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

2018-07-01 19:59:00 CEST

Third time is a charm for Heather and Brandie

After winning bronze and silver in the World Tour, the Canadians claimed their first gold in Warsaw

Brandie and Heather topped the podium in their 15th World Tour tournament together (Photocredit: FIVB)Brandie and Heather topped the podium in their 15th World Tour tournament together (Photocredit: FIVB)

Progress has come literally step-by-step for Canadians Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson in the beach volleyball World Tour. After winning bronze and silver medals in the last two tournaments they played at, the Canadian duo raised the last step and claimed gold in the four-star event in Warsaw, Poland, this weekend.

It was the first gold medal for both athletes, who played in just 15 international tournaments together starting in late 2016, and it came in the country’s national holiday named Canada Day. For Brandie, it was an even more special day as she was also celebrating her 26th birthday.

To top the podium, the Canadians defeated Germans Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude in straight sets (21-17, 21-17) in the gold medal match. Brazilians Agatha Bednarczuk and Duda Lisboa claimed bronze after a two-set victory (21-17, 21-18) over Americans Brittany Hochevar and Kelly Claes.

“It feels great! It’s so exciting! I am still processing,” Heather commented after the final. “It was a battle. We expected a tough match. It went back and forth for a little while, but I am proud of the way we kept our heads down, we kept pushing, working hard and fighting all the way to the end.”

Mama got me a gold necklace for my birthday 😝🥇 @heatherbansley #bestbirthdayever #golden

622 Likes, 50 Comments - Brandie Wilkerson (@bvuilleumier) on Instagram: "Mama got me a gold necklace for my birthday 😝🥇 @heatherbansley #bestbirthdayever #golden"

Kantor and Losiak win at home

In the men’s tournament, world ranking leaders Bartosz Losiak and Piotr Kantor made the most of their home-court advantage to climb all the way to the top of the podium. In the final, they needed three sets (27-29, 21-13, 15-12) to take down the new Brazilian team of Evandro Goncalves and Vitor Felipe.

It was the second World Tour gold medal to the Polish, who first topped the podium in Rio de Janeiro, in 2016.

“We’ve been waiting for this second gold medal for two years and to get it at home is special,” Losiak commented. “The fans were amazing pushing us and we are happy we could win this one for them.”

Kantor and Losiak are the first Polish team to win a World Tour event at home (Photocredit: FIVB)Kantor and Losiak are the first Polish team to win a World Tour event at home (Photocredit: FIVB)

Latvians Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins took home the bronze medal after another three-set match (21-18, 18-21, 17-15) in which they prevailed over the Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen.

The World Tour continues next week with a four-star tournament in Espinho, Portugal, and a pair of one-star tournaments in Anapa, Russia, and Poreč, Croatia. These will be the last tournaments before the Beach Major Series resumes with the Swatch Major Gstaad from July 10-15. 

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