The very first edition of EuroBeachVolley took place in Almeria, Spain, in 1993 in what was a men’s only event organised only a year after the extremely successful Olympic premiere that Beach Volleyball enjoyed at the 1992 Games in Barcelona as a demonstration sport. A year later, the first women’s European Championship took place in Espinho, Portugal before the first double-gender event followed a year later in Saint-Quay-Portrieux, France.

EuroBeachVolley has taken place every year and as many as 13 countries have played host to the continental showpiece. Jonas Reckermann of Germany is the most successful player in the men’s competition with four titles to his name – his countrywoman Laura Ludwig has achieved the same feat in the women’s event, where she boasts an all-time record of nine medals.

Champions through the years

Women

Reigning Olympic champion Laura Ludwig is the most successful player in history with four European titles to her name (two with Sara Goller in 2008 and 2010 and another two with Kira Walkenhorst in 2015 and 2016 - pictured). Ludwig boasts a terrific collection of nine #EuroBeachVolley medals, which began when she and Goller won silver in 2007 in Valencia. The list of three-time European champions includes Italy’s Laura Bruschini/Annamaria Solazzi (1997, 1999, 2000) and Greece’s Vassou Karadassiou (2001, 2005 and 2007).

Men

As of 2019, Jonas Reckermann of Germany is the only Beach Volleyball player with four European titles to his name. The 2012 Olympic champion achieved this feat twice with Markus Dieckmann (2002, 2004) and twice with Julius Brink (2011 and 2012 - pictured). A number of other teams have secured the European crown three times. These include Martin and Paul Laciga (SUI), Reinder Nummerdor/Richard Schuil (NED) and Paolo Nicolai/Daniele Lupo (ITA). Julius Brink is also a three-time European champion – twice with Reckermann and once with Christoph Dieckmann.