2007 PAF OPEN
PAF Open – the most
exciting sports event in the Nordic region!
The Swatch FIVB World Tour and all the world’s beach volleyball stars will
converge on Finland and Sweden for the PAF Open, which is hosted by the city of
Mariehamn on the Åland Islands. It is the first time that two national
federations have joined forces to stage a World Tour event and it is the first
time such an event is hosted in Finland.
A beautiful island
Åland is a beautiful archipelago which has about 25,000 permanent residents but
every year attracts more than 2 million visitors. It is the perfect spot in many
ways but for beach volleyball one of the greatest advantages will be that Åland
has the most sunshine hours in the entire Nordic region.
The aim of PAF Open is to contribute to the development of beach volleyball in Finland
and Sweden, and both volleyball associations have therefore seen Åland,
in the middle of the Baltic Sea and the Nordic countries, as the perfect spot.
Biggest beach volleyball
“The PAF Open is the biggest thing to happen in beach volleyball at our
latitude. During my years on the World Tour, I’ve seen with my own eyes the
importance for the development of the sport to have a World Tour event on your
home ground,” says two-time Olympian Simon Dahl, Tournament Director of PAF
By investing in PAF Open, Åland’s gaming company, PAF, will create a world-class
event in an Olympic sport that benefits the whole of the Åland tourist business
and also the development of the sport on Åland and in the Nordic countries.
If you like world-class beach volleyball, excitement, laughter, dancing and
cheering, Åland is the place to be between 14th to 19th of August.
Welcome to the PAF Open!