Volleyball - Fastest Growing Sport in the World!
Volleyball - Fastest Growing Sport in the World!

Volleyball - Fastest Growing Sport in the World!

Volleyball - Fastest Growing Sport in the World!

While Beach Volleyball was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1915, this unique sport started its first growth spurt in Southern California in the 30s and 40s. The next strong growth period was in the mid 50s to mid 60s, when two teams proved to be dominant in matches from Northern California down to Brazil.

In the finals of most tournaments were defensive wonders Gene Selznick and Ron Lang pitied against the tall bombers, Mike OHara and Mike Bright.

As with champions John McEnroe Vs. Bjorn Borg in tennis, four decades later, these hot and explosive matches created enthusiastic fans identifying with each team, and soon the Manhattan Beach Wimbledon World Championship of Beach Volleyball, drawing between 10,000 and 15,000 excited fans to each final day contest.

While Selznick and Lang played over a longer period of time and won more total tournaments, OHara and Bright won the first five World Tournaments at Manhattan Beach, (a record that still stands today), with Selznick and Lang winning the sixth annual tournament in 1965... More...

by Sinjin Smith
President, FIVB Beach Volleyball World Council