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

2019-01-10 11:00:00 CEST

Sude swaps Chantal for Borger

The sweep of change in German beach volleyball continues

Julia (left) and Karla have eyes on Olympic qualification after agreeing a new partnership. Photo: Tom BlochJulia (left) and Karla have eyes on Olympic qualification after agreeing a new partnership. Photo: Tom Bloch

The domino effect of Kira Walkenhorst’s retirement from beach volleyball has continued with the news that Julia Sude will leave teammate Chantal Laboureur and join forces with Karla Borger for the Olympic run for Tokyo 2020.

Sude and Laboureur enjoyed five strong years together on the sand, memorably winning their first gold medal at the 2016 Poreč Major. The pair then won a golden cowbell at the Gstaad Major in 2017. Their partnership ends with the team sitting sixth in the FIVB World Rankings.

With Maggie Kozuch partnering reigning Olympic and World Champion Laura Ludwig following Walkenhorst’s sad and premature departure from the beach, 30-year-old Borger jumped at the chance to play alongside childhood friend Sude.

“We used to play together in the sand as kids when we were out and about with beach volleyball with our parents, so it was finally time for us to come together as experienced players as a solid team,” said Borger, who won World Championship silver in 2013 with Britte Büthe.

The new duo are no strangers to each other on the sand having twice played in tournaments together at a young age, winning bronze at the European Under-23 Championships in Russia in 2009.

Sude added: “I am looking forward to the new adventure and, in addition to the Olympic qualification, we have the sporting goal of establishing ourselves in the top five in the world.”

The new team will be led by Julia’s father, Burkhard, known in Germany as ‘Mr Volleyball’. Borger/Sude have already begun training and are planning to make their World Tour debut at the four-star tournament in Xiamen in April.

As the news was released to the media, the future of Laboureur – who learned of the shake-up on her 29th birthday – remains uncertain but has vowed not to give up on reaching Tokyo next year.

“Julia told me a few days ago their decision and I cannot really understand the decision to split,” said the defender, who won eight gold medals with Sude on the World Tour. “In my opinion, we had great potential to achieve joint top results at this year's World Championships and the 2020 Olympics.

“It all came very suddenly. I'll think hard about how to move on. Anyone who knows me knows I'm a fighter, and I will not just give up on the dream of the Olympics.”

Julia and Chantal won the Gstaad Major in 2017Julia and Chantal won the Gstaad Major in 2017

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