The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar will feature a FIVB-record 10 Grand Slam events along with the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World
Championships in Stare Jablonki, Poland. The FIVB has also launched a new initiative in 2013 which includes eight Open events spread throughout the world
to help open the door for development of the sport. The schedule starts in April and concludes in December. 2013 marks the 26
anniversary of the first FIVB
beach volleyball event held February 17-22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The gold medal was won by USA’s Sinjin Smith/Randy Stoklos. The men’s World Tour began
in 1989, the women’s in 1992. Smith/Stoklos were the champions of the inaugural season in 1989-90.
−− The international beach volleyball circuit will visit 19 sites in 16 countries over an eight-month period.
−− With the 2013 calendar featuring 18 women’s and 15 men’s events within the African, Asian, European and South American confederations, the FIVB
international calendar will offer $6.87 million in prize money, including $5.4 million on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
−− All 10 FIVB World Tour Grand Slam events will be combined events for women and men. Five of the FIVB Open events will be double-gender and three will
be women-only.
−− Women’s-only Open tournaments will be in Great Britain (London), China (Xiamen) and Thailand (Phuket).
−− The new Grand Slam events this year will be in Argentina (Corrientes), The Netherlands (The Hague), USA (Long Beach, Calif.), and Brazil (São Paulo).
−− The $4.4 million FIVB World Tour Grand Slam series will also return to 2012 venues in China (Shanghai), Italy (Rome), Switzerland (Gstaad), Germany (Berlin),
Russia (Moscow) and China (Beijing).
−− Gstaad has staged 12 FIVB-sanctioned beach volleyball events. Gstaad hosted the FIVB World Championships in 2007.
−− Poland (Stare Jablonki) is hosting the $1 million FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships for the first time. Stare Jablonki has hosted nine men’s and five
women’s FIVB World Tour events including several Grand Slam events.
−− The opening event on the 2013 FIVB World Tour calendar for the first time in tour history will be the double-gender Shanghai Grand Slam April 30-May 5.
The first FIVB Open event will be the Fuzhou Open on April 23-28 as China host four FIVB international tournaments in 2013, including a second FIVB World
Tour Grand Slam in Beijing on October 6-9.
−− The 2013 FIVB World Tour Grand Slam series will conclude in Brazil (São Paulo) on October 9-13. The FIVB Open schedule will end in South Africa (Durban
Open) with a double gender event on December 11-15.
−− For the first time in beach volleyball history, the international Beach Volleyball calendar will also feature FIVB World Championships for players under the age
of 23, under the age of 21 and under the age of 19. FIVB age-group worlds for U21 and U19 have been held for over a decade, but 2013 will be the first
for U23. Myslowice, Poland will host the 2013 FIVB U23 World Championships June 6-9, while Umag, Croatia will host the FIVB U21 World Championships
June 20-23 and Porto, Portugal will host the 2013 FIVB U19 World Championships July 11-14.
−− Brazil (Campinas) will host the inaugural FIVB World Cup Final that involved all FIVB confederations, May 29-June 2.
−− IMG Sports Media will continue to have the exclusive distribution media rights for the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
−− For the fourth straight year, the tour will exclusively use the Mikasa VLS 300 ball.