Beach Volleyball - Frankfurt, Germany, July 3, 2014 - Kira Walkenhorst, the 2013 and 2014 European bronze medalist, has been suffering from the aftermath of a viral infection. The 23-year-old blocker contracted the Epstein-Barr virus in January and has struggled to regain form. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Bangkok, Thailand, June 19, 2014 - With the qualification process for the beach volleyball competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics less than a year away, Petcharat Pootsorn is preparing Thailand's women’s teams for the next edition of the Summer Games.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, May 14, 2014 - At 1.96m, Bibiana Candelas ranks as one of the tallest women on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, and now the 2008 Mexican Olympian is competing with Martha Revuelta as the second-year partnership strives to become one of the highly-regarded teams on the international circuit.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, May 7, 2014 – With continued political unrest in Thailand, the promoters of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Open in Phuket have informed the FIVB of their decision to cancel the event scheduled for October 15 to 19. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, April 19, 2014 - On the eve of the beginning of another dynamic international schedule on all five continents, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) has announced that the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball Media Guide is now available online on the FIVB website. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, April 15, 2014 – The pre-season preparations for another bumper year of FIVB beach volleyball reached a crescendo following a two-day FIVB Beach Volleyball Technical Supervisor and Referee Delegates Seminar, which was held at the FIVB headquarters in Lausanne on Tuesday and Wednesday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Belgrade, Serbia, April 15, 2014 – Sinisa Antonic and Marko Galesev will write history for their country later this month as Serbia’s first beach volleyball duo to compete at an FIVB Grand Slam tournament. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Melbourne, Australia, April 12, 2014 - They came together almost as an afterthought, but this month Australians Damien Schumann and Joshua Court are taking their first steps on the international beach volleyball circuit.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, April 9, 2014 – The Brazil Volleyball Federation (CBV) has confirmed that it will hold a Grand Slam event from September 23 to 28, one of ten double gender Grand Slam events on the cards for the 2014 Beach Volleyball season. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, April 7, 2014 – This year’s Long Beach and Transavia Grand Slams just got more interesting with the historic announcement that the two events will carry a pot of $1 million in prize money. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Santa Monica, USA, March 24, 2014 – USA Volleyball will hold its first ever playoffs for an FIVB World Tour Grand Slam beach event on March 26 at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, California.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, March 19, 2014 – The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has announced the postponement of the Fortaleza Grand Slam to later on in the year in a series of changes made to the 2014 Beach Volleyball Calendar on Wednesday.... Read full news
A record $10.2m in prize money, 10
Grand Slams, an inaugural FIVB Grand Slam Final and 11 Open tournaments
are the highlights of a record-breaking 2014 beach volleyball calendar.
With the aim of providing athletes with more opportunities to participate, the FIVB confirmed a total of 10 double-gender Grand Slams for the 2014 season, supplemented by a further seven double-gender and four single-gender Open tournaments, which represents a significant increase on the 10 Grand Slams and four Open tournaments which featured along with the World Championships in 2013 and carried total prize money of $6.4m. The previous record prize money for a season was $7.5m in 2011.
For the first time in FIVB history, two of the Grand Slams (The Hague and Long Beach) will have a prize pot of $1m, while the other eight will feature a total purse of $800,000 – nearly double the prize money of $440,000 on offer for Grand Slams in 2013.
When the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour kicks off at the Fuzhou Open in China on April 22, the race will be on to see who will be crowned kings and queens of the sand.
Beach volleyball’s stars will be out to pick up as many points as possible from the Grand Slam and Open tournaments as they strive to follow in the footsteps of 2013 female winners Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima from Brazil and Latvian male champions Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs.
The tournaments will spread across the five continents and take the sport to all areas of the globe before they conclude with the Durban Open on the shores of South Africa’s Indian Ocean from December 9 to 14.
If 2014 is anything like 2013, athletes and supporters alike will be in for another memorable season.