Golden girls’ back-to-back brilliance2017-03-21 11:10:00 | Swatch Major Series
Meet the Canadians on a winning streak on the World Tour
Meet the Canadians on a winning streak on the World Tour
Swatch Major Series calendar confirmed for the summer season
Drum roll please…
Let us tell you why Hamburg is the perfect spot to host the massive end-of-season climax
Olympic Champion Laura Ludwig is on the comeback trail after surgery
We focus on Germany’s Böckermann/Flüggen
…and so is beach volleyball
Boxing champ Haye swaps sparring for serving and spiking!
Fort Lauderdale bosses tell it like it is!
How the Swatch Major Series stars kill time
Those nights under the lights our favorite moment from the Fort Lauderdale
Samba sensations start the season in style
Expectations and plans for the new Russian squad
Olympic legend pays tribute to sell-out Center Court crowds
We count down our top five moments from the first tournament of the season
Huge proceeds from Cocktails with the Champions to benefit cancer charity
Kish Island medalists benefit from Fort Lauderdale warm-up
We countdown our top five moments from the first tournament of the season
The best of social media from six days in the Fort Lauderdale sun
Read the second installment of Ben Saxton's Swatch Major Series blog
Players are pushing one another at the national tour
What a week it was for the Brazilians in Fort Lauderdale
2017 begins with a bang!
Brazilian golden girls too hot for Agatha/Duda
Larissa/Talita versus Agatha/Duda in another all-Brazilian final
Disappointment for Walsh/Ross but Sweat/Ross keep the American dream alive on Sunday
Samba stars come from no where to clinch gold in Fort Lauderdale
Laboureur/Sude shoot into Sunday’s semis
Gold will go to Brazil...
Former Olympic champ takes us on a whistlestop tour around town
Men’s medal matches decided on Saturday at #FTLMajor
Rising star Duda and Olympic silver medalist Agatha are teaching each other new things
Boxing came to the beach on Friday as David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye dropped by for a very special appearance at the Fort Lauderdale Major
We’re down to the final eight in the men’s competition
Women’s elimination round dominated by US and Brazil
Casey, Theo and Julius get taught by the ‘Turbo Spinner’
American girls progress doing the business on the beach
End of the #FTLMajor road for Olympians
Men’s pool play: done!
Saxton/Schalk set for the new season
Five matches you can’t afford to miss on day three of the Fort Lauderdale Major
The beauty of beach volleyball illuminated at #FTLMajor
Brother, sisters and cousins in action at the Fort Lauderdale Major
American teams rock the morning session at Fort Lauderdale Major
There’s no stopping the debutants at the Fort Lauderdale Major
It’s a whirlwind of adventure off the sand at the Fort Lauderdale Major
We highlight the go-to games on the first day of pool play at the Fort Lauderdale Major
Get a load of who’s playing who in the Fort Lauderdale Major pool play
Europeans dominate men’s qualification at Fort Lauderdale Major
Brazilians march through to main draw
American star and 2016 Olympian Brooke Sweat dishes the dirt
Find out what makes beach volleyball legend Phil Dalhausser tick
Don’t miss a thing at the #FTLMajor
FIVB World Tour Players Faiga/Hilman are a part of a big project in their home country
Beach volleyball’s return to the limelight is within touching distance
#FTLMajor wildcards and new American partnership Casey Patterson and Theo Brunner explain their new partnership ahead of the 2017 season
Aussie rulebreakers headline the list of famous faces in Fort Lauderdale
Watch Olympic legend and enjoy a night of cocktails
Brazilian wildcard can’t wait for his first taste of Fort Lauderdale
Yet more stunning images from our iconic Spike the Sun photoshoot with Phil and Lauren
Marta Menegatti is looking forward after a tough year
Here at the Swatch Major Series we like to do things differently...
The best of Brazil are heading for the Fort Lauderdale Major
Debut team Borger/Kozuch will make the most of their wildcard opportunity when they hit the beach at the Fort Lauderdale Major in two weeks’ time
German Olympic hero Kira Walkenhorst knew exactly who to turn to when looking for a partner in Fort Lauderdale. We caught up with Julia Groβner ahead of the first Major Series tournament of the season…
A win in Fort Lauderdale would cement this legend’s position at the top of the beach volleyball record books
Swatch Major Series history will be made in Fort Lauderdale
The German federation have finally found two coaches as centralization kicks in – a Swatch Major Series exclusive
Brand new partnerships set for Fort Lauderdale Major
Ricardo and Harley join forces for Fort Lauderdale Major
Olympic and Swatch World Tour Finals champs all set for Fort Lauderdale
Polish men are on the rise
The latest social stories from the beach stars
Can Alison/Bruno start the season with yet more gold?
61 entries, 33 new teams and many medals among them…
Going back to his roots is very challenging for Adrian Carambula
It’s getting closer…
Tuesday Talent: April Ross
2016 was great but…
About Indoors Skyballs and strong Belgians
Martin Olejnak new head coach in Germany
Tuesday Talent: Casey Patterson
Peace on earth and goodwill to all beach volleyball fans
Olympic bronze heroes to go for gold in Florida after all
Beach Volleyball players around the world receive awards
Paradise is: volunteering in beach volleyball
It’s so close we can almost feel the sand between our toes!
Beach ambassador pumped for Fort Lauderdale
Meppelink/Van Gestel rekindle their partnership
Shoulder set-back could rule out Olympic champ in Fort Lauderdale
Olympic legend Kerri Pottharst tells it how it is
Tuesday Talent: The Brothers Crabb
Get a load of these new partnerships…
Pedro Resende wants to follow in his father's footsteps
Vergé-Dépré/Heidrich and Erdmann/Dollinger are facing new challenges
Argentina’s beach volleyball team has new goals for next season
Nick Lucena set for Fort Lauderdale showdown
Your chance to be part of the stunning start to the season!
Manon and Reinder are facing new challenges
Put your hands together for Seidl/Winter!
Step by step with Borger/Kozuch
No place like Curitiba for Juliana. Photocredit: CBV
Obituary of Dan Apol
Plus a new star for 2032 also revealed!
Brazilian star makes first return after becoming a mom
Tributes pour in following the sudden death of international beach volleyball referee
We profile one of the most in-form stars of 2016
Goodbye and hello Paulao
The latest social media shenanigans from the stars
Phil Dalhausser on the past, present and future of beach volleyball
Packed crowds wowed by German golden girls!
Our latest hilarious insights from the world of the players
Weekend win is the perfect end to the best season yet
Starved of beach volleyball? Want time to go quicker? We’re here to help…
Beach volleyball is still going strong in November!
Retiring Swiss star honored and privileged to receive FIVB accolade
May was a good month for the best in the business
Familiar faces on top in Uberlanda!
A man’s (and woman’s) best friend
Two rising stars of beach volleyball talk to us about their new and exciting partnership
Nightmare on Swatch Majors Series street
Fun in Fortaleza and smiles in Sochi
Get ready for another rollercoaster ride of beach volleyball in 2017
Find out where and when the stars will be competing in 2017…
Season’s opening tournament will kick off in Florida
Winning awards always helps!
