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

Beach Shorts

10.01.2020 - Vienna, Austria

The week in the sands of the world

Welcome to the second 2020 edition of Beach Shorts. We’re just fresh from the holidays, but don’t forget this in an Olympic year and thing will escalate fast when the World Tour season is up and running.

This week we had important news about how the Japanese Federation will select the country’s teams to the Olympics, a new coach for Samoilovs and Smedins and Swiss star Anouk Vergé-Dépré taking a challenge to another level.

Hop on and know all you need about beach volleyball for the week:

Japan announces Olympic trials

As the host country of this year’s Olympics, Japan is guaranteed a team in each gender of the beach volleyball tournament and the Japanese national federation announced the system that will determine which duos will occupy those spots. The country will run Olympic trials from May 23-24 which will have the six best-ranked women’s teams battling in Tokyo and the six men’s tandems with the most points clashing in Osaka. Both tournaments will be run in double elimination system.

Samoilovs and Smedins enter 2020 with a new coach

The Latvian duo of Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins returned to work in 2020 under new leadership as the team is now coached by veteran Italian Marco Solustri. The former World Tour player has coached duos from Italy, Germany, Russia, Austria and Japan and was recently working with Adrian Carambula and Enrico Rossi.

World Tour moves to Oceania

The first event of the 2020 World Tour calendar is currently running in Iran, but the competition will move to Oceania next week as the Cook Islands will host their first-ever event, a men-only one-star tournament, from January 14-17. A total of 19 teams from nine different countries will compete for the medals in the first-ever event held in the continent outside Australia.

Social Media: Anouk’s life-risking skills in display

Several European beach volleyball players engaged this week in the #VolleyballSkillChallenge campaign, promoted by the continent’s Federation. No one, however, took it as seriously as Swiss star Anouk Vergé-Dépré, who, what can we say, put training partner’s Esmee Boebner’s life on the line to get it done.

In case you missed it

The Brazilian dominoes have fallen again

Brouwer and Meeuwsen start 2020 with a gold medal


See you next week!