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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

Welcome to the Beach Volleyball Major Series

 

Serve, dig, spike, repeat…

 

The Beach Volleyball Major Series in the business of making beach volleyball big – on and off the sand – and that goal doesn’t just stop when the sun goes down.

Together with our partner Red Bull, we blend world-class action from the stars of the game with unrivalled courtside entertainment and high-class VIP hospitality.

We’ve been bringing the beach to millions of fans around the globe since 2015, inside stadiums at iconic locations and through inventive digital channels. And the result? Goosebump moments that stay with our fans, guests and players forever.

Our tournaments are strengthening the sport’s popularity beyond the Olympics.

 

How it all began

 

The 2018 season marked the fourth instalment of the Beach Volleyball Major Series, which has its roots deep in Austria, rising out of a joint venture between Red Bull and ACTS.

Red Bull, established in the 1980s by Dietrich Mateschitz, is one of the world’s most famous brands, with its direct marketing focusing on sports and lifestyle, while the ACTS Group – an event marketing and communications agency – was founded in 1990 by another Austrian entrepreneur, Hannes Jagerhofer.

The two forces created the Beach Volleyball Major Series in 2015 with the aim of taking beach volleyball to the next level – and to achieve the vision of establishing the sport as a multimedia sport-entertainment event for athletes, fan and partners.

 

The story so far

 

Together with title sponsor Swatch, in it's first year, 2015, athletes and fans got a first glimpse of what the series had to offer with tournaments in Poreč in Croatia, Gstaad in Switzerland and Stavanger in Norway before the first ever World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale, USA.

The 2016 season packed an even bigger punch as four tournament stops - in Hamburg, Poreč, Gstaad and Klagenfurt, Austria - wowed passionate crowds before the World Tour Finals in Toronto in September saw the season end in style. 

The series continued to go from strength to strength, and the 2017 season took in stops at four locations, in the United States – returning to Fort Lauderdale, the scene of the 2015 World Tour Finals – plus Poreč and Gstaad. After it’s success as a Major stop the previous season, Hamburg hosted the World Tour Finals. It didn’t disappoint, as capacity crowds roared on home favorites and Olympic Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst to victory, sparking wild scenes of celebration. The 2017 season also saw the Beach Majors Company responsible for the organization of the awe-inspiring World Championships, held in Vienna where almost 200,000 fans packed the Danube Island for 10 days of beach volleyball bliss.

In 2018, all existing tournament formats were again improved and Danube Island hosted a Vienna Major for the first time. The other two majors took place again in the USA and Switzerland, and Hamburg was selected as the venue for the prestigious finals for the second time. With such great success that in 2019 the World Championships moved into the Hanseatic city - with the Beach Majors Company as organizer and with tens of thousands of fans. The traditional stops in Gstaad and Vienna were once again part of the Beach Volleyball Major Series, which will continue to focus fully on the DACH market in 2020: Gstaad, Vienna and Hamburg - the majors are coming!