The first stop of the National Beach Volleyball Tour the "Bay of Plenty Times Mt Maunganui Open" gets under way at the Main Beach this weekend.
New Zealand's top teams will be joined by athletes from Germany, Japan and the Netherlands.
The number 1 seeded women's team is Julia Tilley and Alice Bain who not only have performed well over our domestic series at the end of 2016 but also had some promising results on the 2016 Asian Tour.
The number 1 seeded men's team is Rene Kapa and Morgan Seymour who have also performed consistently this summer as well as being one of a small number of teams to keep the same combination from the 2016 season.
Get down to the Mt Maunganui beach and soak up the action, on what promises to be a beautiful weekend. Matches start at 9am Saturday with semifinals from 9:50am Sunday, with the finals scheduled for 2:20pm and 3:20pm.