Misty May Treanor, Kerri Walsh, Dain Blainton and Karch Kiraly Make Beach Volleyball History
This recent beach volleyball history timeline details the events that
contributed to the highs and lows of beach volleyball in the United
1965: The California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) was formed.
The "Quicksand Documentary" is a beach volleyball documentary detailing the history of beach volleyball which started in Southern California and epitomized the Southern California lifestyle.
1983: Twenty years later the Association of Volleyball Professionals
(AVP) was formed.
1986: The first professional beach volleyball association only for
women was created called the Women's Professional Volleyball
Association (WPVA) was formed.
WPVA(Women's Volleyball) 1994 Ft. Lauderdale Final
1992: The Four Person Pro Beach Volleyball League was started in the
Four-Woman Pro-Beach Team Champions
1995 Team Sony
1993 Team Champion (We won!)
1996: In the Atlanta Olympics the two-person beach volleyball
made its debut as an Olympic Sport.
1996 Olympics Beach Volleyball Quarter Final Match Pt. 1
1997: Dain Blanton becomes the first African-American professional
beach volleyball player in US beach volleyball history to win a
tournament on the Miller Lite/AVP Tour.
1999: For the first time in the history of volleyball in the Pan Am Games,
beach volleyball was introduced in the 13th edition held in Winnepeg,
2000: Eric Fonoimoana and Dain Blanton (USA) defeat Brazilian
champions Ze Roberto and Ricardo Santos claim the first Olympic
Beach Volleyball Men's Gold medalists.
2000: The women's Beach Volleyball America (BVA) announces their
inaugural season of play.
Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana
Beach Volleyball 2000 Sydney Olympics Gold Medal
2001: Christopher "Sinjin" Smith partnering with George Roumain, played
his final match of his long and industrious career against Dax Holdren
and Todd Rogers in the 4th round of the contender's bracket at the AVP
Manhattan Beach Open.
Sinjin retires as the leader in the most beach volleyball tournaments
played with 416, second in all-time victories with 139, and fourth in
all-time winnings with over US $1.6 million earned.
2002: In an effort to make the beach game more fast paced and TV
friendly the beach volleyball court dimensions were reduced to
8m x 8m per side.
2003: Karch Kiraly created another milestone in beach volleyball history
by becoming the first volleyball player to earn three million dollars in
prize money and the oldest player to win an AVP beach volleyball
tournament at age 42 years, 9 months and 14 days.
2004: Without losing a set, Kerri Walsh and Misty May Win the gold
medal and the Women's Olympic Beach Volleyball Title in Athens,
Gold Medal Moments:
Misty May & Kerri Walsh (2004, 2008 & 2012 Summer Olympics)
2005: Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor
win their second Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Open
women's title and the 2005 overall women's championship.
2006: Elaine Youngs' second place finish with Rachel Wacholder in
Seaside Heights pushes her career earnings past $1 million.
She becomes the third American beach volleyball player to achieve that
Karch Kiraly retirement ceremony during the AVP Manhattan Beach Volleyball Open in 2007 by announcer Chris "Geeter" McGee.
2006: In Seaside Heights, both Casey Jennings with Matt Fuerbringer
and Kerri Walsh with Misty May-Treanor won titles, becoming just the
second husband-wife duo to win pro beach volleyball events on the
same weekend. They join Mike and Patty Dodd, who accomplished the
feat four times in 1989, but each time in different locations.
2006: Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor win in Chicago as Walsh joins
the millionaire club.
She is the 18th person worldwide to win over $1 million in her career,
and did so in fewer events (90th tournament) as well as being one of
just four to reach the mark before turning 28 years old.
2007: Misty May-Treanor passes Brazilians Adriana Behar and Shelda
Bede as the winningest player since the women's competition on the
international beach volleyball circuit began in 1992.
2007: Misty May-Treanor becomes the women's all-time wins leader by
capturing her 73rd victory, surpassing Holly McPeak's record by winning
with Kerri Walsh in Hermosa Beach. She reached this total in just 123
tournaments -- winning 57.5% of her events.
2007: In a championship match that lasted 1:41, Nicole Branagh and
Elaine Youngs defeat Jennifer Boss and April Ross 21-19, 18-21, 16-14
in Seaside Heights. The marathon set the record for the longest match
in rally scoring, men or women, in domestic or international play.
2007: Karch Kiraly retires to close an impressive career on the beach,
leaving as the all-time wins leader and money earner.
Insuring his mark in beach volleyball history, Karch's longevity was
marked by the fact he won a tournament in 24 different years, and he
advanced to the semifinals in over 75% of all the events he ever played
and was named as the AVP's Most Valuable Player a record six times.
2008: Hot Winter Nights, a series of 19 events in January and February,
kicks off in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma marking the first ever indoor
beach volleyball tour. Mark Williams and Nancy Mason were the first
winners in the "King of the Beach format" events.
2008: At the Beijing Olympics in a rainy final championships game
against the host Chinese team Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh make
beach volleyball history by defending their gold medal title becoming the
2008: At the Beijing Olympics despite an unfortunate incident where
Olympic Men's volleyball coach's father-in-law was killed before the start
of the volleyball competition, the US men's volleyball team won a gold
medal while the women reached the finals and lost to Brazil which
earned them a silver medal tying the best finish ever for an American
women's volleyball team in the Olympics.
2010: The AVP closes its doors unable to raise the money needed to
conclude the 2010 pro beach volleyball season.