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

2016-09-21 18:34:00 CEST

Top five stories at #TorontoFinals: Number 3

We countdown our favorite moments from the finals…

Heather and Brandie all smiles after their victory over Pavan and Humana-Paredes. Photocredit: Joerg Mitter.Heather and Brandie all smiles after their victory over Pavan and Humana-Paredes. Photocredit: Joerg Mitter.

This week we’re counting down our favorite five memories from the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Toronto.

Here’s number three…

Bansley versus Pavan

Before the Swatch World Tour Finals kicked off we had drama. Just weeks before the tournament was due to illuminate Polson Pier, Olympic quarterfinalists Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley revealed that they were ending their partnership BEFORE the finals!

With a wildcard in their hands as the highest-ranked Canadian team on the FIVB World Tour, the split meant only one of the girls could advance to the main draw. With new partners by each of their sides, a country quota match was arranged. For the first time, Heather and Sarah would face off head-to-head on Center Court.

Pavan partnered Melissa Humana-Paredes while Bansley had the help of Brandie Wilkerson. With a crowd full of family, friends and Canadian fans it was a unique atmosphere for a special one-off clash. And you could cut the tension on the sand with a knife. Who would prevail? Nobody was sure. Could Brandie and Melissa cope with the hype surrounding such a high-profile contest?

In the end the match was decided by an extraordinary performance from Bansley. Dominating the court and repelling everything that was thrown at her by the opposition, Heather was unplayable. She and Brandie, who was bossing it at the net, stormed to a 2-0 victory.

Heather and Brandie kept the momentum going with an effortless 2-0 win over Menegatti/Giombini of Italy in their first pool play match and then won the first set against Laboureur/Sude. They couldn’t see out a win against the Germans and had to settle for a place in the last 16.

Paired against Olympic gold medalists Ludwig/Walkenhorst in their first elimination match, the Canadians fought all the way, taking the game to a deciding set before the Germans toughened up and edged a thrilling match 15-10 in the third.

So while Heather and Brandie bravely bowed out against the eventual champions there was plenty to be proud about for the home team…but who knows what lies in store for both partnerships next season!

Click here for our fourth and fifth favorites stories from the Swatch World Tour Finals…

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