The extensive activities of our beach volleyball referees
Brilliant Brazilian walks away with top prize
German Swatch World Tour Finals champ takes top awards
Our latest round-up of the 2016 season on the sand
We profile a legend of beach volleyball still going strong
Our look-back at the 2016 season continues
The benefits and challenges of a coach-player-relationship
Our look-back at the latest stop on the Brazilian national tour
Home teams crush the opposition
The Swiss star set for a new chapter
Love is when your ex is picking your new partner
The latest news from the federation’s biennial get together
A social update from the stars of the sand
We remember the Rio Grand Slam
Indoor star Margareta Kozuch pairs up with Karla Borger
From a dog playing beach volleyball to a Lion King lookalike
Brazil boss it on home sand
About new partnerships and long-term decisions
We pay homage to the Brazilian Olympic hero
The latest social stories in the off-season
Top referee waves goodbye to the beach
Olympic athletes meet Barack Obama
Which women ruled the roost at Polson Pier
Our look-back at the 2016 season starts in Iran
We discover which teams served, spiked and sided-out the best…
Larissa/Talita and Ricardo/Andre win gold on home sand
New challenges and dreams for Barbara/Fernanda
German golden girls eyeing more glory
Of babies and blockers
Sometimes there are more important things in life than beach volleyball
We reach our favorite moment from the finals
Swiss star announces her retirement following #TorontoFinals bronze
We countdown our favorite moments from the finals
Austria and Germany initiate big changes in their national beach volleyball federations
We countdown our favorite moments from the finals…
We countdown our favorite moments from the finals…
We countdown our favorites moments from the finals…
We’ve had a blast…thank you for the memories!
The last day of the #TorontoFinals through the eyes of the players
Follow the action live from the women's gold medal match at Polson Pier
Olympic and Swatch World Tour Finals double for the Brazilians
Brazilian silver medalists proud of season’s exploits
Olympic champ looks back on yet another gold
We’ve almost run out of words for them…so here’s Laura and Kira’s words…
The curtain came down on Nadine Zumkehr’s career in Canada
Brazil v Brazil in the #TorontoFinals
Evandro/Pedro Solberg power through to the final
Both gold medal matches moved to last day of the tournament
What the athletes had to say after another busy day at the office
Canadians going for glory on Super Sunday after quarterfinal delight
No stopping Bourne/Hyden as they crush countrymen to book semi spot
Europeans rule the roost after Isa and Anouk win
Home heroes haul themselves into the quarterfinals
Canadians bite the dust as Poles prove their point
German girls move one step closer to winning another gold
Duo will give it their all in Zumkehr’s last game before retiring
Classic quarterfinal clashes set-up fantastic last four!
It’s knockout time for the men at the Swatch World Tour Finals
Canadian boys wow the Center Court crowd
What the stars had to say online after another exciting day’s play
Joy for Brazil, Poland and Latvia in the pool play
Two teams make it through after two defeats
Swiss comeback to book quarterfinal place
It’s crunch time at Polson Pier
More social media stories from the people that matter
Feast your eyes on these knockout clashes
Bad day at the office for Laura and Kira at #TorontoFinals
Saxton/Schalk still looking for win but joy for Italians
What a day for the pride of Poland!
No messing from first and fifth seeds at Polson Pier
Argentinians would love a medal after coming so close!
Olympic gold medalists in action not once but twice at Polson Pier
The best of the beach boys and girls post their reaction on social media
The Doctor says it pays to be healthy!
Watch out…the Olympic champions are on a mission to get better
New Canadian team on a roll after winning again
It’s the best tournament says defending champion
Americans show true grit on the sand to fightback and beat Brazil
Rio’s in the past says the Lion King after opening #TorontoFinals win
Eight matches you can’t miss on day one of the main draw
Canadian country quota clash lives up to its billing!
Pavan says it’s not easy for the new partners
Torontonian jumped at the chance to partner Sarah Pavan
A league of nations in town to battle for the Swatch World Tour Finals
Wilkerson wants to do herself justice alongside Heather
Emotions will run high in ‘strange’ Swatch World Tour Finals classic
We’ve got a very smiley, happy bunch of #TorontoFinals players!
Who will win the epic Canadian battle at Polson Pier?
Our video on the biggest talking point of the #TorontoFinals
Canadians wildcards the perfect remedy for the #TorontoFinals
Can the wildcards cause wildfire on the sand in Toronto?
Can Saxton/Schalk turn bronze into gold on home sand?
Flying Dutchmen ready to pounce at Polson Pier
Silver medalists at Klagenfurt focused on the Finals
What a view at Polson Pier!
The one home women’s team we can count on!
Can anyone stop Alison/Bruno triumphing in Toronto?
Marta and Laura want to prove a point at Polson Pier
Consistency key for Polish pair at Polson Pier!
Can the nearly women claim their first medal of the season in Canada?
Who will play who at Polson Pier?!
Last year's brilliant bronze medalists pursue gold at Polson Pier
Alpine heroes aiming for Polson Pier perfection
Here’s a few ‘handy’ tips ahead of the #TorontoFinals
Sarah Pavan found a new partner to go for Tokyo 2020
Beware the Matadors of Mazatlán!
Triumphs before #TorontoFinals
Can Liliana/Elsa put their experience to use at the #TorontoFinals?
Home teams out to end the wait for a medal on Canadian soil
Hyden/Bourne a top five team - now they tackle Toronto
Meet the entertaining Italian duo set to entertain Canada
After their triumph in Fort Lauderdale last year all eyes will be on Larissa/Talita in Toronto
Chantal and Julia on an upward curve
Meet the young guns from Poland primed for Toronto
Olympic bronze medalists aiming for Toronto gold
Second in the FIVB World Tour ranking - how far can Lucena/Dalhausser go at the Swatch World Tour Finals?
Swiss star to call time on her career after #TorontoFinals
Ludwig/Walkenhorst aiming to complete magical season at #TorontoFinals
Our guide to the Swatch World Tour finalists begins with the top-ranked boys from Latvia
Olympic Champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst are trying to get back to normal life, which is not easy after their stunning success
Former teammates to go head-to-head in incredible #TorontoFinals country quota
Drumroll please! Line-up complete for Canada!
Top women’s teams rubber-stamp their pass to the Finals
Meet the men’s teams bound for Toronto
Where did the medals go in the FIVB World Tour’s final stop before Toronto?
Beach volleyball? In Canada? Hell yeah!
Our look back at last year’s fun in the sun in Fort Lauderdale
All eyes will be on home heroes
First teams set for the tournament of all tournaments
A hard time ends for Daniele Lupo by a crowning glory at the closing ceremony in Brazil.
Beach volleyball’s showpiece tournament is off to Austria next year
Our look-back at a wonderful and wacky week by the Wörthersee
Time flies when you’re having fun by the Wörthersee
More than sports: One last major triumph
Latvians light up Klagenfurt in countdown to Copacabana
Young boys from Brazil confident of glory in years to come
Saxton/Schalk set for South American after yet another medal.
Samoilovs/Smedins celebrate sensational A1 Major Klagenfurt triumph
Latvians loving Klagenfurt…again!
Young Brazilians pick off plucky Poles
Two fathers make Latvia's golden boys on the Copacabana and 59-year-old Andris Smedins will experience his first major sporting event.
Lion King keeps it in the family with quarterfinal win
No better time to be a beach volleyball player in Switzerland!
Ludwig/Walkenhorst banish shock set-back to triumph by the Wörthersee
Germans see off Swiss in stunning final
Special Olympics 2017 finds a new friend in Klagenfurt
Can Aleksandrs and Mihails Samoilovs claim semifinal places on the same day?
Beach volleyball’s up-and-coming men are through to the quarterfinals
Heidrich/Zumkehr find their form to reach the final
Germans going for yet more glory!
How well do you know the stars of beach volleyball?!
Austrians starlets bow out bravely against Brazil
Ricardo teaching the next generation of Brazilian stars
Women’s semifinal line-up complete
Polish partnerships proving themselves the best
That’s how the Swiss roll!
Unreal performance from tournament’s youngest team!
Last eight line-up taking shape in Klagenfurt
What’s on the menu today on the shores of the Wörthersee?
