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Mattias Magnusson

Achievements:

Sports Director @ The Beach with responsibility for all instructors, trained most of both men´s and woman´s swedish national teams, educates coaches for the Swedish Volleyball Association.
The only swede (together with Hannes Brinkborg) to win an official international tournament (FIVB Satellite Casablanca 2006). 3 times Swedish Champion, winner of the Swedish Tour finale, 20 Swedish Tour stop wins, 55 World Tour competitions, qualified for  Main Draw at the World Tour.

When did you go to Clearwater Beach your first time?
I went there for my first ever trainingcamp, I think it was in the spring of 1995. We wanted to watch an AVP tournament and the one that suited us best was the Clearwater Beach AVP tournament. We had no idea the beach was incredible and the training conditions were great.

What are you looking forward to with BeachTravel´s trip to Clearwater Beach?
I am looking forward to spend 2 weeks with others who share the same passion as me for beach volleyball and it will be great see the sun one last time before the long, grey and boring northern european winter.

Do you have any tactical advice for BeachTravels´readers now when the competition season is here?

I will give you two tips for tournament play in general:
First tip: Most tournaments are a lot of matches over one or two days and you need a lot of energy to succeed. Make sure you eat and drink as often as you can. My experience is that most players eat to few times and when they eat they eat too big meals.

Second tip: Videotape your games and then scout yourself. Usually what REALLY happened in a game and what you THINK happened in a game are two completely different stories. And when you start scouting make sure you focus on yourself or your team first, so many players scout there opponents but never scout themselves and there is only one player on the court during your matches that will always be on the court when you play and that is YOU. So if you can find big tendencies in your game, for example where you make passing errors or where you hit the ball when you get a perfect set, you can be pretty sure the opponents will know it as well…

And most important, will the famous blue speedos go all the way to USA?
No, unfortunatly not… they became even more famous (or I have heard people even say infamous) during BeachTravels stay in Praia da Rocha. They got stolen and was last seen on top of the flagpole. I am really looking forward to see what Clearwater Beach shopping has to offer when it comes to speedos…

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