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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, NORCECA, 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.

SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter Travis Mewhirter

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    • 4.9 • 151 Ratings

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, NORCECA, 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.

    Julia Scoles, the Rookie of the Year with ’so much growth’ still to do

    Julia Scoles, the Rookie of the Year with ’so much growth’ still to do

    This episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, features Julia Scoles, the VolleyballMag 2022 Rookie of the Year and one of the toughest – and also sweetest – people you’ll ever meet.

    Scoles had one heck of a season this year, winning a second straight NCAA Championship with USC before embarking on a wildly successful AVP campaign, making five semifinals and two finals, winning the Atlanta Gold Series alongside Geena Urango. She’d also take gold at the FISU World University Championships with good friend, Hailey Harward. And she’s just getting started.

    We talked about all of that, as well as:

    How this season became the best of her career
    Gritting through the Fort Lauderdale finals, where she was sick, and the winning Atlanta just one week later
    How childhood gymnastics prepared her for anything that life could throw at her
    How this season changed her outlook on her beach career.

    And, as always, a whole lot more.

    ENJOY!

    ***

    NEW BOOK ALERT!!! Travis Mewhirter and Kent Steffes just published a seminal work on the history of beach volleyball in their new book, Kings of Summer: The Rise of Beach Volleyball. Check it out on Amazon!! https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Summer-rise-beach-volleyball/dp/B0B3JHFKM7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1WGJFWHPBGPQ2&keywords=kings+of+summer+book&qid=1658922972&sprefix=kings+of+summer+book%2Caps%2C1328&sr=8-1

    We now have SANDCAST MERCHANDISE!! Rock the gear of your favorite podcast today! https://www.sandcastmerch.com/

    If you want to receive our SANDCAST weekly newsletter, the Beach Volleyball Digest, which dishes all the biggest news in beach volleyball in one quick newsletter, head over to our website and subscribe! We'd love to have ya! https://www.sandcastvolleyball.com/

    This episode, as always, is brought to you by Wilson Volleyball, makers of the absolute best balls in the game, hands down. You can get a 20-percent discount using our code, SANDCAST-20! https://www.wilson.com/en-us/volleyball

    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

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Dain Blanton, as ever, is making the most of every opportunity

    Dain Blanton, as ever, is making the most of every opportunity

    This episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter features Dain Blanton, one of the most accomplished people in the sport of beach volleyball. As a player, Blanton won an Olympic gold medal, completing a Cinderella run in the 2000 Sydney Games with Eric Fonoimoana. As a broadcaster, you can hear Blanton’s voice on the AVP’s livestream, NBC – wherever volleyball needs commentary, Blanton’s there. As a coach, Blanton has led USC to two consecutive NCAA Championships and is gearing up for another run as the 2023 season approaches. We talked about ALL of that, as well as:

    The incredible success of his USC players on the AVP this season, with Tina Graudina, Hailey Harward, and Julia Scoles all winning AVP titles
    Should USA Volleyball have an Olympic trials system for the upcoming 2024 Paris Games?
    Should USA select its pairs, as coaches do in college?
    His Olympic run with Fonoimoana, and how it was a major dose of serendipitiy that put them back together again

    And, as always, so much more. Love chatting with Dain anytime we can, and you’ll love to listen in.

    ENJOY!

    ***

    NEW BOOK ALERT!!! Travis Mewhirter and Kent Steffes just published a seminal work on the history of beach volleyball in their new book, Kings of Summer: The Rise of Beach Volleyball. Check it out on Amazon!! https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Summer-rise-beach-volleyball/dp/B0B3JHFKM7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1WGJFWHPBGPQ2&keywords=kings+of+summer+book&qid=1658922972&sprefix=kings+of+summer+book%2Caps%2C1328&sr=8-1

    We now have SANDCAST MERCHANDISE!! Rock the gear of your favorite podcast today! https://www.sandcastmerch.com/

    If you want to receive our SANDCAST weekly newsletter, the Beach Volleyball Digest, which dishes all the biggest news in beach volleyball in one quick newsletter, head over to our website and subscribe! We'd love to have ya! https://www.sandcastvolleyball.com/

    This episode, as always, is brought to you by Wilson Volleyball, makers of the absolute best balls in the game, hands down. You can get a 20-percent discount using our code, SANDCAST-20! https://www.wilson.com/en-us/volleyball

    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

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Kyle Friend: ’Make volleyball easy for everyone around you’

    Kyle Friend: ’Make volleyball easy for everyone around you’

    This episode of SANDCAST features My Friend, Your Friend, he’s Everybody’s Friend, he’s the one and only Kyle Friend.

