This episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, features George Wanderley, one of the best defenders in the world who will be competing in his first Olympic Games later this summer with Andre Loyola. George is the owner of two youth World Championships with Arthur Mariano, a World Championship bronze medal, and five medals in the 2024 season alone, tied for most in the world with Sweden’s David Ahman and Jonatan Hellvig. Such a fun chat with George on his balcony in Gstaad, in which we cover:

  • What it was like growing up around Ricardo Santos, Emanuel Rego, Alison Cerruti, Bruno Schmidt, and the other legends of the game
  • Why he wishes more young talent hit World Tour earlier, as he did when he was just a teenager
  • How he and Andre Loyola maximize their play on the court by being best friends (and literal best men) off of it
  • His prime mental state prior to a match

And so, so much more. Absolute blast with George!



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