Steve Obradovich is reviving fours beach volleyball in the United States with the Newport Beach Volleyball Invitational on October 21st. It features a star-studded field of both players and sponsors alike, with the teams being:

  • Taylor Crabb, Taylor Sander, Nick Lucena and Alex Ranghieri;
  • Sean Rosenthal, Jake Gibb, Miles Partain, and Andy Benesh
  • Troy Field, Casey Patterson, Chase Frishman, and Brenden Sander
  • For the women, the teams are Kelly Cheng, Sarah Sponcil, Toni Rodriguez, and Emily Stockman
  • Betsi Flint, Alix Klineman, Carli Lloyd, Julia Scoles, and Megan Rice
  • Savvy Simo, Zana Muno, Carly Skjodt, Kylie Deberg, and Amy Ozee.

On this episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, we chatted all about Obradovich’s story as a player – the Bad Boy as he was known – why Obradovich is putting on this tournament, with $2,000 appearance fees for every player, and how this is a beta test for a potential fours beach volleyball league, with franchises, drafts, general managers, the whole nine.

This episode could not have been more fun.

For more information on the Newport Beach Invitational, go to


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