Latvians roar and Dutch dominate
Talk of the Center Court on Thursday was all about one team…
All the stars set to clash for place in the quarterfinals
Saxton/Schalk stake a claim for glory in Canada derby
German girls doing their thing
Austrian star's final game in Klagenfurt ends in defeat
We meet England’s only senior beach volleyball stars on the road in Klagenfurt
Our guide on what’s hot on day three of the A1 Major Klagenfurt
Rio-bound girls not having it all their own way in the Pool Play
Heavy rain helps make Klagenfurt Center Court history
Americans on top in quick-fire final qualification round
What a way to start your first Major!
American youngsters beat top seeds Ludwig/Walkenhorst
Men’s qualification battles go to the wire
Memories of Klagenfurt will last forever for Austrian
Can the veteran of Klagenfurt finally land a medal on home sand?
Jam-packed day on the shores of the Wörthersee
Women’s qualification complete
Almost a full day of beach volleyball action broadcast live on television
Home heroes hope to brighten up Klagenfurt
Opening day’s entertainment pleases home beach fans
Klagenfurt is special whether it’s your first or 14th tournament
Next generation of beach volleyball stars aim for glory
A1 Major Klagenfurt ready for beach fans invasion
Bieneck/Groβner knockout Holtwick/Semmler
Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals schedule confirmed
Learn the beach volleyball lingo
We’re ready for the greatest show on sand! Photocredit: ACTS
Why the A1 Major Klagenfurt rocks the Wörthersee
Take part in the A1 Major Klagenfurt photo contest and win incredible prizes
Turn your Beach Moments into daily prizes
There is no better time for Canadian success in beach volleyball
Canada calling for Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals 2016
Toronto reunited with FIVB World Tour party
For the first time in history, Canada will have four beach volleyball teams at the Olympics. Sam Schachter booked his last-minute-ticket, but before departing, he has to overcome a mental conflict in Klagenfurt...
Get ready to find out where we’re heading in September
It’s not long now, people!
Our tribute to one of the masters of the game
League of nations de-camp to Carinthia
Canadians seal final place in Rio
Secure your seat right on the Center Court with our Wings for Life Charity Auction
Gstaad Major even better this year!
Press conference signaling the start of the A1 Major Klagenfurt in less than two weeks
A little look-back at what made us smile in Switzerland
We say goodbye to Gstaad for another year
“If we can do it here, why not in Rio?” asks Pedro Solberg
Silver medalists hail service supremacy
Brazilians too hot for the Americans to handle
Latvians lap up another medal
Watch out USA – the Brazilians are coming
Can Dalhausser and Lucena claim another Major gold?
Final chance for Rio decided in Russia
All to play for in the men's semifinals
A year is a long time in beach volleyball for Brazilian star
Larissa/Talita in sensational form in Switzerland
Last four in touching distance
No cowbell for last year’s champs
Americans battle back to deny Germans stunning semifinal
Bring on Brazil say local heroes
Our guide to understanding how the draw will work
Ludwig/Walkenhorst end underdogs run in Gstaad
Pools for Copacabana decided in the mountains
Sorting the men from the boys in Switzerland
Defeat marks end of a distinguished career for Swiss star
Home side’s last remaining hope in Gstaad
Qualifiers keep on winning
Breaking news: Cow referees first-ever beach volleyball match
All-American and all-German matches highlight in Gstaad
Swiss youngsters eye home tournament
Big games and big names to warm-up for the weekend
The cream rising to the top in Gstaad
Finnish girls far from finished here in Gstaad
More to the Gstaad Major than you think
Latvian hero striving to hear iconic trophy ring again
Americans begin Pool Play with victory
Nine hours of action on a thrilling Thursday
Happiness for the hosts…at last!
Teenagers serving it up to the favorites in Gstaad
A lot has changed in a year for Kerri Walsh Jennings since she was last in Gstaad
Last chance saloon for Rio hopes
Challenge set for lucky losers
Things can only get better for the hosts
Technology helping referees and players improve
We pick the matches you can’t miss in Gstaad today
Men’s competition off to a dramatic start
Life is made of small moments on the sand
Brazil and American teams go head-to-head in Pool Play
German heroes will celebrate Croatian success…but first Gstaad
Second chance for lucky losers
What were our favorite stories from our week on the sand in Croatia? Read on…
More beach volleyball terms to get your head around
We’ve landed in the Alps
All good things come to an end – we love you Poreč!
Crowd favorites take heart from Poreč performance
A look-back at last year’s Gstaad Major
Boys from Brazil chuffed with Croatian crown
Brazilians edge proud Austrians in fascinating final
World champs need to focus in heady Poreč atmosphere
Austrians battle back to reach first final in four years
After a week of upsets, who knows what will happen on Sunday
Laboureur/Sude left speechless with success
Both American teams bite the dust
Doppler/Horst seal incredible comeback to reach the semis
Pavan and Bansley bridesmaids again
Qualifiers come through eight games to strike it rich in Poreč
Boys to fight for a semifinal place!
Watch out Germany – Pavan/Bansley are better than ever
Last year’s silver medals in the final again!
German duo check into final
Laboureur/Sude stun Borger/Büthe in opening game of Super Saturday
Spectacular Saturday climax in Poreč Major
Awe inspiring line-up on penultimate day in Poreč
Never-say-die saves Netherlands hopes
Germany on course for two medals in Poreč!
Best blocker and server so far?
Men to battle in epic elimination round tonight
Two teams at the Olympics...a Major on home sand…it’s a good time for the Swiss.
Austrian heroes power past Dutch
A day of celebration for Canadian Olympic hopes
Brazilian stars head home as Europeans cause an upset
Poreč now, Gstaad later…
What a day in prospect at Poreč Major
Austrians honored to receive fans’ backing
Five wins from six for American heroes
Our inner geek is back with these stats and facts
Major upset in women’s Pool Play
Austrians now focus on qualification after Poreč exit
World’s best take charge in Poreč Pool Play
smart Major Hamburg winners eyeing second successive Major title
Men get ready to flex their muscles on opening day of pool play
Shock results and seamless wins on opening day of pool play
Croatian sensations cause a stir on Center Court
Just ask the Austrians after they complete their qualification quest
Twists and turns a plenty in the opening pool play matches
Switzerland’s Olympic hopes are gearing up for their home tournament
Our guide to the must-see matches at Poreč Major today
Olympic-bound duo aiming for semifinals by the sea
Find out who’s playing who in the women's pool play at Poreč Major
Women battle through qualification
Men do battle on first day of Poreč Major
We talk to African men’s only entrants at the Poreč Major
Best players in the world make Poreč Major stand out from the crowd
Countdown now on for our trip to the Alps
Bring on the beach volleyball!
Gr-eight news for latest Olympic qualifiers
Beach terminology ahead of Poreč Major explained
European Continental Cup success for Austrian men
Second Major Series stop oh so close to kick-off
First victory of Poreč Major…
We remember the fun we had last year…
Your chance to not only experience sand and sun, but sea and sky too! Win a helicopter flight with Felix Baumgartner or a yacht cruise
Delving into the digits of the Poreč Major
French and German hopes go up in smoke in Stavanger
Swiss ready to unlock their potential on home sand
We talked to Croatia’s Samanta Fabris ahead of her Majors debut
Follow us every step of the way at our second Major of the summer
Brush up on your beach terms and impress the locals in Poreč
It’s the Major in the mountains that has it all!
Who’s playing in Poreč? Read on!
Counting down the days until Croatia
Aleksandrs Samoilovs’ aim to accomplish Olympic vision
Leading men can’t wait for Poreč Major
Brazilian teams have no answer to Samoilovs and Smedins
Ludwig and Walkenhorst eye four-in-a-row in Poreč
Drop everything. Read this. Go to Poreč.
European hopes for Rio take center stage
It’s not long until we pitch up in Poreč again!
