The Marianas Cup Beach Volleyball Festival combines the talents of professional beach volleyball players and the enthusiasm of dedicated amateurs. In the past, this event has drawn professionals from the U.S., Japan, Korea, Italy, New Zealand, Russia and the U.K.
The "Bejing Beast" Olympian Phil Dalhausser played this tournament from 2006-2009!
Phil Dalhausser - Bejing Olympics 2008
The weekend event starts with exhibition matches by the Pro players for both men’s and women’s teams. Teams are divided by country or by Pro player draw amongst themselves. In 2008, the event was officially sanctioned by FIVB as an exhibition match.
Kentaro Ashi of Japan goes up for the block against Kirk Pitman of New Zealand – Marianas Cup Beach Volleyball Festival, Saipan (2012)
So now we’ve got you thinking, “…how do I get my chance to play with a Pro?” Right? Well, here are some tips. To begin with you have to be in it to win it…and, it’s all about "fun"draising!
Amateur player-partners may purchase raffle tickets starting from the time that they complete their registration until about 15-minutes before winners are drawn.
Following the end of each of the exhibition matches, our MC pulls out the lucky raffle winners (amateur players) tickets, who then get to draw blindly from a box to see which pro players they will split with their partner.