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

2016-09-19 01:49:00 CEST

Super Sunday on social media

The last day of the #TorontoFinals through the eyes of the players

Posing for a selfie on the podium? Hell yeah!Posing for a selfie on the podium? Hell yeah!

Can you believe it? If you were, like us, still at Polson Pier – you’d be sad right now. Because the Center Court is being taken down and we’re packing up and getting ready to say au revoir.

But hang on one minute! Not so fast! We’ve still got to tell you about the thrills and spills of this truly magnificent tournament which closed the book on yet another epic season of beach volleyball.

And what better way to do it than through the eyes of the athletes?!

They’ve been busy digging and diving on the sand and posting and posing on social media this week – and today was no exception as the final matches of the season took center stage on the banks of Lake Ontario. First up, here’s a topless Alison/Bruno thanking their fans (in Portuguese) in the wake of their brilliant victory in the final against Pedro Solberg/Evandro.

Campeões aqui em Toronto! Bicampeões do World Tour Finals! Obrigado a todos pelo carinho! @redbullbr @underarmourbrasil @oakleybr @furnasesportes @embratel @visa_br @bbnosesportes @fivbvolleyball

See this Instagram video by @alison_brunoschmidt * 993 likes

Talking of champions, here’s Laura and Kira who secured a remarkable quadruple of Olympic, European, National and Swatch World Tour Finals gold. The caption says it all: “What winners look like.”

So sehen Sieger aus🎉😜

See this Instagram photo by @lauraludwig.kirawalkenhorst * 1,155 likes

During the day we had Swiss star Anouk Verge-Depre takeover our snapchat channel (@SwatchMajors, by the way) to give a special insight behind-the-scenes on Super Sunday. See this photo?

Selfie queens at #TorontoFinals 😻🇨🇦🏆💪🏽 #Beachvolleyball #xoto #yzz #toronto #canada

See this Instagram photo by @swatchmajorseries * 868 likes

Now see this:

Swatch Major Series on Twitter

Medallist's Selfie - thanks, @anoukvergedepre #torontofinals @FIVBBeach

Together with Isabelle Forrer, Anouk claimed bronze this week. And they’re VERY happy with their performance!

What an amazing finish of our epic season!!! Beating one of the best teams in the world to win bronze at the #TorontoFinals... unbelievable! Thank you @anoukvergedepre for fighting like a hero this week! I guess we've earned a decent vacation now 😄 Thanks to everybody at home or a little further away supporting and thinking of us 👍🏻 #SwatchMajorSeries #TeamIsaAnouk #Nike #FitnessIsland #Bronze #Happythird #homebound

See this Instagram photo by @isabelleforrer

Finally, a word on the Canadians, and in particular Ben Saxton. He’s been growing a beard for a few months now – and told us he had planned to shave it off come Halloween. Instead, pressured by raising money for charity, Ben was faced with the scenario of shaving off his facial hair ON THE COURT! Here’s the full video – see the help from teammate Chaim?! Love it!

Swatch Major Series on Twitter

Yep, THAT just happened #beardsgottago @bensaxton13 @saxtonschalk #torontofinals

And this – and look away now those in a nervous disposition – was the result! We did warn you!

Ben Saxton on Twitter

The aftermath. Is this what you were expecting @Manifesto_Sport @SwatchMajors ? #BeardIsGone #TorontoFinals

We’d like to thank the players for their efforts on and off the court and for keeping us entertained on social media throughout the week!

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