    He’s had a HUGE breakout season, and maybe even, as he’ll admit on the podcast, a somewhat unexpected one, with Tim Brewster. With a seventh at the Atlanta Gold Series and a fifth in Chicago – while also adding a second and a pair of thirds in three Tour Series events – Friend has had the best AVP season of his career. We chatted all about that, as well as:

    How shagging balls and being a voluntary practice dummy for USA Volleyball was a boon for his career as a player
    The best lesson he learned from Karch Kiraly about being a teammate
    Why he believes this year has been such a breakout one for him
    The benefits of surrounding yourself with the best

    And, as always, a whole lot more.

    ENJOY!

    ***

    NEW BOOK ALERT!!! Travis Mewhirter and Kent Steffes just published a seminal work on the history of beach volleyball in their new book, Kings of Summer: The Rise of Beach Volleyball. Check it out on Amazon!! https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Summer-rise-beach-volleyball/dp/B0B3JHFKM7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1WGJFWHPBGPQ2&keywords=kings+of+summer+book&qid=1658922972&sprefix=kings+of+summer+book%2Caps%2C1328&sr=8-1

    We now have SANDCAST MERCHANDISE!! Rock the gear of your favorite podcast today! https://www.sandcastmerch.com/

    If you want to receive our SANDCAST weekly newsletter, the Beach Volleyball Digest, which dishes all the biggest news in beach volleyball in one quick newsletter, head over to our website and subscribe! We'd love to have ya! https://www.sandcastvolleyball.com/

    This episode, as always, is brought to you by Wilson Volleyball, makers of the absolute best balls in the game, hands down. You can get a 20-percent discount using our code, SANDCAST-20! https://www.wilson.com/en-us/volleyball

    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

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Sophie Bukovec: Surprising herself all the way to the top of the world

    Sophie Bukovec: Surprising herself all the way to the top of the world

    This episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter features Sophie Bukovec, one of the fastest-rising defenders in the world. Anyone following the NCAA beach volleyball system has long known Bukovec is talented, when she won three National Championships at USC alongside Sara Hughes, Kelly Claes, Allie Wheeler, Nicolette Martin, and Terese Cannon, among others. But this good? Silver medal at World Championships good?

    She’s even surprised herself.

    We chatted about that, and a whole lot more, including:

    How Bukovec became the first beach-only player in Canadian history
    How she came to USC, joining that venerated recruiting class
    Her decision to switch to defense, and how she and Brandie Wilkerson came to be partners
    The incredible run she and Wilkerson have had in 2022.

    And, as always, a whole lot more.

    ENJOY!

    ***

    NEW BOOK ALERT!!! Travis Mewhirter and Kent Steffes just published a seminal work on the history of beach volleyball in their new book, Kings of Summer: The Rise of Beach Volleyball. Check it out on Amazon!! https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Summer-rise-beach-volleyball/dp/B0B3JHFKM7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1WGJFWHPBGPQ2&keywords=kings+of+summer+book&qid=1658922972&sprefix=kings+of+summer+book%2Caps%2C1328&sr=8-1

    We now have SANDCAST MERCHANDISE!! Rock the gear of your favorite podcast today! https://www.sandcastmerch.com/

    If you want to receive our SANDCAST weekly newsletter, the Beach Volleyball Digest, which dishes all the biggest news in beach volleyball in one quick newsletter, head over to our website and subscribe! We'd love to have ya! https://www.sandcastvolleyball.com/

    This episode, as always, is brought to you by Wilson Volleyball, makers of the absolute best balls in the game, hands down. You can get a 20-percent discount using our code, SANDCAST-20! https://www.wilson.com/en-us/volleyball

    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

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Drinking Kona (and Maui Brew) with the Crabbs

    Drinking Kona (and Maui Brew) with the Crabbs

    This week’s episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, is another installment of one of our most popular recurring segments: Drinking Kona (and, in this case, Maui Brew) with the Crabbs.

