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

Be creative, stay active!

24.03.2020 - Vienna, Austria

Even during challenging times, beach volleyball players are still finding ways to take care of their bodies

Are you finding challenging to remain fit with all the restriction we all have to face during these difficult days? We understand, it’s complicated to keep you form without the daily runs to the gym or those refreshing seafront walks, right?

All of it is true and even more to beach volleyball players, who are used to a huge workload of physical activity every single day, but being the amazing people we know they are, they are finding ways to go around all their current limitations. It doesn’t matter if you want pull some weight or just to play some ball, get inspired by them and see that it’s possible to stay fit even in these complicated social distancing days.

Rio 2016 Olympic silver medalist Bárbara Seixas is a privileged. Married to one of the best beach volleyball coaches in the planet, Rico, she’s been able to put up some reps, even if in very limited space inside their apartment.

One could say the McNamara twins Megan and Nicole are even luckier. They partner one another, so it’s not only possible, but probably tempting, to get that daily peppering done either at the beach or in their backyard.

American star April Ross proved that not having a partner or a coach in the same house is no reason to just sit on the couch. With a little bit of creativity – and tons of talent -, you can turn inanimate objects into opponents and still get your training session done.

If you are more into weightlifting, finding equipment to work out could be tough, but if you are creative and look around, there’s probably something there you could use to help. That’s what Austrians Katharina Schützenhöfer and Lena Plesiutsching have been doing lately.

If you are desperate enough – and are willing to be careful enough -, you can follow Chaim Schalk’s footsteps and use of the most unlikely items as training equipment. Ten-month-old Koa worked just fine as a kettlebell for the Canadian-American defender, didn’t she?


Stay safe....and active!