More mind-bending stats and facts in the wake of our first Major of the summer
Become a Fan Ambassador at the #PorecMajor from 28 June – 3 July
All the stats and facts you need to know from the smart Major Hamburg
Not long now until Olympic line-up is complete
Croatia’s biggest sporting event is almost ready
Beach volleyball action picks up the pace in Poland
Alpine retreat’s transformation in full swing
What was our best moment from the smart Major Hamburg? Read on!
What a week it’s been at the Rothenbaum
smart Major Hamburg winners reflect on amazing victory
Americans defeat the Dutch in fantastic finale
Brazil’s men leave without a medal
A lot of love for first-ever #HamburgMajor
There’ll be no gold in Germany for Brazil
Holland revel in beach volleyball glory
A Major moment for Laura Ludwig
Final four men to battle it out for medals
Samba girls take second and third in Hamburg
Indescribable week for Hamburg heroes ends with Gold
Home favorites do the business in breathtaking final!
Last four set for Sunday
Agatha and Barbara’s message for Walkenhorst and Ludwig
Awesome semifinal goes the way of the home favorites
American delight at reaching Rothenbaum last four
Women eyeing medals while men strive for semis
German dream still on in Hamburg
Knock on the knee knocks out German glee
Hold onto your hats for an all-American quarterfinal
Lombardo laughs in face of illness as Mexico make Olympics
Three Samba girls through…but only one German women’s team remains
Perfect day for Flüggen and Böckermann
Medal dream for Krou and Rowlandson but they don’t want to be alone
Teamwork key for Kerri and April
So much to play for in fascinating Deutsch Derby
Your daily dose of the must-see matches
Evening all – another day bites the dust!
What’s going on in Hamburg? All of this…!
Doppler/Horst secure place in knockout round after comeback win
Meet the two heroes from the beach volleyball’s smallest nation
South Americans on top in the Hamburg sun
Peace and quiet and a cuppa the perfect preparation
Side courts anything but sideshows!
Five fabulous hours in store inside the Rothenbaum
Home favorites’ have a happy Wednesday in Hamburg
Brazilians on top on day one of the Pool Play
Main arena set for Thursday’s play in Hamburg
In-form Italians have cause to celebrate – even if it’s not their birthday!
Clemens Doppler is playing it cool in Hamburg after opening victory
Norwegian qualifiers test Brazil’s best
Sonny Hirini and Griffin Muller want to do the Haka at their first ever Klagenfurt Major
Early epic battle the morning highlight in Hamburg
The official Beach Majors store is open for business
Our guide to the games you can’t afford to miss today
Want to know who’s playing who in the Pool Play? Read on…
Rollercoaster day of qualification for German duo
Our first day in Hamburg flew by…and not without drama!
The countdown to Croatia is on!
Home fans can’t prevent Brazil’s girls from progress
German outsiders pull the crowds on opening day
A fantastic first hour at the Rothenbaum
Ever wondered where our beach volleyball stars hail from?
Double-edged drama in Major Series opener
Our very own mascot for this summer would like to introduce himself…
Greetings from Germany, the smart Major Hamburg is almost upon us
Lupo and Nicolai earn gold in thrilling final
Gold and bronze in Biel for German girls
German girls’ Rio dreams go down to the wire next week
We delve into the digits behind the first Major of 2016
It’s our mission to get you inside the Rothenbaum!
Rothenbaum receives a very special order ahead of Majors opener
Your all-you-need-to-know guide to beach volleyball Olympic qualification
Olympic qualification picture could become clearer in Switzerland
Deep respect for Adrian Carambula and Alex Ranghieri
Pack your bags and join us in Germany next week!
Croatian stars pining for Poreč success
Counting down the days to our first Major of the summer
Another week, another medal for in-form Americans!
Nummerdor and Varenhorst hit top form to overcome World Champs
Grinding for gold gets under way in Moscow Grand Slam
Main draw action gets under way in Moscow on Wednesday
Watch our latest video courtesy of our official YouTube channel!
Four German teams fight for two tickets to the Olympics
World’s best jet into Russia for the grandest of Grand Slams
Bring your skis! There’s snow in Gstaad
Brilliant Brazilians beat them all
American favorites fight back to win third gold of the season
12 host teams in contention for medals on home sand in Cincinnati
Alexander Brouwer always has a special guest in his bag
Hannes Jagerhofer once again awarded for his exceptional event organization
Amazing main draw reveal for opening Major Series of the summer
World famous beach undergoes its transformation
A run-down of the important dates at our first Major of the summer
Brazilian heroes’ Olympic honor
Americans eyeing domination on home soil before Rio
Reporters, photographers and presenters lend us your ears!
Brazil reign supreme in Under-21 World Championships
Brazilian star keeping it in the family
The English starlets laying a foundation for the future
Antalya Open action enters pivotal pool stage
Teenage girls become first Romanian women to reach FIVB tournament
Meet the quartet making a name for themselves in beach volleyball
Nothing stops Kerri Walsh Jennings – not even a dislocated shoulder…
The future of beach volleyball is in their hands!
Sand is swapped for snow in Sochi
All aboard for the Antalya Open
In-form Spaniards put to the sword by Swiss pair
Your chance to be part of Austria’s biggest event of the summer
Italians prevent home win for Russia
German joy as Hamburg joins the Swatch Major Series family
World Tour alumni are helping to develop the structures in beach volleyball
Russia ready for Sochi pool stage drama
The German stars going for glory on home sand
Hamburg joins the Swatch Major Series household!
Who’s who of beach volleyball head to Russia
Golden weekend for hosts on home sand
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Up and down day for Brazil in Fortaleza
Our tribute to Marcio Arango
Athletes darling Tim Simmons turns 69, but leaving the World Tour is out of the question
Gold check, bronze check, new born … check!
Big serving and big smiling Brazilian in the spotlight
Olympic hopes hang in the balance in Brazil
American gold rush in China
American superstar writes her name further into the record books
Straight-forward success for top dogs in China
The Olympic torch is lit ahead of Rio 2016
Your chance to rub shoulders with the stars
Blink and you’ll miss it! Pools drawn for women at Fuzhou Open
South Pacific islanders aiming for Copacabana dream
Top five seeds place one foot in second round
As if your day couldn’t get any better we’ve got these facts for you!
It’s tough going on tour but having fun helps!
Polish young stars among those to fall at final qualifying hurdle in China
While the World Tour athletes are fighting on the court thinking points and prize money, the people around them have to face different challenges.
We pay tribute to Chinese superstar Xue Chen
No rest for the wicked as world tour heads to Fuzhou
Unfancied Stefanie Schwaiger and Barbara Hansel seal silver in China
Spanish duo storm back and top podium at Xiamen Open
Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Depré waste no time in China
Men’s final four decided in China
American third seeds wave goodbye to knockout stage
One half of Canadian duo is desperate to help team-mate reach Rio
Get to know more about the city and tournament in China this week
Bryl and Kujawiak making a mockery of their 27th-seed status!
women are pool playing their way to the top
Canadian pair in imperious form as Xiamen Open knockout stage begins
Walsh Jennings and Ross eye more success in Xiamen
Xiamen qualifiers battle the elements to reach the pool stage
Forget the sun it’s stormy in China!
Excitement begins in China as men’s pools announced
Qualification complete as favorites advance to Xiamen Open main draw
Guess who’s back on the sand this weekend…
Can Americans and Swiss triumph in Xiamen again?
Packing is not always easy for World-Tour-Players – especially when the next stop is called China.
Carambula and Ranghieri triumph in Qatar to aid Olympic chances
Joy for Polish stars but disappointment for reigning champions
Beach baby on board – a toddler and his daddy at the FIVB World Tour
Australia’s Chris McHugh and Isaac Kapa have won a third Asian Beach Volleyball title, defeating fellow Australians Bo Soderberg and Cole Durant in three sets at Manly Beach. Another Australian team, Josh Court and Damien Schumann, won the bronze medal.
