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

2018-05-13 16:46:00 CEST

Early glory for Crabb & Mayer

The recently-formed American team won the World Tour three-star event in Switzerland

Playing with his third different partner in 2018, Trevor Crabb won his first-ever World Tour medal in Lucerne (Photocredit: FIVB)Playing with his third different partner in 2018, Trevor Crabb won his first-ever World Tour medal in Lucerne (Photocredit: FIVB)

It didn’t take much for the new team of Trevor Crabb and John Mayer to celebrate their first title. Playing just their second tournament together, the Americans won the World Tour three-star tournament in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Sunday.

Crabb, who split with Sean Rosenthal earlier in the season, and Mayer had a comfortable 21-10, 21-16 victory over Serbia’s Stefan Basta and Lazar Kolaric in the gold medal match in Switzerland. The local team of Mirco Gerson and Adrian Heidrich claimed bronze after a 21-19, 21-13 win against Indonesia’s Candra Rachmawan and Mohammad Ashfiya.

In the women’s tournament, Australia’s Taliqua Clany and Mariafe Artacho took the gold home. The runners-up of the 2018 Commonwealth Games prevailed over China’s Fan Wang and Xinyi Xia in straight sets (21-12, 21-18). USA’s Emily Stockman and Kelley Larsen also stepped in the podium following a 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 15-9) triumph over the Netherlands’ Joy Stubbe and Marleen van Iersel.

Beach Volleyball on Twitter

Happy #Lucerne winners Artacho and Clancy of Australia upon bagging their third gold on the #BeachWorldTour

All-Japanese podium in Vietnam

In the women-only one-star event in Tuan Chau Island, Vietnam, Japanese teams occupied all three spots available in the podium. Suzuka Hashimoto and Sayaka Mizoe won gold after a three-set (25-23, 18-21, 15-13) victory over Minori Kumada and Yui Nagata. Kaho Sakaguchi and Yukako Suzuki finished third as they defeated Israel’s Noy Chorin and Sofia Starikovm also 2-1 (21-18, 17-21, 15-13).

Beach Volleyball on Twitter

It was a podium sweep for Japan 🇯🇵 at Tuan Chau Island! Recap how the final day in Vietnam went: #BeachWorldTour

The World Tour will have two more events happening this week with a four-star tournament taking place in Itapema, Brazil, and a one-star competition being played in Aydin, Turkey, from May 17 to 20.

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