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 17:03:00 CEST

Fijalek and Bryl out for revenge

The Polish are in the final and will meet Mol and Sørum once again

Bryl and Fijalek won an all-Polish semifinal in HamburgBryl and Fijalek won an all-Polish semifinal in Hamburg

Watch out, Vikings! Grzegorz Fijalek and Michal Bryl are back and they are eager for revenge!

After losing to Anders Mol and Christian Sørum in the gold medal match of Vienna Major just 13 days ago, the Polish will have another opportunity to challenge the Norwegians on the biggest possible stage, the final of FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals Hamburg 2018 presented by Vodafone.

“It’s time for revenge!” an ecstatic Bryl said.

The Polish, who won silver in Vienna, had a big semifinal victory against their compatriots Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak. With a solid side out game (78.79%) and Bryl’s massive presence in the net scoring seven blocking points, the team cruised to a 21-17, 21-15 win.

“We practice together for three or four years and there’s absolutely nothing we don’t know about each other,” the blocker added. “So the key to win it was to stay strong and be smart. That made the game really hard but we did what we had to do and things went well for us.”

The much-anticipated rematch with the Norwegians will end the men’s tournament in Hamburg and will give Poland its first-ever medal in the World Tour Finals. The teams have actually already met after Vienna, in the first day of competition in Hamburg, when the Vikings won in straight sets.

“I just feel it’s our day and I’m sure we’ll keep the good level in the final,” a confident Fijalek remarked. “We had lost two straight matches to the Polish and now we beat them, so hopefully we can do the same against the Norwegians. We’ll fight and it will certainly be a great spectacle.”

The gold medal match of the World Tour Finals is schedule for 8.30pm CEST at the Red Bull Beach Arena. At 7.15, Kantor and Losiak will fight for the bronze medal against Germany’s Julius Thole and Clemens Wickler.

What a close one this was! Watch every #HamburgFinals match live and again on demand on BeachStream [link in bio] @timeagathaeduda @bara.maki.beach @vodafone_de @hamburg_de @redbull

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