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

21.02.2020 - Vienna, Austria

The week in the sands of the world

Welcome to another edition of Beach Shorts, your beach volleyball weekly column here at After a week of break, the World Tour is back with a two-star event in Cambodia that features a few familiar faces.

We also bring to you news about the postponement of the four-star event that was scheduled to happen in Yangzhou, China, in April, and information about the American country-quota for the men-only tournament in Doha, next month, which happened in California.

There we go!

Men compete in Cambodia

After a one-week break, the World Tour is back in the same country of its latest event as Cambodia hosts a men-only, two-star tournament in Phnom Penh. A total of 53 teams from 22 countries are entered in the tournament, including Olympians as Italy’s Alex Ranghieri and Poland’s Mariusz Prudel, indoor Olympic champion David Lee of the USA and the recently-crowned Asian champions Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann of Australia.

World Tour event in Yangzhou postponed

The FIVB announced the postponement of the double-gender four-star event in Yangzhou, China, which was supposed help from April 22-26 due to the coronavirus outbreak in region. The event, which was part of the Olympic qualification process for Tokyo 2020 will no longer have this role as it’s going to be rescheduled for a period after the Games.

Allen and Slick guaranteed in Doha

Veterans Billy Allen and Stafford Slick booked their tickets to the four-star event in Doha from March 8-13 after they prevailed in the American country-quota, which was played in Manhattan Beach, California, on Thursday. The team, which shocked the world by knocking Brazilians Evandro Gonçalves and Bruno Schmidt out of last year’s World Championships, came out on top of the three-team playoff, which also included Theo Brunner/Miles Evans and Chaim Schalk/Chase Budinger.

Social Media: Not a bad office for the Dutch

As several of their European counterparts, Dutch Marleen van Iersel and Joy Stubbe are currently in Tenerife, Spain, preparing for the upcoming season. They were privileged to work with an unbelievable background, weren’t they?


See you next week!