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

Canadians crowned champions of the world

06.07.2019 - Hamburg

Sarah and Melissa seal world title and ticket to Tokyo

Majestic Canadians Melissa Humana-Parades and Sarah Pavan are champions of the world and have booked their ticket to the Tokyo Olympics after a sensational performance in the gold medal match of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Hamburg 2019 presented by comdirect and ALDI Nord.

The duo showed tremendous spirit to fight back in not just one but two sets to take the title and seal Canada’s first ever World Championship medal in style against Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman, winning a pulsating match 23-21, 23-21.

In a gripping first set, Melissa and Sarah trailed 7-4, then won 10 points in a row to lead. The Americans came back but more Melissa magic in defense meant the Canadians closed out the first set.

With the Red Bull Beach Arena roof closed, and with the majority of fans inside the packed stadium backing the Canadians, Pavan and Humana-Paredes continued where they left off at the start of the second set.

Yet, the Americans who had seen off Australians Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar in the semi-final, began to show their class in the second set, leading 14-11 and 18-16.

However, with Human-Paredes reading everything in defense and digging every ball and Pavan stalking the net, the Canadians staged another comeback, rallying to level the score at 18-18.

Pavan did what she does best at the net to put the gold medal in Canada’s hands. “That’s how we do it,” she mouthed to her teammate.

The inevitable happened just a few minutes later, and a trademark Pavan block at the net sealed the win to the delight of the crowd.

“We’ve been battling here all week and the fans have made it even more special, they were our third player in the court,” said Melissa moments after the final ball fell.

Pavan said: “I’m the luckiest blocker in the entire Tour. Melissa played amazing all tournament. It’s such a joy to turn off from blocking and have the ball always right there, ready for me to set it. She was amazing today, she was reading them like crazy and I’m so lucky to play with her.

“This is what we live for, you guys are such a joy to play for. We love coming here and playing for you. Hamburg will always hold a very special place in our hearts. We’re so blessed. Thanks for coming and supporting us all week.”