This week’s highlights, high-lows, high-everything’s
Walsh/Ross prove that being friends, on and off the court is what makes champions!
Do you think the athletes can even breathe?
Up close and personal with Alison Cerruti
The new member of the Lupo family...
This Weeks highlights, high-lows, high-everything’s
Let us bask in the glory that is Italia
Beach volleyball is played everywhere, how does the climate affect the game?
The FIVB World Tour Moves to its next Destination
Something you didn’t know about beach volleyball pro - Kerri Walsh
A warm welcome and big shout out to our brand new mascot
What a way to end the Vitoria Open
Vitoria Open, on the way to the top
Vitoria Open means make or break
Pool Rounds continue and we are appealing to the champions to bring it…
It’s time to weed out the winners from the losers.
Reunited and it feels so good
Sand is still warm in Rio as players prepare for Vitória Open
Top teams eliminated and new winners crowned
Teams start their journey home as knock-out rounds begin at Rio Grand Slam
Who Do You Want To Party With On The Beach This Summer?
German women effortlessly break down Brazil’s stronghold
T’is the season where days are longer, nights are warmer and clothes are made for… Beach Volleyball
Today marks the first serve on the Rio Center Court
The FIVB Beach Volleyball world tour returns to Rio de Janeiro and it’s going to be hot!
A beach volleyball legend decided to retire from his professional sporting career.
Gold for Brazil and the USA
Check out our Facebook and have a chance to win
Maceió Open is one out of three upcoming FIVB World Tour events in Brazil
Pool Play at FIVB tournaments follows new rules
Stavanger Major Champions Antonelli/Juliana split after a missed qualification for the Olympics 2016.
USA’s Kerri Walsh Jennings underwent her fifth shoulder surgery in September 2015, a few years after her fourth surgery, shortly before heading into the London 2012 Olympic Games, where she eventually won her third consecutive gold medal with Misty May-Treanor.
Pedro Salgado Solberg comes from one of Brazil’s most well-known beach volleyball families.
Brazil’s beach volleyball stars will begin what is sure to be a huge year for them when the Brazil Beach Volleyball Tour returns with a stop in Niterói at the end of January (28 – 31).
European Champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst have had some tough times in the past year or two, but now the pair is able to look ahead to the Rio Olympics with a bit more confidence.
The stars of the 2015-16 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will return to action in one month when the Kish Open takes place from February 15-19.
With just 190 days to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, preparations have begun in earnest for Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca and their coach Reis Castro. The Brazilian duo, who have been training in Fortaleza, Brazil, will focus on the Olympic Games.
The CEV works on further growth of beach volleyball in Europe
Beach volleyball will see six Age-Group World Championships in 2016 – three for women and three for men.
For Canadian beach volleyball star Kristina Valjas, 2016 offers the chance to continue a family tradition and become the second Olympian in her family.
An action-packed FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar awaits fans in 2015/2016, including five Grand Slams, three Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series stops, 14 Opens and the second edition of the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals. The top teams in the world will compete for prize money of $9 million.
Poland’s leading duo Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel have already begun their preparations for the continuation of the 2015-16 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour next year and the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
The Brazil Olympic Committee (COB) has named beach volleyball coach Leandro “Brachola” Andreão as their Coach of the Year in the single or doubles category. Brachola is the coach of world champions Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt
The South American Volleyball Confederation has laid out its calendar for the next two seasons to provide a pathway towards the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games and the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.
Dutch superstars Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst were elected best sports team of the year in the Netherlands.
Design our mascot and win a trip to its first place of action.
You don’t play like one of our star athletes? Don’t worry, now you can at least look like one. Get an original Swatch Major Series tank top for guys and girls.
Poreč Major has been honored with the ‘Golden Goat’. This annual prestigious Croatian event award, the „Zlatna Koza - Capra dóro Award“, stands for outstanding contribution in the field of marketing activities in Istrian tourism.
The Brazil Olympic Committee (COB) announced on Tuesday, the six personalities, including FIVB beach volleyball world champions Alison/Bruno and Agatha/Barbara, who are vying for the Athlete of the Year awards in the Brazil Olympic Awards 2015.
USA’s beach volleyball players will enjoy a month’s break before they resume training for the continuation of the 2015-16 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour and qualification for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
A Mini Volleyball Festival was held at Al-Awael Schools in Ramallah, Palestine, on Saturday last week.
The North American Volleyball Federation played the last tournament of the NORCEA Circuit two weeks ago in Trinidad and Tobago. Teams from the USA and Canada dominated the pole positions of both men and women.
The FIVB is pleased to announce that Hamburg, Germany will welcome an FIVB Beach Volleyball Word Tour Grand Slam event from June 7 through to June 12, 2016.
The 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball calendar featured a record purse of USD 9.6 mio. with a season that extended from April to October, competing at 20 venues in 15 countries. The schedule included five FIVB Grand Slams, three brand new Swatch Major Series events, four FIVB Opens and a spectacular Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in the USA. And 2016 is going to be even more impressive.
Thiago and Pedro Cunha, the Brazilian champions in 2010, overcame Bruno/Hevaldo 2-0 (23-21, 21-16) to win the fourth stage of the Brazilian Circuit Beach Volleyball Open 2015/2016, in Bauru last week.
Namibia is aiming high in beach volleyball and putting in place plans to ensure that in the years to come they will be among the leading African sites and eventually compete at the Swatch Major Series as well.
After the successful Doha Open last week, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) now takes just over two months off from the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
While the Australians dominated the Asian Championships in Hong Kong and the Oceania Continental Cup on the Cook Islands, the Gambians are preparing for the second round of the African Continental Cup. No matter where in the world - every team is focusing on Rio 2016.
Finishing an early start on the 2016 season in Mexico and Turkey, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) continues the qualifying process for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this week as the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour resumes with the men’s $75,000 FIVB Qatar Open.
The Norwegian city of Stavanger, which is also a Swatch Major Series alum, will host the final stage of the 2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup from June 22 to 26 in 2016. The competition winners will claim a spot for their country at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
All dates for the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour events are set. Check out the schedule below and be sure to mark your calendars accordingly:
All eyes are on the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series that kicked off its inaugural season in 2015! High-end VIP areas, an interactive vendor village and after parties until sunrise – Beach Volleyball at its highest level, combined with extraordinary entertainment and an outstanding crowd, pushing the athletes to the top of the podiums, that’s what the Swatch Major Series represents.
Continuing to add to her legacy, Brazil’s brilliant Larissa Franca topped another amazing season on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2015 by being voted the winner of three season awards including the women’s Most Outstanding Player.
A week after celebrating his 29th birthday, Bruno Oscar Schmidt capped off a “record-setting” season with Brazilian partner Alison Cerutti by being recognized as the 2015 FIVB World Tour’s most outstanding men’s player while gathering three other post-season awards.
President Dr. Graça met beach volleyball legends past and present during the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale.
Sunday’s medal rounds at the inaugural Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals set a new standard for the sport, and provided a jawdropping preview of the level of play to come when beach volleyball takes center stage at the 2016 Olympics.
#1 Brazilians, Alison and Bruno deliver decisive 2-set win over local Americans Phil and Nick, earning yet another gold medal and the USD 100,000 prize purse for the gold and green.
The Brazilian dominance continues on Center Court with Larissa and Talita defeating Germany’s Ludwig and Walkenhorst in 2 sets. (21-17, 21-18)
Thousands of excited fans showed up early to catch the morning’s bronze medal matches at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale.
The Brazilians came out on fire in the men's bronze medal match on Center Court in front of a capacity crowd. Pedro and Evandro handed Brouwer/Meeuwsen a loss and snagged 3rd place.
