Good morning — or afternoon — beach volleyball fans!

Welcome back (or welcome to) the SANDCAST Beach Volleyball Digest, your now weekly dose of beach volleyball news, and any updates we have here at the SANDCAST podcast.

Riley McKibbin, and the rise of one of beach volleyball’s most influential voices

This week, we had Riley McKibbin on the podcast, and he is honestly one of the sharpest minds not just in beach volleyball, but all of sport. The editing genius behind the McKibbin YouTube Channel, Riley is now a father to adorable baby girl Storm, and, alongside Maddison McKibbin and Cory Salter of SharpeVision, he’s putting on an epic four-man event (more on that below). With Travis still getting clobbered by jetlag from his European journeys — read more on that here — this week’s podcast was a Hawai’ian exclusive, with Tri and Riley chatting for nearly an hour and a half until the memory card ran out of gas.

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Read the feature on Riley McKibbin at VolleyballMag.com

Riley McKibbin

McKibbins, SharpeVision hosting epic four-man tournament in Austin, Texas

Three years ago, Riley and Maddison McKibbin took a $4,000 sponsorship from Dollar Shave Club and, instead of pocketing it, turned it into prize money for an indelible four-man matchup featuring AVP and NBA stars. Last year, they hosted an invitational four-man tournament at 16th Street in Hermosa Beach, pitting California vs. Hawai’i vs. Texas. Now they’re upping the ante, taking their annual four-man tournament to Austin, Texas, partnering with SharpeVision to boast a $20,000 purse an an event that features five Olympians and 11 AVP champions — 11! Tickets, which cost $30 each, have already been sold out.

Check out the McKibbins’ YouTube preview of the event.

Final thoughts on World Tour Finals

The FIVB season came to a close last weekend with the conclusion of the World Tour Finals, which was won by Norway’s Anders Mol and Christian Sorum — surprise, surprise — and Germany’s Karla Borger and Julia Sude (this is an actual surprise). Travis, who writes full-time for Volleyball World, recapped both the men’s and women’s sides.

SANDCAST merch off to a hot start!

Last week, we released our merchandise line that we’ve been planning on releasing for so long now. For those of you who bought t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats: WE LOVE YOU. And we’d love it if you could also grab a piece of SANDCAST swag! Honestly, one of the biggest benefits of our merchandise lines is — aside from the word of mouth marketing it produces — is that the revenue we bring in will go directly back into the podcast. It’ll allow us to upgrade the mics, the cameras, the website, everything about the podcast. And, most importantly, it’ll allow us to continue doing the podcast, freeing us up from other obligations that make us money to put more time into it. We love the impact we’re able to make in this sport through the podcast, and it’s our vision to one day make this essentially all we do aside from playing. Your support is so, so, so precious and valuable to us and our sustained success.

Love all y’all.

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Hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of SANDCAST Beach Volleyball Digest. If there’s anything you’d like us to add, any feedback you have, please let us know! We’re both available in Instagram (@TriBourne, @trammew) and respond to every DM.

Have a great weekend.

SHOOTS!

Tri and Travis