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

2018-05-22 15:40:00 CEST

The silver Vikings

Anders Mol and Christian Sørum took Norway to a World Tour final for the first time in eight years

Anders Mol and Christian Sørum won their first medal together in Brazil (Photocredit: FIVB)Anders Mol and Christian Sørum won their first medal together in Brazil (Photocredit: FIVB)

The Beach Volleyball Vikings keep raising the Norwegian flag in the World Tour. After two teams took the country to the semifinals again after six years last season in Portugal, Anders Mol and Christian Sørum took another step forward as they won the silver medal in the four-star event in Itapema, Brazil, last weekend.

It was the first time Norway competed in a World Tour final since Tarjei Skarlund and Martin Spinnangr won silver in the home soil of Stavanger in 2010. The accomplishment of the 22-year-old Sørum and the 20-year-old Mol was the highlight of the Brazilian tournament.

“It was amazing,” Mol, who received the World Tour Rookie of the Year award in 2017, said. “It couldn’t have been better. It was a huge experience to go through in Brazil for the first time.”

Sølv smaker bra 🥈 #vikingsontour #onlythebeginning

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The tournament in Brazil indeed developed into a real test for the Norwegians’ nerves as they were thrown in a packed center court not once, but twice to play against local teams in medal matches.

In the semifinals, Mol and Sørum prevailed over Guto Carvalhaes and Vitor Felipe, but world champions Evandro Goncalves and Andre Loyola were just too much for them in the gold medal match on Sunday.

“It was two Norwegian guys playing against thousands of Brazilians,” Mol added. “They were cheering for every point and when we got a point it was totally silent. We just had to get into our own bubble and not think about it at all.”

The silver medal won in Brazil was the best result for the young players so far in the World Tour. Playing together since last year, Sørum, a two-time Youth European champion, a Mol, a bronze medalist in the two-star event in Portugal last year, have registered a pair of fifth-place finishes in the Hague and Xiamen earlier in the season.

💥 SILVER IT IS!! 🥈🎉😍 . What just happened!? 🙈 Thank you so much to everyone who followed us through this tournament, this is only the beginning 🤩 Had so much fun playing here in Itapema, amazing experience! . . #trusttheprocess #onlythebeginning #silver #voleidepraia #beachvolleyvikings #vikingsontour #vikings #BeachVolleyball

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For them, after the first medal together, the dream of winning many more in the World Tour seems to be in reach.

“This was our goal for the season, to grab a medal in a Beach Major Series event or a four-star,” Sørum commented. “As we already did it once, now we know what it’s like and we’ll be better prepared when we are in that same spot again.”

Congratulations, guys!

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