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

2018-08-18 15:53:00 CEST

Another final for the Vikings!

Anders and Christian edge past home favorites

It's four finals in a row for the Vikings!It's four finals in a row for the Vikings!

Super Scandinavians Anders Mol and Christian Sørum booked their place in a fourth successive final as they came back from losing the second set to beat Germany’s Julius Thole and Clemens Wickler in front of packed Red Bull Beach Arena.

The Vikings lost their unbeaten record to Dutchmen Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen on Friday and were under immense pressure on center court against the home favorites after the Germans had fought back to take the match to a deciding set.

However, the Norwegians never know when they’re beaten, and the duo upped their game to secure their place in the final in their debut appearance at a World Tour Finals.

“It was a huge win,” a relieved but ecstatic Anders said afterwards. “After losing our streak yesterday it was kind of hard to come back and we were also anxious because we knew they are a very, very good team and we lost to them in Espinho.

“The second set was really hard, we didn’t know what we should do against them. In the third set we kept patient and I think my service pressure was better and that was the difference.”

Christian admitted the pair were struggling to combat the Germans’ approach – and the crowd.

“After winning the first set we were like ‘yes, just one more set’, then we lost the second and we were like ‘uh oh’. We were getting a bit tired and they has the fans with them so we starting to worry a bit. But we managed to find a way and Anders came up with some great serves.”

After seeing their 22-match unbeaten run ended, the duo now hope to make it two matches without defeat when they take part in final 8.30pm CEST.

“We don’t become bad players just because we lost one match,” added Anders. “We believe in our team and our volleyball skills even if we lose one game.

“We’ll see how much the next winning streak gets to but it’s about winning tournaments, not streaks, that counts and that’s what we hope to do.”

Watch the final live on BeachStream at 8.30pm CEST.

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