Season’s opening tournament will kick off in Florida
The Swatch Major Series will open the 2017 FIVB World Tour calendar in spectacular style in February when it makes its long-awaited return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Not since the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals of 2015 has international action graced the stunning Florida coast, but between 7-12 February 2017, the world’s greatest players will gather to fight for the first Swatch Major Series title of the season.
It only seems like yesterday when Brazilians Larissa/Talita and Alison/Bruno scooped gold on this very beach in October 2015 – and now both teams will be out to make it back-to-back victories at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.
The Swatch World Tour Finals a year ago was the first international tournament to be held in Fort Lauderdale and given its great success and packed capacity crowds it felt a no brainer to return to this beautiful part of the United States to kick-start another busy season of digging and diving on the sand.
Once again entry will be absolutely free of charge, so remember to clear your diaries, head down to South Beach Park and catch the best of the action from the greatest players on sand!
Further information will be released in the lead-up to the event, so keep your eyes peeled on our website and social media channels for further details and please get started by using the official hashtag of the tournament #FLLMajor
Let’s remind ourselves of just how brilliant the Swatch FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale in 2015 was, shall we?
Brazilian teams won both gold medals, Alison/Bruno blitzing the opposition to top the podium in the men’s competition and Larissa/Talita beating all before them in the women’s competition.
Here you can watch the best of the action from the men’s final…
Highlights from the men's match for gold: Dalhausser/Lucena (USA) vs. Alsion/Bruno Schmidt (BRA) at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale/USA
And here’s the best bits from Larissa and Talita’s triumph…
Highlights from the women's match for gold: Ludwig/Walkenhorst (GER) vs. Larissa/Talita (BRA) at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale/USA
In the men’s tournament there was silver to celebrate for American home favorites Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser and a bronze for Brazilians Pedro Solberg and Evandro Goncalves.
Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst secured silver and there was another bronze for Brazil as Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas claimed third place.
Known as the ‘Venice of America’, Fort Lauderdale is a beach volleyball-crazy hub of some 170,000 people, living in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area.
It’s famous for its coastline and canal system and sits on the east coast of Florida and 45 km north of Miami.
The Fort Lauderdale Beach Park – where the tournament will be hosted – is one of the largest and most popular beaches in the surrounding area, and features many wonderful places to walk, cycle and play beach volleyball!
As it was in 2015, entry is absolutely free of charge! That’s right you won’t have to spend a dime to get up close and personal with the world’s best players including the heroes from the 2016 Swatch Major Series.
Plus, just like you can at every single Swatch Major Series stop, you will have the chance to add sparkle to your experience by becoming a VIP! Details of these extra-special packages – which include the best seats in the house, the finest catering and the opportunity to chat and rub shoulders with the stars of film, sport, politics and beach volleyball – will be released soon!
As ever, the Fort Lauderdale Major will be covered from every angle on social media through a variety of exciting different ways.
Exclusive, behind-the-scenes content will appear daily, before, during and after the competition on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat (swatchmajors) and Periscope – giving an audience of millions unique and personal access to the stars of the sand.
The official hashtag of the Fort Lauderdale Major is #FLLMajor and its use is expected to reach a worldwide audience delivering thousands of messages all sharing one common goal of highlighting the brilliance of beach volleyball!