In a great 3-set match this morning, Brazil’s Agatha and Barbara claimed the bronze medal by defeating Canada’s Pavan and Bansley (22-10, 14-21, 15-10)
The sixth and final day of competition will decide which teams are going to be crowned as World Tour Finals Champion.
Heads were turning at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park as beach volleyball players and fans alike spotted three iconic players from the past: José Geraldo Loiola of Brazil and Americans Randy Stoklos and Sinjin Smith – who, as it turns out, are pretty big fans themselves.
Sunday - 2:30PM ET: World Champs vs South Florida Heroes
In Sunday’s gold medal matches at the prestige tournament of the FIVB World Tour, the USA will face Brazilian men, and Brazilian women will try to topple a stellar team from Germany. After the explosive action of Saturday’s Semifinals, the medal clashes will be unmissable.
The Men’s Final is set. USA and Brazil defeat their rivals in the semifinals to set up the most anticipated finals of the year - Dalhausser/Lucena (USA) vs Alison/Bruno (BRA).
Over 4,000 expected on Center Court today to participate in the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals at South Beach Park.
It was an absolute Brazilian/German Power Show on Center Court mid-day at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals.
Morning Quarterfinals for the men in Fort Lauderdale have set up afternoon Semifinal showdowns where World Champions from Brazil will face rivals from their home country and former World Champions from the USA and the Netherlands will face off in the other men’s Semi.
Early morning matches on Center Court gave us two new winners and set up an epic pair of semifinals scheduled for 2:30PM ET and 3:30PM ET.
Looking ahead to an action-packed Playoff Saturday with several high-profile match-ups that should give us an unbelievable weekend as we move into the elimination rounds.
Several high-profile match-ups should give us an unbelievable weekend as we move into the elimination rounds.
Results were coming fast and furious in the FIVB’s newest tournament on Friday afternoon, with women’s Quarterfinals and the conclusion of men’s Pool play. While two pairs of Dutch men windmilled their way out of the pool, two home-country US teams were eliminated.
With the women’s quarterfinal coming to a close here on day 4 of competition, the Canadians and Brazilians came out victorious.
Universal Sports Network will be airing two exciting live matches today.
The women’s matches have been the tightest and most unpredictable of the tournament. While Brazilian women clinched Pool B Friday morning, Germany upset their plans for Pool A.
Americans Lauren Fendrick and April Ross won an energetic 3-set match against the Spanish team of Liliana and Baquerizo this morning (21-11, 19-21, 15-9).
Americans Emily Day and Jen Kessy lost a 3-set heart-breaker to the Dutch team of Meppelink and Van Iersel early this morning (21-16, 20-22, 7-15).
The pressure is on today at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals with the women’s quarterfinals slated to begin at 2PM EDT.
The fourth of six days of competition in the USD 500,000 Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals will feature a 12-match schedule Friday with play on two courts at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.
Four teams from Brazil, Germany and the USA remained unbeaten through Thursday and clinched playoff births. The rest of the field must battle on through Friday and come up with wins to solidify their positions in the elimination rounds.
The USA, Germany and two teams from Brazil were the first to climb out of the pools in the most momentous tournament of the FIVB World Tour season on Thursday.
The last match of the day proved to be as exciting as everyone hoped.
The German team of Ludwig/Walkenhorst handed USA’s top seeded Fendrick/Ross their first loss of the tournament today.
In the men’s and women’s play at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals, only the top three teams in each pool will advance.
USA’s wildcard team of Emily Day and Jen Kessy pulled out a tough win over Germany this morning in hopes of getting back into the top 3 in their pool.
If they can’t dig deep and pull out some wins, several teams are facing the possibility of an early exit from the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals. Only the top 3 teams from each pool will move on into the weekend.
The action at Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale will escalate today when Pool play for men and women continues, as the winner of each pool earns a precious bye past the first elimination round.
Americans Emily Day and Jen Kessy will face off against the German up-and-comers Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude at 11AM ET on Center Court.
In a day filled with exceptional matchups, the headline event at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals on Wednesday was a three-set thriller!
As a new prestige beach volleyball tournament makes its debut in Fort Lauderdale this week, high fliers from the powerhouse nations of Brazil and the USA took their rivalry to neutral territory.
The most anticipated match of the day did not disappoint as world “heavyweights” Dalhausser/Lucena (USA) defeated Bruno/Alison (BRA) in three sets today (18-21, 21-16, 15-11).
After an upset loss on Day One of the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals, the top-seeded Americans showed just what they’re made of on Wednesday Morning with a win against Spain despite injury to Casey Patterson.
Today we get an overdose of dominating Brazilian teams taking on the favored American home teams.
For the American men’s team Patterson/Gibb and US women’s team Day/Kessy, the sense of urgency to come back with a decisive win today is very real.
The Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals launched Tuesday at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park where three of the four "wild card" entrants in the international Beach Volleyball event posted opening pool play match wins.
The first-ever Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals that got underway in Fort Lauderdale on September 29 is already shaping up to be the most important tournament of the season. Wild card upsets and medical drama were only part of the surprises, with more to come as Pool Play continues for the teams from eight nations on Wednesday.
Cheer on your favorite Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals players from all over the world during the global takeover at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.
Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson hit an Italian wall today on Center Court.
Top international teams contend for $100,000 first-place prizes in historic first Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals on Sept. 29–Oct. 4
All games on Day One of the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals are being held on the spectacular sands of the oceanside Center Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, giving spectators an exciting kickoff to the sizzling action this week.
Ending the 2015 regular-season last week in China, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) is back in the United States for the inaugural USD 500,000 Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals.
Brazil has always been a world force in the sport of beach volleyball, but this year they have dominated on a level that can only be described as inspired.
Game is on, Party is on – Fort Lauderdale is ready for the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals!
Athletes from all of the world arrived in Fort Lauderdale as the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals Center Court undergoes finishing touches on the sands of South Beach Park.
Who's excited for the tournament of the year?
For Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals participants Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, it was “milestone” Saturday in China.
Two of the top US model agencies will spike on Center Court during the semi-finals at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals. This is an exhibition match you won’t want to miss!
Have you ever wondered how professional female athletes juggle motherhood and staying at the top of their game? We sat down with Olympic athlete, Jen Kessy, to find out what that life is really like.
Is the coveted ‘beach body’ an actual fitness goal for beach athletes or is it the result of high performance training? We dig in with U.S.A. Strength & Conditioning Sport Physiologist, Timothy Pelot, to discuss that and more.
Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals starts on September 29. As the match schedule is released, the countdown to the greatest event in beach volleyball history begins.
With the withdrawal of the Italian team of Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri, the tandem was replaced by compatriots Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai.
The USA, Brazil, Canada, The Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Italy, and Germany will be represented at these 2015 Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals - going head to head on the sands of one of the most beautiful beaches in South Florida.
In two weeks’ time, the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale will set a new standard of quality in beach volleyball.
The lines in the sand have been drawn. The best beach volleyball athletes in the world have earned the right to pack their bags and head to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the ultimate showdown of 2015.
First-ever Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals to take place on Fort Lauderdale Beach, with the top beach volleyball teams in the world to assemble in South Florida for their final face-off on the road to Rio and the 2016 Olympic Games
Sarah Pavan, a 6-foot-5 indoor volleyball star, had to confess she knew nothing about Beach Volleyball. But she had that dream of going to the Olympics.
The Field for the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale is nearly set, but which teams will receive the much desired Wild Cards?
As the 2015 FIVB World Tour season winds down, the planet’s beach volleyball fans continue to closely watch the “Road to Rio” for the 2016 Olympic Games.
In its first year, the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series has seen three incredible stops around the world and now all eyes turn toward the USA. In one month the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals, the last event of the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, takes over Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Brazilian beach volleyball world champions Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt (4120 points) and Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas (5060 points) have earned quota places for their National Olympic Committee (NOC)/National Federation (NF) at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. They also currently top the Provisional Olympic Rankings for men and women respectively.
