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

Sarah and Mel reach World Champs final

05.07.2019 - Hamburg, Germany

After a tough fourth-place finish two years ago, the Canadians are just one step away from the elusive gold medal

When Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes hopped on a plane to Hamburg two weeks ago, they had one and only thing in mind – to erase their fourth-place finish at the 2017 World Championships in Vienna with a stronger performance at the Rothenbaum Stadium.

Now they’ve done it. But now that they booked their places in the final and secured Canada’s first-ever medal in the tournament, they have their eyes locked on the biggest prize.

“Coming off from where we were in Vienna two years ago, this is extra special and that’s why it means so much to us,” Melissa said. “We knew we wanted to be better than two years ago. That one stunk and it hit us really hard. This win is extra special and really emotional, but there’s still one more to go. We’ve been talking for a long time about putting us in position to be world champions, so it’s really a dream coming true.”

Emotions, for sure, were the mark of their thrilling three-set semi-final battle with Swiss young stars Nina Betschart and Tanja Hüberli. After the teams split the first two sets, with the Canadians taking the first 23-21 and the Europeans winning the second 21-17, Melissa and Sarah saw themselves just one point away from the final as they led the tie-breaker 14-10.

That’s when Hüberli took over and scored three of the next four points, tying the score 14-14. The Swiss had a match point in 17-16, which Sarah later revealed she didn’t notice at the time, but then the Canadians scored three in a row and sealed it with a block 19-17.

“We just looked at each other and smiled and said ‘ok, just one more,” the blocker said. “We’ve been in this position so many times before that we just trust each other. It’s fun and that’s why we play, for the excitement and the pressure because when we win it, feels so much better to know that we went through it.”

The last team standing between the Canadians and their World Championship dream is the one of April Ross and Alix Klineman, who topped Australians Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho in the other semi-final and will feature the first North American gold medal match of the event.

The Americans have been Melissa and Sarah’s nemesis in 2019 as they denied the Canadians their two title opportunities this year, taking gold at both the World Tour four-star event in Itapema and the American AVP event in Huntington Beach.

“Tomorrow will be better, tomorrow will be different,” Melissa remarked. “We know this team very well and we’ll need to play even better. It will be another battle.”