Grant Goldschmidt (left) and Freedom Chiya were South Africa's representatives at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Durban, South Africa, July 31, 2013 – South Africa’s surf capital Durban will bring the curtain down on the 2013 beach volleyball season when the city hosts the Durban Open from December 11-15.
New Beach is the venue for the tournament and the Indian Ocean location is used to hosting beach volleyball having been the venue for the third leg of the South African National Beach Volleyball Tour in July.
It is the first time since 2006 that South Africa has hosted an FIVB event. Durban organised an Open in 1996, while Cape Town previously hosted an Open event in 1995 and then in 2004 and 2005.
Last year Grant Goldschmidt and Freedom Chiya made history as the first South Africans to compete at an Olympic Games when they finished in 19th place at London 2012.
As part of a new development strategy focused on the new Olympic cycle, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Council decided that FIVB Beach Volleyball Opens would no longer be part of the World Tour in 2013 and put in place an intermediate property that provides more opportunities for athletes worldwide to play.
With a total of seven FIVB Beach Volleyball Opens on the 2013 calendar comprising five double-gender and two women-only tournaments, there are numerous possibilities for athletes to compete in high quality, international competition. Over the course of the year more Open events can be added to the schedule, to ensure that all five Confederations will host an FIVB event in 2013.
With a guaranteed purse of US$75,000 per gender, the bonus pool will push the total purse for the event to nearly $120,000 per gender.
The 2013 FIVB World Ranking system will include Beach Volleyball events at inter-continental, continental and national levels. In another significant change, the format of all the tournaments – whether FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Grand Slam or a FIVB Beach Volleyball Open – will be the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination rounds.