For the first time, Sun-Maid is a sponsor at the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball, a 6-day tournament and festival in Long Beach, California. With 26 countries participating, it’s the largest non-Olympic beach volleyball event in the world. It’s the final 2016 Rio Olympics qualifier on U.S. soil and Sun-Maid is proud to be fueling the competitors with Natural California Raisins. Here, top players share their favorite Sun-Maid Raisin dishes with us. #RememberRaisins #WSOBV
With our intense training, playing and traveling schedule, I need between-meal snacks that provide a healthy boost of energy. One of my go-tos is a homemade trail mix with a 3:1 ratio of nuts to raisins. I usually go with cashews, walnuts and almonds. My partner is from Hawaii, so Tri gets me fresh macadamia nuts and coconut shavings to throw in there. I sprinkle in a few unsweetened, dark chocolate chips and I’m good to go. I can make a big batch and then divide it up into small bags that I can take—at a moment’s notice—to the gym, beach or airport.
John Hyden (@JohnHyden on Twitter) is American pro beach volleyball’s version of Benjamin Button. While most elite athletes are long done by the age of 42, John is attempting to make his third Olympic appearance in next year’s Rio Games. Acting as both partner and coach to his young partner Tri Bourne, John is part of America’s third-ranked team on the FIVB (international tour) and currently ranked #15 in the world. He’ll be competing in the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball August 18-23 in Long Beach, CA—the final Olympic qualifier on U.S. soil! TV schedule