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

2016-09-17 20:57:00 CEST

Saxton/Schalk flying the flag for Canada!

Home heroes haul themselves into the quarterfinals

Happiness happening for Saxton/Schalk! Photocredit: Joerg Mitter.Happiness happening for Saxton/Schalk! Photocredit: Joerg Mitter.

Center Court was jumping for joy as Saxton/Schalk booked a quarterfinal meeting against Kantor/Losiak after a superb straight sets win over Olympic bronze medalists Brouwer/Meeuwsen.

The Canadians got the crowd rocking at Polson Pier with a wonderful display of beach volleyball that saw them come from four points behind in a dramatic second against the wildcards from the Netherlands.

It meant Saxton/Schalk gained revenge after losing to the Dutch duo in the pool play at the Olympic Games last month.

Now the Canadians are flying the flag for the host country following Binstock/Schachter’s early exit but the boys are hoping to use the impetus from this fantastic victory when they take on the Poles on Center Court at 5.45pm.

“We’re the last ones I guess and we’re happy – we want to build up the momentum and take out the Polish next!” Chaim told us afterwards. “We haven’t played them for a while but they’re a really good team so it will be a battle.”

Ben added: “We wanted all the Canadian teams through to the finals of both tournaments but it’s not to be.

“It’s great to reach the quarterfinals and as long as we’re still alive we’re happy.

“We know we will lose points in every game but it’s important not to worry about the bad plays.

“It’s a good win – I just wished we would have beaten them at the Olympics!

“But it’s a great victory and hopefully we move onto the next match and the next one and the next one.”

Meanwhile at a packed Court 2, the great entertainers from Italy, Ranghieri/Carambula, were beaten in dramatic style in a 62-minute epic against Brazilians and Gstaad Major champs Pedro Solberg/Evandro.

The Brazilians took the first set 21-18 but back came the Italians in the second 24-22. But it was the South Americans that triumphed 16-14 in the decider to set up a quarterfinal clash against A1 Major Klagenfurt champions Samoilovs/Smedins.

It’s a tasty quarterfinal line-up and remember we’ll have all of the action covered on our website and social media! 

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