Welcome to the first episode of The Sandcast: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, presented by Marriott Vacation Club Rentals and brought to you by VolleyballMag.com.

The podcast will delve into all areas of beach volleyball, from the top players and talents across the globe to coaches, influencers and any individual who could bring valuable insight regarding the game of beach volleyball.

The first episode is the podcast’s host himself, Tri Bourne.

After qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio — though missing the cut due to the country quota — and finishing the year ranked No. 5 in the world alongside John Hyden.

Recently, however, Bourne has been sidelined, out with an enigmatic autoimmune disease that kept him out for the 2017 season. It made for a bit of an odd year for Bourne: watching, not playing; commentating on the AVP livestream, not traveling the world; going to the doctor’s office, skipping the beach.

On the podcast, Bourne discusses how he has dealt with the adversity of an illness, being limited in terms of playing, and how he actually wouldn’t trade his year.

“It’s funny,” Bourne says. “At this particular moment, it kind of has been a great year.”

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