What is the Beach Wrestling World Series?

The Beach Wrestling World Series takes the sport to the great beaches and impressive landmarks; it is close to the spectators and fans as much as it gives the world’s best athletes the chance to present themselves and their traditional sport in an atmospheric outdoor venue.

In accordance with its Constitution, United World Wrestling recognized Beach Wrestling as an integrant part of Wrestling in all its styles. Practiced as a promotional and educational discipline around the world in view of promoting their cultural and social values as well as protecting this world heritage upon which all modern wrestling styles are based.

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Stefania Claudia Priceputu (R) of Romania competes against Bianka Reczi of Hungary during the first day of the first stop of the UWW Beach Wrestling World Series at Sarigerme, Turkey on May 28, 2022.
An overhead view of the wrestling venue on Mamaia Beach during the final stop of the UWW Beach Wrestling World Series at Constanta, Romania on September 04, 2022.
Somonjon Ikromov (top) of Tajikistan competes against Yvan Brandon Guiadem Kamdem of France during the first day of the first stop of the UWW Beach Wrestling World Series at Sarigerme, Turkey on May 28, 2022.
Davit KHUTSISHVILI of Georgia compete against Jonas VAN CAENEGHEM of Belgium during the day two of the third stop of UWW Beach Wrestling World Series at Saint Laurent du Var, France on July 02, 2022.
The venue on Mamaia Beach for the final stop of the UWW Beach Wrestling World Series at Constanta, Romania on September 04, 2022.
All the Winners celebrates their victory during the final day of the second stop of the UWW Beach Wrestling World Series at Sanxenxo, Spain on June 19, 2022.

Countless variations of traditional wrestling practiced on sand (referred to as “beach wrestling”) can be identified and they should all receive equal attention from the international community. The present rules offer a unified competition system that encompasses all major trends of beach wrestling and make the sport easy to understand by the spectators and media and easy to judge by the referees.

The introduction of the Beach Wrestling World Series in 2019 marked the beginning of a new era for the sport, presenting it in a new setting, focusing not only on high level sports but lifestyle, fan and spectator experience as well as entertainment.

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Random Facts
  • In 2023, the World Series was hosted across three continents: South America, Asia and Europe. 
  • In the World Series' 4th season, Argentina and Singapore are the two new countries on the calendar.
  • 712 athletes from 48 nationalities have competed in the Beach Wrestling World Series since its introduction in 2019. 
  • Georgia's Levan Kelekhsashvili is Beach Wrestlings three-time world champion in the men's 70kg category.
  • 23-year-old Stefania Priceputu from Romania took the world champion's title for the second year in a row in the women's 50kg category in 2022. 
  • Team Romania won three out of four women's titles in 2022. Only the 60kg category was one by Ukrainian wrestler Iryna Khariv. 
  • Georgia secured medals in all four weight classes in the men's in 2022: Gold in the 70kg and 80kg class, silver in the 90kg and +90kg class. 
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