Nearly all Brazilian teams turned the Swatch Major Series tour stops and the Grand Slams to a big success story. How will the Brazilian volleyball federation decide which of the all successful teams will participate in Olympics 2016 in Rio?
The 2015 edition of the CEV Beach Volleyball European Championship Final was one of a kind. As many as 87,000 fans flocked to the venue set up on the shores of the Wörthersee to enjoy the best Beach Volleyball party of the year!
Olympic hopefuls, Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal officially ended their two-and-a-half year partnership on Monday
Hang around a beach volleyball tournament for any length of time, and you'll figure out one thing fast: almost everybody has a nickname (whether they know it or not). Some are affectionate, some are snarky and others demonstrate profound respect, but all are a window into the personalities of the players.
The stakes are high and the spots for participants are limited. Find out who has the best chances to compete in the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale.
Julius Brink recaps the Gstaad Major in his blog and points out his highlights of the tour stop in Switzerland – An emotional rollercoaster included.
One week, two triumphs: On Sunday, July 12, Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt validated the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship they won only seven days earlier by earning gold at the Swatch Major Series stop in Gstaad, Switzerland. Latvia and the Netherlands completed the Swiss podium.
Medal rounds are set for the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series stop in Gstaad, Switzerland on Sunday afternoon, where the gold medal match will pit the new FIVB World Championship winners from Brazil against the reigning FIVB World Tour champs from Latvia.
Four top men’s beach volleyball teams will contend for Swatch Major Series gold in the thin mountain air of Gstaad, Switzerland on July 12, where impressive series newcomers from Latvia have veterans from Brazil, Italy and the Netherlands looking over their shoulders.
Brazilian beach volleyball showed the extent of its power at the Gstaad Major on July 11, as Larissa França and Talita Antunes claimed Brazil’s third Swatch Major Series gold in a row.
After gripping comeback in Quarter Finals, American beach volleyball superstar withdraws from Swatch Major Series in Gstaad, Switzerland.
The only thing certain about the women’s Semifinals at the Swatch Major Series in Switzerland on July 11 is that all eyes will be on American Kerri Walsh Jennings, who overcame injury in the Quarters to play another day. By taking out the new FIVB world champions Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas of Brazil, the gutsy superstar and her teammate April Ross have opened up the field.
In the biggest show of heart that the Swatch Major Series has ever seen, three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings powered through the agony of a fresh shoulder injury to eliminate powerful new world champions from Brazil in the Gstaad Major Quarter Finals on Friday.
Morning women’s action at the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series stop in Gstaad, Switzerland on July 10 set up fascinating early afternoon matchups, including Canada vs. Canada and two contests pitting Brazil against the USA. It all leads up to the drama of Quarter Finals in the evening.
Straight from winning the FIVB World Championship in The Hague on July 5, Brazilian beach volleyball stars Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt headed toward Gstaad, Switzerland to contend in the Swatch Major Series. Before battling for precious Olympic qualifying points at the tournament, the athletes cooled down from the heat of Worlds and cleared their heads at a spectacular Swiss glacier.
At the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series on Thursday, American legend Kerri Walsh Jennings and her partner April Ross moved only one win away from a potential clash with new world champions Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas of Brazil. Meanwhile, the free-for-all of the men’s pools started to show some shape.
The physicality of Pool play took its toll at the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series stop in Gstaad, Switzerland on July 9, with women from Germany and Canada making medical forfeits as the day opened, while the men began to launch their own battles in multi-match group contention.
Among all the high-profile players at the Gstaad Major, none will be more closely followed than the woman who is perhaps the best beach volleyball player in history, Kerri Walsh Jennings of the USA, who returns to the FIVB World Tour after recovering from injury. She and her partner April Ross are making their Swatch Major Series debut, and, as always, they’ve come to win.
Both men and women are in Main Draw play at the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series in Gstaad, Switzerland on Thursday, July 9. And the competition is so packed with talent that the new world champions aren’t even the top seeds.
How strong is the Brazilian field looking to earn Olympic qualifying points at the Gstaad Major?
Women’s Pool play has only just begun at the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series stop in Switzerland, but teams have already thrown themselves into the deep end, with Canadian and Chinese contenders launching an opening set that featured a thrilling 14 set-point saves. Meanwhile, the new world champions had an easier morning as the road to Rio continues.
Over 50 matches will go down at the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series in Gstaad on Wednesday, July 8, with the top women’s teams in the sport making a splash in Pool play, while men work to earn a Main Draw spot through Qualifying matches.
Following completion of the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship on July 5, the quest for Olympic qualifying points resumes faster than an ace serve, with the season's third Swatch Major Series stop, Gstaad, Switzerland on July 7–12. Women's matches have just begun, and the new world titleholders – both men and women –have come to the scenic mountain village to prove themselves all over.
What’s the most asked question at the Center Court and Trade Village here in Gstaad? Will the Brazilian domination be broken this week?
Temperatures are rising, shorts and skirts are getting even shorter, and the birds are singing! It’s time for the Gstaad Major 2015.
Brazil claimed its first men’s gold in the Swatch Major Series at Stavanger, Norway on June 14, mirroring the triumph of Brazilian women the night before. Collecting silver and bronze, Poland’s men set a benchmark of their own.
Volunteer at Stavanger Major, Karoline Halvorsen won the heli-trip over Stavanger for using the InstantBeachApp. She and her friend got to see CenterCourt from above in the crystal clear Sunday sunshine.
Medal battles at the Swatch Major Series in Stavanger, Norway start Sunday at 14:30 CET
The ever-changing weather of the rugged west coast of Norway is one of the aspects that make Stavanger Major an interesting and unique Stop at the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series.
And then there were four. Brazil, Italy and two teams from Poland will fight for the gold medal – and a Viking sword – at the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series in Stavanger, Norway on June 14.
For the second week in a row, Brazilian women struck gold in the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series – this time on June 13 in Stavanger, Norway. The South American powerhouse also earned silver, with the Netherlands seizing bronze.
The Stavanger Major Series got a visit from the sky above Saturday, as the Red Bull Sky Dive Team aimed to land right inside the Centre Court. Do you think they succeeded?
Chess and beach volleyball proved to be an exciting mix at Stavanger Major.
Medal matches at the Swatch Major Series in Stavanger, Norway kick off Saturday at 16:00 CET
At the Stavanger Major on June 12, Quarter Finals determined which women will move on to Saturday's Semi Finals and medal rounds. Brazil, Germany and the Netherlands will do battle.
The Beach Camp at the Stavanger Major let little toddlers play and learn beach volleyball very same sand that on which the world’s top players compete. This little dream factory evidently plants lasting impressions, as well as important seeds for the future of the sport.
The weekend weather looks great, the players are ready and Center Court is pumping with action. We got a world class, beautiful looking beach volleyball weekend on our hands. This is your chance: Come join us!
With medal matches only a day away, sixteen women's beach volleyball teams contested morning elimination matches at the Stavanger Major on June 12. In men's Pool play, Brazilian legends crushed American hopes.
With the women’s pool play ending yesterday with no Norwegian teams left in the mix, the host nation of Stavanger Major has only the men left to rely on. We had a chat with Iver Horrem and Geir Eithun on their upcoming match today.
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Adrian Carambula hitting it
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The USA's Casey Patterson and Jake Gibb will battle like warriors in hopes of fulfilling a long-standing dream: Climb to the top of the podium and claim the Stavanger Major prize – a replica of an actual Viking sword, traditionally presented to winners in the city.
Men’s Main Draw is well underway here in beautiful Stavanger. Here are some of the top men teams to turn heads for.
No 1 and 2 in Norwegian chess, Magnus Carlsen and Jon Ludvig Hammer, will be mixing it up at Stavanger Major!
