As a result, Southern California was designated origin of beach volleyball. Beach volleyball finds its way to Europe . In 1927 the new sport reached the "old world". Nudists from a Parisian suburb acted as pioneers. Beach volleyball was first played in a camp in Franconville. During the 1930s the first beach volleyball games could be noticed in Prague, Riga and Sofia. The first tournaments
1992: USA's Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos write their names into the beach volleyball history books by becoming world champions for the fifth time. 1986: Astonishing crowds flock to a beach volleyball event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 1970: Beach volleyball open in Manhattan. 1947: Double gender tournament at Long Beach.
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Today, beach volleyball is again growing rapidly in appeal, and the “King of the Beach” title is as coveted now as it was when the ultimate “King of the Beach,” Duke Kahanamoku introduced the game to the Shargo brothers. At any time and on any given beach there is someone who is recognized as the King or Queen.
Beach volleyball was probably first played in Hawaii in 1915, when the Outrigger Beach and Canoe Club set up a court on Waikiki Beach. Most people though believe that it begun in Santa Monica, California, in the 1920s, about 25 years after the indoor version of the game was invented on the other side of the USA in Massachusetts.
It has gone down in the history of beach volleyball that in 1920, the first volleyball courts were set up on a beach. By 1930, the first two-man games of beach volleyball were being played in Santa Monica and the sport began to gain international appeal with games recorded in Bulgaria, France, Latvia and even the Czech Republic.
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What was once just a seaside diversion for families and individuals has become a worldwide form of entertainment. Beach volleyball is relatively new on the Olympic stage. But in a short amount of time, it has increased its visibility and created its share of stars. Read here more about the history of beach volleyball.
Aug. 9-22 Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground. Men’s Medals Gold: Todd Rogers/Phil Dalhausser, USA Silver: Fabio Magalhaes/Marcio Araujo, BRA Bronze: Ricardo Santos/Emanuel Rego, BRA
1930s: The first two-man beach volleyball game is played in Santa Monica, California. 1934: The approval and recognition of national volleyball referees. 1937: At the AAU convention in Boston, action was taken to recognize the U.S. Volleyball Association as the official National Governing Body (NGB) in the U.S.