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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – On October 22, 2011, the AVP will bring the inaugural AVP Championships event to world famous Surf City, Huntington Beach, Calif.

The event will be a one-day, single-elimination shoot-out for the top four teams per gender (by AVP Cup ranking) and take place directly in front of The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel.

Competition commences at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to finish no later than 6:00 p.m., with the women’s final scheduled for 3:00 p.m., and men’s final immediately following (est. 4:30 p.m.).

General admission is FREE, with limited courtside seating available on a first-come first-serve basis. The north end line will feature a beer & wine garden hosted by Shades Restaurant and Bar. Sponsor row will include food options such as “East Borough Fraiche Vietnamese” serving their famous pork sandwiches and spring rolls, “Juice It Up” serving Acai Bowls and fresh fruit smoothies, “Zico” supplying unlimited hydration with their delicious coconut water, “Oh Yeah! Nutrition” providing the necessary energy to get through the day with their top-rated bars and shakes, and “Pipeline Shave Ice” serving North Shore worthy shave ice, among others…

Beach volleyball apparel will be available front and center in the AVP Merchandise Tent and include special offerings from autonomousSmackWilsonHurley, and additional brands who publicly support the great sport of beach volleyball. (Looking to get your merch in the tent, contact us here.)

Teams qualifying internationally for the inaugural AVP Championships event include Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser and Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal. Due to Rogers’ knee injury, and consequent surgery, the No. 1 seeds will be unable to compete. Taking their place will be the third-ranked U.S. team on the FIVB World Tour, Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena.

For the women, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh and April Ross and Jen Kessy both qualified No. 1 and No. 2 overseas, but neither team will be able to compete in Huntington due to injuries and fatigue. Taking their place will beLauren Fendrick and Brooke Hanson and Nicole Branagh and Angie Akers.

Men’s teams qualifying domestically include Sean Scott and John Hyden and John Mayer and Matt Prosser. Coming down to the last regular season event, Mayer and Prosser stepped up their game to secure the last spot in Huntington Beach with a 5th-place finish in Hermosa Beach.

Whitney Pavlik and Jenny Kropp qualified in first place domestically for the ladies by reaching the finals in eight out of 10 events on American sand this summer, and Florida natives Kristen Batt and Brooke Sweat put together the best year of their young careers, finishing the points race in second place.

Players will receive a two-night stay at The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, and be guests of honor Friday night at the official pre-event dinner hosted by Shades Restaurant.

It’s the dawn of a new era for the most historic brand in beach volleyball and it all begins Oct. 22 in Huntington Beach courtesy of presenting sponsors, The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, and Wilson Sporting Goods.

About AVP
AVP, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events worldwide. AVP athletes won both the women’s and men’s gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, marking the first gold medal sweep by a single country in the history of Olympic Beach Volleyball. AVP is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. For more information, please visit

About Wilson
At the heart of sports history for almost a century, no other company has been as influential and intimately involved in shaping the games of volleyball, tennis, golf, baseball and American football as Wilson. As the originator of breakthrough technologies, Wilson has produced legendary classics and earned world-wide legitimacy in each sport it participates in. Backed by generations of athletes, Wilson is the true American icon in the world of sports equipment. Headquartered in Chicago, in the United States, Wilson employs over 1,600 people globally. For more information, please visit

About The Waterfront Beach Resort
The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel is located in Huntington Beach and overlooks 8.5 miles of pristine beaches with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort has recently completed a $10 million renovation and has earned the AAA Four-Diamond rating for 19 consecutive years. The Waterfront Beach Resort is located at 21100 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, California. For more information, please visit

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