The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will begin April 30-May 5
with a Grand Slam event in Shanghai, China and the calendar includes
the United States for the first time since 2003 as Long Beach, California
will host a Grand Slam from July 23-28. The Tour is scheduled to end
November 20-24 with a Grand Slam in Dubai.
The other key element in the FIVB international calendar will be three
age-group FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships with the U23
event being held in Myslowice, Poland (June 6-9), the U21 in Umag,
Croatia (June 20-23) and the U19 in Larnaka, Cyprus (July 11-14).
There have been a total of 283 men’s international beach volleyball
events since the FIVB began competition in the sport in 1987 with
its first event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a total of 245 women’s
international events since the FIVB began competition in 1992 with its
first event in Almeria, Spain.
With all of the changes rapidly developing within the FIVB, one
thing remains constant…the world’s best men’s and women’s beach
volleyball teams will be competing memorably on beaches, natural and
man-made, around the world in 2013.
Olympic silver medallists USA’s Jennifer Kessy and April Ross
Olympic champions Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann have
reached the end of their road
Larissa and Juliana finished their partnership as the most successful team ever
for both men and women) with 45 FIVB World Tour gold medals
The world’s best men’s and
women’s beach volleyball teams
will be competing memorably on
beaches, natural and man-made,
around the world in 2013
Poland’s Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel will be looking to
make a name for themselves
Italy’s Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti will be there or
thereabouts once again