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

2018-08-19 15:00:00 CEST

Brazilians turn silver into gold

Agatha & Duda lift their first World Tour Finals title

Celebration time for Agatha and DudaCelebration time for Agatha and Duda

Brilliant Agatha Bednarczuk and Duda Lisboa Santos upgraded last season’s silver medal to a gold one as the Brazilians took the Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals crown in Hamburg.

The World’s number one team were too strong for Czech stars Barbora Hermannová and Marketa Sluková, winning 21-15, 21-19 to take the title and the biggest winners’ check in beach volleyball history, 150,000 US Dollars.

Having lost in last year’s final to German heroes Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, the victory was even sweeter for 35-year-old Agatha and her partner, the rising star Duda, 20, who became the youngest ever World Tour Finals champion.

The final lived up to its billing as a clash of the titans – both teams sit at number one and two in the world rankings – but tournament comeback queens Bara and Maki could not stop the Brazilians from going one better after their silver 12 months ago.

“Coming to the venue this morning we thought it was another opportunity for us to win here after getting silver last year,” Agatha said afterwards. “For me, the tournament was a lot harder than last year. We had to play high level teams all the time and every game was hard in its own way. I’m so proud of my team and my young partner.”

In the bronze medal match there was happiness for Australians Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar following their 21-15, 19-21, 15-8 victory over Maria Antonelli and Carol Solberg of Brazil. The Aussies were almost in tears after letting a third-set lead slip in the semifinals, but were all smiles after securing their seventh medal of the season.

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The sand has now settled on the 2018 season but there’s no rest for the wicked for the beach elite, as qualification for the Tokyo Olympics begins on September 1. The 2019 campaign will again see beach volleyball drop anchor in Hamburg for the Beach Volleyball World Championships – with the winners guaranteeing their federation a place in the Japanese capital in 2020.

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