SANDCAST is the leading podcast for beach volleyball and stories in the volleyball world. Hosts Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter take listeners into the world of the AVP, FIVB, p1440 and any other professional beach volleyball outlets, digging deep into the lives of the players both on and off the court as well as all of the top influencers in the game.
Avery Drost: Becoming beach volleyball's ultimate utility man
This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter is with Avery Drost, a longtime pro who has been competing on the AVP Tour for 10 years.
On this episode, we discuss:
- Drost winning the Hyden Beach AVP Next with Miles Partain
- Just how good the 18-year-old Partain is becoming
- Drost finding the best practice regimen and weight lifting schedule for his body
- Finding the right playing weight
- His goals when it comes to beach volleyball
- Transitioning to a right-side defender with Ryan Doherty
- His overall confusion -- in a good way -- over what position to play, given his ability to thrive all over the court
This episode, as always, is brought to you by Wilson Volleyball, makers of the best beach volleyballs in the game. Use our discount code, Sandcast-20, for 20 percent off!
We'd love it if you checked out our book, Volleyball for Milkshakes, on Amazon, and we'd really love it if you dropped us a review as well! It goes a long way.
Jordan Cheng: Making a career out of "Once in a lifetime opportunities"
This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, is with Jordan Cheng, the coach of Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, the 10th-ranked team in the world and No. 3 in the American Olympic race.
On this episode, we discuss:
- Cheng's career as a coach, how his intentions to play professionally were constantly derailed by "once in a lifetime" coaching opportunities at Pepperdine, under Marv Dunphy, USA Volleyball under John Speraw, UCI, Reid Priddy and, now, Sponcil and Claes
- How Cheng, 28 years old at the time, came to be the coach for Priddy, one of the best volleyball players of all time
- His coaching philosophy: "I don't want to be a JV version of Jose Loiola. I want to be a varsity version of myself."
- How he came to coach Claes and Sponcil
- The importance of pursuing something bigger than beach volleyball
This episode is, as always, brought to you by Wilson volleyball. They make the best balls in the game, and you can get 20 percent off by using our discount code, Sandcast-20.
Be sure to check out our new book, Volleyball for Milkshakes, on Amazon and, if you're feeling extra magnanimous, drop us a review! It goes a long way.
Thanks as always for listening!
Answering beach volleyball's questions in a year with no shortage of them
On this episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, we answer fan questions in our "season ending" episode, even if there wasn't much of a season in the first place. Some of those questions include:
- What's this secret event Tri has been training for?
- Who are some of the younger players, other than Andy Benesh and Eric Beranek, we should be looking out for?
- Is Miles Partain the real deal or what?
- What beach players are getting out of the game after this year?
- If you could change one thing about the Olympic qualifying process, what would it be?
- What do you think the 2021 season will look like? We answer a few more as well.
Randy Stoklos is still the King of the Beach
This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, is with one of the greatest players of all-time, with 123 victories, including four at the Manhattan Beach Open.
More than that, Stoklos, along with his partner, Sinjin Smith, is one of the most influential individuals in beach history, instrumental in pushing beach volleyball worldwide. Without Stoklos and Smith, it's possible the sport would not currently be in the Olympic Games.
On this episode, we cover a lot of ground, including:
- Stoklos' upbringing with his father, Rudy, a Polish immigrant who escaped a concentration camp in Nazi Germany.
- Winning the Manhattan Beach Open at age 20 with the legendary Jim Menges
- How he and Sinjin Smith partnered, both of them turning down an offer from Karch Kiraly to do so
- Stoklos' and Sinjin's epic 11-year partnership, in which they won more tournaments (115) than any team in beach volleyball history
- Their push for the FIVB, and international volleyball
- An incredible story from Ipanema, where he and Smith were dubbed the Kings of Rio
- So much more. Honestly, just listen. It's amazing. You'll love it.
SANDCAST: John Hyden, the consummate player-coach, on and off the sand
This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, is with the legendary, and ageless, John Hyden. At 47 years young, Hyden is still one of the best defenders in the United States, with his own beach facility just outside Nashville, Tennessee.
On this episode, we discuss:
- Hyden’s transition from an indoor Olympian to a beach volleyball player grinding in qualifiers
- Hustling side jobs, like hanging Christmas lights, putting in synthetic turf putting greens, and almost getting attacked by a dog, until he turned the financial corner in beach.
- Building his team and system, beginning with Brad Keenan in 2007
- Why he and Sean Scott were so dominant
- Coaching up a young Tri – or Tree – Bourne, on volleyball and far more
- Launching his new facility in Nashville
- The final act of his playing career, and how much juice the young man has left in him
This episode is, as always, brought to you by Wilson Volleyball. Use our discount code, Sandcast-20, to get 20 percent off the best balls in the game! SHOOTS!
Grant O'Gorman and Ben Saxton, pushing for Tokyo and Men's Health Awareness
This episode of SANDCAST: Beach volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, features Canadians Grant O'Gorman and Ben Saxton, who are the second-ranked Canadian team in the race for Tokyo 2021.
More than pushing for Tokyo, however, they -- and especially O'Gorman -- are pushing for men's health awareness, as O'Gorman was diagnosed with, and beat, testicular cancer.
On this episode, we cover:
- O'Gorman discovering his testicular cancer, beginning in Hamburg, Germany, at the World Champs
- How the coronavirus may have actually saved his life
- How O'Gorman and Saxton became partners, and O'Gorman's brief stint living in a van
- Saxton's new mindset of not focusing on the Olympics, but simply trying to be the best he can be, every year
- The upcoming King of the Court event, the first time either has competed in the format
- The rise of Canadian volleyball, particularly the women's side
This episode, of course, is brought to you by Wilson Volleyball, the best balls in the game. Use our discount code, Sandcast-20, to get 20 percent off!
Customer ReviewsSee All
Great podcast! Love the content. I am not sure if you guys have covered this, but im sure a lot of fans would love to hear the financial side of the beach and indoor scene. ie for the beach side how much goes in to travel, coaches, and training versus how much you actually can take home from tournaments and sponsors. Would love to also hear about indoor contracts, agents, and a ball park of what they are making on that side. This would be beneficial to the youth that are interested in becoming a professional.
A must follow for beach volleyball fans!!
Love the podcast and the insights on what the different tours are like. Great guests as well. One small critique is some episodes Tri is hard to hear, especially when listening in the car. He may need to be a little closer to the mic. Love the Sandcast though and keep it up!!
Following the pro beach volleyball scene
Great way to stay current with the beach volleyball pro scene, as well as learn more directly from players past and present their lives and perspectives on the sport.