JD Hamilton has had one of the most extraordinary journeys onto the AVP Tour of anyone who has qualified in recent memory. Long one of the nation’s top grassroots players, winning every kind of tournament in any sort of format in any state or city or town you can imagine, one major feat eluded Hamilton: Qualifying on the AVP Tour.

In Virginia Beach with Travis Mewhirter, he alas did it, qualifying for the Hermosa Beach Pro Series. We recorded this episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, before Hermosa, so some of this may seem outdated, but we actually think it’s a sweet look back at his mindset before the event. We chatted about that, as well as:

  • What these last eight years of trying and failing and trying and failing have been like
  • The sweet moment when he alas qualified in Virginia
  • His road dog summer of 2017 with Christian Honer, when he made the final round of the qualifier over and over and over again – yet never qualified
  • Hunting and fishing and all manner of amazing outdoorsy things

And goodness, so much more.


PHOTO CREDS: Ken Delgado!


Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter have a NEW BOOK! Playbook of Champions: The habits, routines, and stories of Olympians, Champions, and world-class athletes. If you listen to the show – which, if you’re reading this, then you are – then this is the perfect book for you, as it is a distillation of the best golden nuggets from our first five years of the podcast. Check it out on Amazon!

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We have a new — but temporary — sponsor with the Saucedwear Tournament, a $17,000 open with $5k to the winners down in Navarre Beach, Fla., where Travis Mewhirter first learned to play. Registration ends on July 14, and players can sign up at saucedwear.com! 

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Check out our book, Volleyball for Milkshakes, written by SANDCAST hosts Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter: https://www.amazon.com/Volleyball-Milkshakes-Travis-Mewhirter/dp/B089781SHB