparton, Australia, last season with Sandra Seyfferth.

Together with Sandra, Leonie won a stop in the smart Beach Cup back in July but she will continue to play as a blocker with Kira moving back into defense to experience a different view of the sport she has won all there is to win in beach volleyball.

Good luck girls and who knows, we still might see you on the Major Series this summer!

Below, Leonie celebrates with Sandra at the German Cup stop in Sankt Peter-Ording.

🥇 #gold #myfirst #sodamnhappy #celebrate🎉 #stpeterording #smartbeachtour #smart #skytv #beachvolleyball #volleylove❤️🏐

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