The world's top beach volleyball athletes will head to Jurmala in Latvia from June 1 to 5. Jurmala is the biggest resort city on the shores of the Baltic Sea and is set in a unique geographical location, just twenty kilometres from the capital, Riga, and within driving distance of Tallinn and Vilnius in neighbouring Estonia and Lithuania. The presence of the sea, the 24 kilometre-long beach and the romantic wooden architecture ensure a magical ambience. The city of Jurmala is approximately two hundred years old and was founded around the time Europe learned about the healing properties of the sea and the first resorts appeared. Today, wild nature, modern spa hotels, cultural heritage and a contemporary city for entrepreneurship and holidays coexist in Jurmala.
Host City - Jurmala
The Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour event in Jurmala will be the third Elite16 tournament in the inaugural edition of the Tour. The event will bring together the world’s leading beach volleyball players and thousands of beach volleyball fans. Jurmala has hosted major beach volleyball tournaments since 2014, when a men's CEV Satellite competition was held for the first time.
Elite16 event format:
- Teams per gender: 16
- Qualification Tournament: Up to 16 teams
- First phase: Four pools of four teams each; top two from each pool advance
- Second phase: Eight-team single elimination bracket (quarterfinals, semifinals, bronze medal match, final)
- Duration: 5 days