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 22:18:00 CEST

A perfect end to the season for the Swiss

Europeans rule the roost after Isa and Anouk win

Yeah! Swiss girls Anouk and Isabelle are #TorontoFinals bronze medalists! Photocredit: Mihai StetcuYeah! Swiss girls Anouk and Isabelle are #TorontoFinals bronze medalists! Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu

Hopp Schwiiz! European girls have got it going on! Or more to the point the Swiss are on a roll as Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé -Dépré clinched a place on the Polson Pier podium with a stupendous victory in the bronze medal match.

Against Larissa/Talita – last year’s Fort Lauderdale champs – Isabelle and Anouk hit back after a slow start to blitz the Brazilians on Center Court and delight the Swiss fans in the crowd.

The South Americans, who came fourth in the Olympics on home sand in Rio, won the first four points but the team from Switzerland stormed back to take a 1-0 lead 21-19.

In the second set Larissa/Talita led in the early stages before the Swiss wrestled the advantage back midway through the set. It was a lead they would not relinquish as Isabelle and Anouk went onto seal victory 21-18 and a bronze medal.

“To finish the season like this is the perfect scenario for us,” Isabelle told us. “They are one of the best teams in the world and I really wish we could play them again this year because we’ve not played them at all during the Olympic qualification cycle.”

The girls’ incredible achievement to topple the South Americans means the podium will be full of teams from Europe – including Joana Heidrich and Nadine Zumkehr of Switzerland.

“It’s really cool!” Isabelle smiled. “Whatever happens it’s been a super season for them and an amazing season for Swiss volleyball. We’ve had fun and proved that we are able to keep up with the best in the world. We’re lucky to have great support from our federation and our coaches.”

For Larissa and Talita there is no rest for the wicked – they have their national tournaments and will keep playing until November before they can finally take a well-earned breather.

But after the defeat Talita held her hands up and admitted the Swiss deserved their success.

“Losing is of course frustrating,” she told us. “We’re always looking for a place in the final or for a medal. But it’s not the worst result. Okay it’s not the best result but we’re always fighting and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose – and today they were better.”

There’s only one match from the women’s tournament to go: the final! Stay tuned on Super Sunday to see who will claim Swatch World Tour Finals gold at 12.15pm! 

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