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

2017-08-24 13:10:00 CET

Czech girls in the groove

Season of surprise for Kolocova/Kvapilova

Kristyna Kolocova in action during the win over Anouk and JoanaKristyna Kolocova in action during the win over Anouk and Joana

What a season it’s been so far for Kristyna Kolocova and Michala Kvapilova!

The Czech pair booked their place in the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals presented by Vodafone with a string of impressive performances on the World Tour – and now they’re looking to cause a few surprises now there here in Hamburg.

And the manner of their straight sets victory over Swiss duo Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich suggests they could end the season in real style.

Having joined forces at the beginning of the 2016 campaign, the team from the Czech Republic are really finding their form, as they showed last week when they won silver at the European Championships.

This season on the World Tour, Kolocova and Kvapilova have secured three top five finishes and three top 10 finishes – a big difference from last year when their best result was 17th.

“We know more about each other this season and that’s what’s made us better,” Kvapilova said after their impressive win over the Swiss. “We’re on an upward curve now.

“The silver in the Euros gives us confidence – especially the semifinal win [over Laboureur/Sude] and that gives us a good feeling when playing against the good teams.”

Despite the excellent result – that saw the Czechs win the second set 21-10 – Kristyna doesn’t believe their European silver gives them a chance of glory here in Germany.

“I wouldn’t say that means we’re favorites here,” said the defender. “There are way stronger teams here that have been playing together and winning over many years. We can sure be a surprise but we’re not favorites.

“However, this season has been great. I had surgery on my shoulder last year and Michala came straight from indoor so now, with a full preparation behind us, everything is normal.

“We know how to play, we’ve enjoyed a good winter of preparation and that has been a big difference – perhaps we’ve surprised ourselves, it’s been a bigger step than we expected.”

After securing their first win, the Czechs go head-to-head with their Euro victims Laboureur/Sude on the Red Bull Beach Arena at 6pm CET today – a game you can see live on BeachStream.

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