Early 1920s Most accounts place the sport's origin in Santa Monica, California, where the first Volleyball courts were put up on the beach at the Playground (Santa Monica). Families played 6 vs. 6. 1927 Beach volleyball became the principal sport in a French nudist camp founded in Franconville (north-western suburb of Paris). 1930 First two-man beach volleyball game was played in Santa Monica, California. Beach volleyball appeared in Palavas, Lacanau and Royan (France), around Sofia (Bulgaria), Prague (Czechoslavakia), and Riga (Latvia). In the US, people would escape the depression by going to the beach, 4 vs 4 and 3 vs 3 games were played. 1947 First official two-man beach tournament was held, at State Beach in California. It was organized by Holtzman and won by Saenez-Harris. 1948 First tournament held in California (Los Angeles), awarded the best teams with a case of Pepsi as the winners' prize. 1950's Open tournaments held at five beaches in California. Santa Barbara State Corona Del Mar Laguna San Diego Beach volleyball became an entertainment show and Beauty Contests were included in the official program. First Brazil tournament took place, sponsored by a Newspaper Publishing company. 1957 Bernie Holtzman and Gene Selznick won an event that featured Greta Tyson, star of "Pajama Tops", as Queen of the Beach. Beach volleyball became more than a sport, it turned into a real show. 1960's Open tournaments held at eight beaches in California. Tahoe (added in late 60's) Santa Cruz Santa Barbara State Manhattan 1st Manhattan Beach Open - 1960 Corona Del Mar Laguna San Diego In France, the winners of 3 vs 3 games earned about 30,000 Francs in tournaments taking place in La Baule and in les Sables d' Olonne. The first Manhattan Beach Open took place. 1965 CBVA - California Beach Volleyball Association is founded. Tournament organisers met to coordinate the schedules and define the rules of the game. 1974 First commercially sponsored tournament took place in San Diego. $1,500 San Diego Open, sponsored by Winston Cigarettes. Won by Dennis Hare and Fred Zuelich 250 spectators 1976 Olympia Championship of Beach Volleyball $5,000 first prize Won by Menges/Lee 30,000 spectators Events Concepts founded, to promote and expand beach tour. Ron Von Hagen retires with record 62 Open Wins. 1978 Jose Cuervo Tequila enters as sport's first major sponsor. 1979 Prize money for the major USA event doubled to $10,000. King of the Beach tournament held in Manhattan Beach offered $11,000 prize money. 1980 Cash prizes for 7 tournaments. $52,000 prize total (Jose Cuervo sponsor). San Diego, Santa Barbara, Laguna ($5,000) Manhattan ($10,000) King of Beach ($12,000) World Championships ($15,000) 1981 Miller Brewing Company joins as major sponsor. 1982 Cash prizes for 6 tournaments. $69,000 prize total (Miller Brewing sponsor). Tour becomes national, with Clearwater (Florida) Open. 1983 Cash prizes for 12 tournaments. $137,000 prize total (Miller Brewing sponsor). Tour stopped in 4 states (CA, FL, NY, CO) AVP - Association of Volleyball Professionals founded (July 21, 1983). 1984 AVP - Tour stopped in 7 states (CA, FL, NY, CO, IL, AZ, HA) 25 total events - Miller sponsored 18, Cuervo 7 Player strike at World Championships, Redondo Beach. 1985 AVP - Bolle Sunglasses joins as major sponsor Total tour prize money reaches $275,000. 1986 AVP - Pro Beach Volleyball receives cable television coverage via "Prime Ticket", and Pro Beach Volleyball makes its network debut ABC's Wide World of Sports. International Exhibition in Rio de Janiero, with 5,000 spectators. WPVA - Women's Professional Volleyball Association formed. Australian Pro Beach Circuit formed. 1987 FIVB - FIVB Men's Beach Volleyball World Championships held for first time - Ipanema, Brazil AVP - Tour stopped in 4 countries, 9 states (CA, FL, NY, CO, IL, AZ, OH, WI, MA). 1988 AVP - cash prizes for 28 tournaments. signs 3 year agreement with Miller, calling for $4.5 Million dollars. Cuervo sponsors three $100,000 events. Miller hires AVP to produce 23 Lite Beer events. 1991 AVP - King of the Beach Event added to AVP schedule 1992 FIVB - First Women's Event, Almeria, Spain, August 12-15 1993 FIVB - Women's World Championship Series initiated AVP - NBC broadcasts 10 AVP events Estimated live attendance 600,000 $3,700,000 total prize money. Olympics - September 21st, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) grants Beach Volleyball Olympic medal status. 1994 AVP - 27 total events Evian sponsors indoor event at Madison Square Garden Nestea sponsors four events NBC broadcasts 10 events (21 hours) $4,000,000 total prize money 1995 AVP - 29 total events Evian Indoor Tour expands to 4 events (Washington, Boston, Minneapolis, New York) 1996 Olympics - Olympics in Atlanta, 24 men's teams and 16 women's teams represent their countries in the first ever Olympic Beach Volleyball Tournaments.
1950's Gene Selznick, Holtzman, Saenz 1960-1964 O'Hara, Bright 1965-1974 Ron Von Hagen, Lang 1975-1979 Jim Menges, Fishburn, Matt Gage, Dane Selznick 1980's Sinjin Smith, Randy Stoklos, Mike Dodd, Tim Hovland 1990's Karch Kiraly, Kent Steffes Karolyn Kirby, Liz Masakayan
Volleyball World Wide on the Computer Internet/WWW