This Week in Beach Volleyball: No Time off for the World’s Best With Gstaad Major Ahead
The World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, made for a strange timeline of beach volleyball for most. Some, take Russians Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovskiy or Germans Clemens Wickler and Julius Thole, the gold and silver medalists, respectively, might not mind a day or two off from beach.
Hamburg was, after all, a 10-day event. But for most, World Championships likely dragged on far too long. Had you been knocked out early, as most in the 48-team field were, you’d have been sitting around for a good bit. Not a whole lot to do aside from look forward to the next weekend for the Gstaad Major, annually the most coveted and anticipated event among the players, nearly unanimously dubbed the most breathtaking site on the World Tour.
The rest of the beach volleyball world, however, will also move on, with events of all shapes and sizes to anticipate. Here’s what’s on tap this week in beach volleyball:
FIVB Beach Volleyball
July 8-14, Gstaad Major
Men: Tri Bourne, Trevor Crabb; Theo Brunner, Reid Priddy; Chase Budinger, Casey Patterson; Taylor Crabb, Jake Gibb; Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena.
Women: Kerri Walsh Jennings, Brooke Sweat; Kelly Claes, Sarah Sponcil; Emily Day, Betsi Flint; Sara Hughes, Summer Ross; Alix Klineman, April Ross; Kelley Larsen, Emily Stockman.
Domestic Beach Volleyball
July 12-14: Waupaca Boatride
One of the biggest domestic events that is not an AVP, the Waupaca Boatride — along with Seaside, Pottstown, the Motherlode and six-man — features, per usual, a top flight field for both the grass and the beach.
Non-FIVB International Beach Volleyball
July 12-14: Vancouver Open
I don’t really know what to label this event, so non-FIVB International tournament will have to do. From what I gather, the Vancouver Open is Canada’s version of the Manhattan Open: It’s the biggest annual domestic event it has, though that’s also in large part because Canada doesn’t really have a domestic tour.
However, it is still a top-flight event, and gathers some of the best talent in Canada and the United States.
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