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

Slowly getting back to the sand

28.04.2020 - Vienna, Austria

As some countries lift social distancing restrictions, beach volleyball players return to the training courts

The coronavirus pandemic is still out there, but some countries are starting to flatten the spreading curve and to turn the table on the virus. With that, some of the social distancing restrictions that were in place for several weeks have been lifted and, in some nations that means beach volleyball players have regained access to their training centers.

There are, of course, still significant restrictions, especially in regards to the number of people who can work together and the level of distancing they need to maintain from each other during activities, but after months of quarantine and uncertainty this small step certainly feels like a silver lining in such a dark moment.

Austrian players were among the first to benefit from the new scenario as they’ve been cleared to return to their Vienna training center this week. Veterans Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst celebrated the positive news on the sand with their coaching staff.


First training since the shutdown! Of course with distance🤙 #restart #firsttraining #dopplerhorst #corona

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Martin Ermacora and Moritz Pristauz also made their way back to the training center, but they made sure they kept a safe distance from each other at all times.

In Germany, beach volleyball players were also granted access to the national team training facilities in Hamburg, Berlin and Stuttgart. Veteran blocker Alexander Walkenhorst was one of the first to resume his training sessions in the sand.

Italian players could be among the next to return to their training routines as the country’s government has determined that professional athletes from team sports can go back to training on May 18.

It’s a baby step, but we’re moving forward!

Stay safe!