TIM HOVLAND AND MIKE DODD – One of the legendary two-man teams in the history of beach volleyball, Tim Hovland and Mike Dodd competed together in 163 tournaments, winning 50 over a ten year career on the sand before splitting in 1990. Hovland, named to Volleyball Magazine’s All-Century team, was a three year All-American indoor volleyball player at USC and led the Trojans to the NCAA championship in 1980. Dodd, a college basketball player at San Diego State, went on to become a pro beach volleyball player and earned a silver medal winner at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta with partner Mike Whitmarsh.
SINJIN SMITH – Known as the unofficial ambassador for beach volleyball, Christopher St. John “Sinjin” Smith is without a doubt the most recognizable and most accomplished volleyball player in the world. Smith, a three time All-American at UCLA, led his team to a national title in 1979. A leading force on the Pro Beach Volleyball Tour for the past 15 years, Smith has claimed 12 World Championship crowns throughout his career, and is the all-time open winner totaling over 130 victories. Smith has dedicated himself to promoting the sport on both the national and international level, and was instrumental in getting Beach Volleyball in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.