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

2016-09-29 17:10:00 CEST

Stats the way we like Toronto! – Part 2

Which women ruled the roost at Polson Pier

It was one of the games of the tournament: Ludwig/Walkenhorst take on Larissa/Talita in Toronto. Photocredit: Joerg Mitter.It was one of the games of the tournament: Ludwig/Walkenhorst take on Larissa/Talita in Toronto. Photocredit: Joerg Mitter.

We’ve already given you the lowdown on the numbers from the men who took to the sand at the Swatch World Tour Finals in Toronto – and now it’s time for the women to take center stage.

But first some did you knows to whet your appetite…For example, did you know that women made less errors than men during the tournament, and also thundered down more aces and swatted away more kill points? Well there’s three nuggets of information to impress your friends.

Right, enough of that, let’s get down to which players stood out at Polson Pier, shall we?

We’ll start with the champions. Olympic gold medalists Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst began the tournament slowly but finished like an express train. They recovered from two successive defeats and went on to win their next four matches and ran away with the title. They played a staggering 548 points – more than any other team – remember, they were pushed to the max in the early stages of the tournament.

Kira continued her commanding form at the net with more blocks than any other player with 29 – but it was 24-year-old Swiss star Joana Heidrich that enjoyed the highest block ratio during the tournament, averaging exactly two per set. She and retiring partner Nadine Zumkehr settled for silver in the end – despite being one of the teams to beat Ludwig/Walkenhorst earlier in the week.

Want more Walkenhorst stats? Of course you do! Kira also came up trumps with the ball in her hand at service – and no player converted more aces than the German’s 15.

Last year’s Swatch World Tour Finals champions Larissa/Talita were on the receiving end of a Ludwig/Walkenhorst defeat in the semifinals, but by far and away the best attacker on show in Toronto was Talita, who averaged a stonking eight kills per set. As a team the Brazilians also enjoyed the best sideout ratio of the tournament, successfully returning 132 of the 179 serves they faced. Very impressive stuff.

So there we have it. Just like they did on the FIVB World Tour, the figures are dominated by the all-conquering German Olympic champs Laura and Kira.

We know for sure they will be together next year and beyond…but can they sweep all before them again in 2017? Only time will tell!

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