Come Watch Some of the Best Pro Beach Volleyball Players at Vancouver’s Kits’ Beach, July 13-15th!
After months of planning, the 2018 Vancouver Open is less than one week away. This year’s event will feature some of the best pro beach volleyball players from Canada, the United States and the world.
This year, the Vancouver Open has received an unprecedented amount of interest with more than 90 teams currently registered for the event, including, former Canadian Olympians, Josh Binstock (Richmond Hill, Ont.) and Jamie Broder (Victoria, B.C.).
Binstock will be hitting the sand with his partner, Daniel Dearing, while Broder will be teaming up with Denise Wooding. Wooding started out slowly on the VBC Pro Tour, but has finished second in her last two events (Jim Clive Cup & Penticton Pro).
The event format sees the Top-24 men’s and women’s teams receiving byes into the main draw, with the remaining teams playing in a qualifying event on Friday, July 13, 2018 to determine the other eight men’s and women’s teams. The Top-24 teams are ranked based on their FIVB results, VBC points and wild card selections.
“When we secured a title sponsor (Natura Solutions) in the Spring, I had a feeling that this year we’d see a lot more interest from athletes and they have not disappointed, with a record number of teams set to compete in the Friday qualifier for the last remaining spots,” said Chris Densmore, CEO, Volleyball BC. “And with $30,000 in prize money, a larger grandstand, bike parking, on site food options, a VIP seating area, the Stanley Park Brewing beer garden, a video screen and so much more, I think that’s contributed to the increased buzz in the volleyball community around this year’s event.”
2018 Vancouver Open Schedule (*schedule may change)
- Friday, July 13, 2018 – Friday Qualifier, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Friday, July 13, 2018 – Players’ Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday, July 14, 2018 – Main Draw, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Sunday, July 15, 2018 – Men’s and Women’s Quarter-finals, 8:30 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.
- Sunday, July 15, 2018 – Women’s Semi-finals, 11:30 a.m.
- Sunday, July 15, 2018 – Men’s Semi-Finals, 12:30 p.m.
- Sunday, July 15, 2018 – Women’s Final, 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, July 15, 2018 – Men’s Final, 5:00 p.m.
Dunbar Cycles Is Back
Dunbar Cycles is excited to be back at the Vancouver Open in 2018 and pleased that their popular downhill mountain bike series’ schedule allows them the opportunity to support both iconic BC outdoor sports.
This year they will be taking the athlete’s experience to a whole new level by ensuring athletes have proper nutrition, hydration, medical assistance and massage therapy during the event.
“As someone who has been an active athlete and been involved in the mountain biking and volleyball communities over the years, I understand how hectic things can get for an athlete when they’re playing five or six games in the hot sun over a 48-hour period,” said Rob Venables, owner, Dunbar Cycles. “That’s why we wanted to be involved in helping take some of the stress off the athletes by providing a ‘world class’ athlete experience for them, where they won’t have to worry about where they’ll be able to get medical treatment or their post-match meal.”
Dunbar Cycles would also like to encourage people to save on the cost and hassle of parking and ride their bike to the Vancouver Open this year.
And if you do ride your bike down, Dunbar Cycles will have a place park your bike, with security, so that you can enjoy the sun, sand and great volleyball action without worrying about your bike.
NEW for 2018! Stanley Park Brewing Beer Garden
The Stanley Park Brewing Beer Garden is sure to be the best place for the 19+ crowd to enjoy a refreshing cold one, while enjoying all the action of the Vancouver Open.
The beer garden offers lots of seating, a fun atmosphere and great views of feature court and all the breathtaking scenery in and around Kits Beach.
“To us, experiencing the Vancouver Open is all about getting away from your 9-to-5 and making memories in the sun at Kits Beach with your friends,” said Doug Devlin, Director of Marketing, Stanley Park Brewing. “We’re excited to be coming on board this year and look forward to providing a fun place for friends to get outside and enjoy the Vancouver Open together.”
Thank You to our 2018 Sponsors
- Natura Solutions
- Dunbar Cycles
- Stanley Park Brewing
- Vancouver Police Department
- City of Vancouver – Parks Board
- viaSport British Columbia
- Mike’s Beverage Company
- West Coast Beach Volleyball Society
- Jolyn Swimwear
- Modu-Loc Fence Rentals
- My Matcha Life
- Canuckstuff Volleyball
- Biscoito Brasil Sales and Imports
- MVMT Lab Sports Performance Clinic
- Kicking Horse Coffee
- Portable Electric
- Peak Technologies