About The Tournament Host
Eric Fonoimoana teamed with Dain Blanton to win a gold medal in beach volleyball at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and played more than 200 tournaments in his 16 years as a professional. A former AVP Tour Most Valuable Player, he won at least one professional tournament for seven straight years and is proud to call himself a winner of the Hermosa Beach Open and a two-time champion of the Manhattan Beach Open which is arguably the most prestigious professional beach volleyball tournament anywhere in the world.
A native of Manhattan Beach, California, Fonoimoana began his volleyball career at Mira Costa High School and played collegiately at UC Santa Barabara before his tremendously successful career on the beach. Fonoimoana currently lives in Hermosa Beach, California and coaches the girls beach volleyball team at Mira Costa High in Manhattan Beach.
Fonoimoana is the founder and owner of Elite Beach Volleyball, a youth beach volleyball club based in Manhattan Beach, California that has produced some of the top high school and college players in the country.
A true local community activist and Manhattan Beach native, Fonoimoana has dedicated much of his winnings and time off the beach to his foundation, “Dig 4 Kids,” which helps kids in inner cities to excel in academics and volleyball. As the Founder and CEO of Dig for kids, he has raised more than $1 million to help under-served kids. Recently named to the UC Santa Barbara Hall of Fame, CBVA Hall of Fame and Significant Sig by Sigma Chi fraternity, Fonoimoana continues to excel both on and off the court.
Fonoimoana has always been dedicated to passing on his love for beach volleyball, which was his motivation for developing the E-Invitational, a tournament that will showcase the best college and high school players in the fastest growing women’s sport.
Fonoimoana’s complete beach volleyball player bio can be found here.