The downtown Stavanger harbour area, Vågen, is turned upside down these days. Check it out during the week of 8 - 14 June.
Day three at the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series stop in Stavanger is a day in the pool: group Pool play. Men dive into the start of these Main Draw matches, while by evening the women will know who will emerge from the pool and into Friday's Quarter Finals.
Forty-eight hours of beach volleyball across four courts in one cold, rainy day left its victims at the Stavanger Major on Wednesday. The Italian bronze medalists from the Poreč Major are out, while Canadians look strong.
Brazilian beach volleyball star Talita Antunes shocked fans and opponents alike when she and her partner Larissa Franca – on a six-event winning streak including the Swatch Major Series premiere in Poreč, Croatia – withdrew from the Stavanger Major just before the start of Main Draw play. Here, in her own words, is what happened.
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It was all about the men Wednesday morning at the Swatch Major Series in Stavanger, Norway, and the Brazilians continued to roll. In the afternoon, women's Pool play will join in, including the tournament's top seeds as well as podium finishers from the Poreč Major.
After a sunny start here with qualifications in Stavanger its time to get down to business. A day of hard work is upon us, as the 32 women's teams in the Main Draw battle it out. Here are some of the teams to look out for.
With 24 men's Qualification matches and 32 women's Main Draw bouts, day two of the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series will see more than 48 hours of action, with some of the best in the sport battling toward Olympic qualifying points in Stavanger, Norway on June 10.
With both woman qualification rounds and men’s Country Quota on the menu, the day would provide plenty of action. And as it progressed, it proved to be the day for twins in Stavanger!
We’ll guarantee you that you will get that instant beach vibe at StavangerMajor. In fact, we´ve even made an app for you never to miss it!
We are well underway with the woman qualification today as the sunny weather hits Stavanger harbour full force.
The system of Country Quota was played in Beach Volleyball until 2012. And now it’s back!
The hustle and bustle has reached Stavanger full force as Stavanger Major officially starts tomorrow. We could not be more exited!
The Netherlands claimed the first-ever Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series gold in men's competition at Poreč, Croatia on Sunday, June 7, while Canada went home with silver and Italy took bronze.
Medal matches at the Poreč Major get underway at 13:30 CET Sunday afternoon
Brazil earned the first-ever Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series gold in Poreč Croatia on Saturday, June 6, with silver and bronze going to Canada and Australia in women's competition. Men's Semi Final matchups are set ahead of medal round duals as the road to Rio continues on Sunday.
Medal matches at the Poreč Major get underway at 17:00 CET Saturday afternoon
More than a ball flying by
Breathtaking beach volleyball is only part of the story here in Poreč this weekend.
For the women, it all comes down to today. By sundown, one team will be wearing the first Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series gold ever awarded.
There’s plenty of men’s play Saturday, and every match is an elimination.
The conditions for beach volleyball couldn’t be any better.
Two underdog women's teams from Canada and another from Australia earned an unlikely advance to the Semi Finals in day four of the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series on Friday, while men's Pool Play saw Austrians launch an upset and – in Elimination – first and second seeded contenders from Brazil go head to head.
There’s more to beach volleyball than meets the eye. As the second Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series tournament heats up in Stavanger, Norway, here’s info to make you feel like an insider.
Canada upset Spain while two German teams went head to head for survival in the women's Elimination rounds as the road to Rio continued on day four of the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series on Friday. Matchups are now set for the opening women's Quarter Final battles this afternoon.
POREČ (Croatia) – Throngs of spectators were dancing in the Center Court grandstands on the third day of play (June 4) in Poreč, Croatia, where the opening tournament of the new Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series is surpassing even the high expectations of the sport's fans and athletes.
The action is amazing on the side courts, too, and the fans are supporting the athletes at Valamar Zagreb Hotel, where side courts 2 to 4 are located, and at Zelena Laguna Resort, where side courts 5 and 6 can be found.
Need a quick introduction to the teams you really should look out for in Stavanger Major this year? This is the super short-list!
It's Thursday at the Poreč Major and Center Court is completely full. One of the world’s top teams (BRA) just played against the local heroes.
The second day of play here in Poreč saw big names as well as a big breakthrough.
There’s more to beach volleyball than meets the eye. As the first Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series tournament heats up in Poreč, Croatia, here’s info to make you feel like an insider.
If you’re in Poreč, it’s not too late to catch Wednesday action in the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series! Matches continue into the evening, so swing over to a court near you.
Highlights of the women's qualification at the first ever tournament of the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series: Poreč Major
POREČ (Croatia) – Sporting history was made Tuesday as the first-ever Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series was launched in Poreč, Croatia with a VIP press conference and explosive early-round action.
Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series – historic first tournament in Porec
Historic first Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series tournament on the Istrian Coast
The system of Country Quota was played in Beach Volleyball until 2012. And now it’s back!
ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC & FOOD: The host city for the second stop of the 2015 Swatch Major Series this June 9–14 is known to many as Norway’s oil capital and a hub for business, but the colorful destination is much more than that! Here’s a tasteof the fun you can find in Stavanger when you visit.
According to the jury of Norway’s Most Attractive City award, this year's beach volleyball party June 9–14 has a very special host city. Stavanger East was recently named one of three finalists for the Most Attractive City honor that will be awarded in June.
Poreč is ready to host the first event of the Swatch Major Series from June 2–7! The beautiful Croatian city by the sea welcomes the best teams in Beach Volleyball next week for action that’s part of the Olympic qualifying process. Here are some fun facts and figures about the tournament!
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Beach volleyball is finally back in Stavanger! And it’ll be bigger, more exciting and more fun than ever.
In only a few days Poreč welcomes the best Beach Volleyball players of the world. Fascinating matches are therefore guaranteed! Besides, best entertainment waits for the visitors and beach volleyball lovers on the beautiful coast of Istria.
Make the most out of the long weekend and come to Poreč, Croatia to be part of the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series kick-off event #PorecMajor – supporting the top players on their way to Rio.
Get your sunglasses, swimming trunks and sunscreen ready, call your friends together – and off to Poreč! Start the summer on the Istrian Coast with lots of sunshine and best beach volleyball entertainment at #PorecMajor (2 – 7 June 2015)!
Each year, at the end of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, an Award Winning ceremony is held. The best players are awarded for outstanding achievements in different segments of the competition. Prizes are awarded on the basis of votes cast by players, coaches , judges and official organizers and therefore, selected players really are the best of the best.
Coming up soon: sand games & beach feelings conquer the coast of Istria. Be part of the first tournament of the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series 2015 and immerse into the world of Beach Volleyball.
Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series starts its $800.000 prize tournaments in Poreč, Croatia. Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series as part of the FIVB World Tour will start its 2015 calendar with the first stop in Poreč, Croatia, where the 32 of the world's best men and women Beach Volleyball teams will gather from June 2-7 to provide Peškera bay with a unique sports and entertainment event.
Volleyball is only for girls – that’s what Julius Brink was told when he was a little boy and so he started to play basketball. It didn’t take long, however, before the Leverkusen-born switched to volleyball at the age of 8.
Nadine Zumkehr and Joana Heidrich became partners in 2013 and are among Europe’s best teams. At the Gstaad tournament they delighted their fans by winning the 5th place match.
Austria’s number one beach volleyball team, Clemens Doppler and Alex Horst, about the news of the upcoming Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series, which has created a pleasant surprise at the greatest beach spots on this planet: “During the past weeks we trained with many international players and of course there was a lot of talk about the Major Series. Everybody is really excited about it.”
Zurich, Switzerland; 26 February 2015 – the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) today announced a historic new partnership agreement with the Beach Major Company - a joint venture between Hannes Jagerhofer (Acts) and Red Bull - demonstrating FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F°’s commitment to sport innovation as he looks to secure volleyball’s position as the most engaging sport entertainment