    As you may have heard, Trevor Crabb is coming off his third straight Manhattan Beach Open victory – two straight with Tri Bourne – and Taylor Crabb has put together a heck of a season alongside AVP Rookie of the Year frontrunner, Taylor Sander. So we had all the boys on to drink some beers, and chat about all things beach volleyball, including:

    How a Bourne or Crabb has been in every Manhattan Beach Open final since 2015!
    How a childhood of pickup games at the Outrigger Canoe Club led all of them to their incredible success thus far on the AVP Tour
    What ACTUALLY happened between Taylor Crabb and John Hyden at AVP Fort Lauderdale
    Taylor Crabb’s first year with Taylor Sander

    And oh, so much more.

    ENJOY! (we sure did)

    ***

    NEW BOOK ALERT!!! Travis Mewhirter and Kent Steffes just published a seminal work on the history of beach volleyball in their new book, Kings of Summer: The Rise of Beach Volleyball. Check it out on Amazon!! https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Summer-rise-beach-volleyball/dp/B0B3JHFKM7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1WGJFWHPBGPQ2&keywords=kings+of+summer+book&qid=1658922972&sprefix=kings+of+summer+book%2Caps%2C1328&sr=8-1

    We now have SANDCAST MERCHANDISE!! Rock the gear of your favorite podcast today! https://www.sandcastmerch.com/

    If you want to receive our SANDCAST weekly newsletter, the Beach Volleyball Digest, which dishes all the biggest news in beach volleyball in one quick newsletter, head over to our website and subscribe! We'd love to have ya! https://www.sandcastvolleyball.com/

    This episode, as always, is brought to you by Wilson Volleyball, makers of the absolute best balls in the game, hands down. You can get a 20-percent discount using our code, SANDCAST-20! https://www.wilson.com/en-us/volleyball

    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

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Summer Mailbag! AVP parity, Olympic favorites, trash talking, hottest teams on Tour

    Summer Mailbag! AVP parity, Olympic favorites, trash talking, hottest teams on Tour

    This episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, is our semi-monthly, and always popular, feature: Our fan question Summer Mailbag. There has been more beach volleyball than we know what to do with, certainly the most since we launched the podcast back in October of 2017. Mountains of questions ensued. As always, we thank you guys and gals so much for listening, for asking the questions that are so fun to answer. We did our best to get to as many as we could in just under an hour and a half. A few we did chat about were:

    Why isn’t Bally’s and the AVP streaming court two? On a related note, why are the stands so small?
    Talk about Kelly Cheng and Betsi Flint winning Hamburg!
    Are Trevor’s guarantees as good for the team as they are the AVP?
    What’s up with the tracking devices players wear on center court? Do we like them?
    How good is Miles Partain?

    And, as always, so much more!

    ENJOY!

    Photo creds: Josh Glazebrook

    ***

    NEW BOOK ALERT!!! Travis Mewhirter and Kent Steffes just published a seminal work on the history of beach volleyball in their new book, Kings of Summer: The Rise of Beach Volleyball. Check it out on Amazon!! https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Summer-rise-beach-volleyball/dp/B0B3JHFKM7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1WGJFWHPBGPQ2&keywords=kings+of+summer+book&qid=1658922972&sprefix=kings+of+summer+book%2Caps%2C1328&sr=8-1

    We now have SANDCAST MERCHANDISE!! Rock the gear of your favorite podcast today! https://www.sandcastmerch.com/

    If you want to receive our SANDCAST weekly newsletter, the Beach Volleyball Digest, which dishes all the biggest news in beach volleyball in one quick newsletter, head over to our website and subscribe! We'd love to have ya! https://www.sandcastvolleyball.com/

    This episode, as always, is brought to you by Wilson Volleyball, makers of the absolute best balls in the game, hands down. You can get a 20-percent discount using our code, SANDCAST-20! https://www.wilson.com/en-us/volleyball

    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

    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
151 Ratings

151 Ratings

whwgddkendx ,

Best Volleyball Podcast out there

Tri and Travis have a great podcast, bring an inside look into the life of a beach volleyball player

VBHikinglady ,

Sandcast gives great Volleyball Info

Tri & Trevor talk to a variety of indoor & beach players along with coaches and others involved in the sport. It is both entertaining and informative.

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Comment

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.

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