Get ready for an epic week of fun in the sun – the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball is happening now (August 22-28) in beautiful Long Beach, California. This week-long tournament features the best of the best from the USA and internationally. For those fresh from Rio, this serves as one hell of a welcome home party for our beloved Olympians. Not only are there exciting, nail-biting matches between the world’s best players, but there is also live music and entertainment at every turn.
Who to Look Out For
The WSOBV features 128 of the best players from all over the world, competing for the title of FIVB Grand Slam and insane prize purses. The impressive lineup of athletes includes former and current Olympic medalists and reigning World Champions.
Kerri Walsh-Jennings & April Ross (United States) – Fresh off their bronze medal win in Rio and with enough titles between the two to last a lifetime, Walsh-Jennings and Ross are in it to win it. At last year’s WSOBV, Walsh-Jennings managed to win silver even with a severe shoulder injury. See what she can do this year with nothing holding her back.
Talita Antunes & Larissa Franca (Brazil) – Though they didn’t win gold on their home turf of Rio, these silver Olympic medalists and reigning 2015 World Champions are not to be underestimated. Will we have another epic match between Brazil and USA? Here’s hoping!
Phil Dalhausser & Nick Lucena (United States) – Just a few days after returning home from Rio, Dalhausser and Lucena are at it again. Watch the “Thin Beast” and “Nick the Quick”, who won silver at the WSOBV in 2015, battle it out for the title.
Alison Cerutti & Bruno Oscar Schmidt (Brazil) The number-one ranked duo and 2015 WSOBV gold medalists fulfilled the predictions of many and took home gold for Brazil in Rio. Cerutti, AKA the “Wooly Mammoth”, and Schmidt, the number one defensive player in the world, are expected to bring an exciting game.
Alexander Brouwer & Robert Meeuwsen (Netherlands) The bronze medal winners were the top ranked non-Brazilian team going into the Olympics, and they did not disappoint. Catch them climbing their way to the top of the podium this week.
Can’t Miss Events
Legends Night – Friday, August 26th at 7:00 pm
The long standing tradition of “Legend’s Night” is one the highlights of the week. Open to anyone, the evening honors the greats of beach volleyball. A ceremony is held and a catered dinner is served to guests who purchase dinner tickets, but attendance is free and strongly encouraged! It’s rare that you get to share a meal with living legends. This year the honorees include Hall of Fame teams Sinjin Smith & Randy Stoklos and Holly McPeak & Elaine Youngs.
Live Music – Saturday, August 27th, all day
Couldn’t afford to go to that $200 musical festival this summer? No problem! Just make your way over to Long Beach this weekend! Some of America’s top DJ’s will be spinning the hottest music as the tournaments go on around you. Feel free to dance away as you watch the world’s best beach volleyball players battle it out. Complete with a Bud Light lounge for those who are old enough to enjoy a beer, this is going to be one of the best beach parties of the summer!
WSOBV Celebrity Match – Sunday, August 28 at 12:15 pm.
On Sunday, the biggest names in beach volleyball and stars from the sports, TV and film worlds come together to play a fun-filled game for charity. This year, Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson returns to the court for his second year in a row, on behalf of the charity Straight But Not Narrow. He and his team will compete against NFL All-Star Terrell Owens, who also played last year, and his team of celebrity friends.
Tickets are free and seats are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. This is a great way to end the summer and see the greats up close and personal! If you can’t make it to the event, watch the matches live on NBC and root for your faves from home.