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2015-06-11 16:20:00 CEST

Fighting like Vikings

The USA's Casey Patterson and Jake Gibb will battle like warriors in hopes of fulfilling a long-standing dream: Climb to the top of the podium and claim the Stavanger Major prize – a replica of an actual Viking sword, traditionally presented to winners in the city.

In its inaugural season, this is the first time the Swatch Major Series has stopped in Stavanger. But the Norwegian destination has a proud history of hosting World Tour events, with the victor receiving a full-sized replica of an iconic Viking sword. The Stavanger Major will be no different, with winning women as well as men hoisting the coveted blade.

Like the majority of teams in the Stavanger Major, the American duo of Casey Patterson and Jake Gibb have yet to earn top honors at a Norwegian event, though Patterson couldn’t resist testing out how it might feel in comic swordplay with Brazil’s Ricardo Santos. “It’s every boy’s dream to have his own Viking sword,” said C-Patt. “All kids have sword fights, and in some ways we’re all still just small boys who are enjoying ourselves, having fun and playing beach volleyball.”

Ricardo and his partner Emanuel Rego, however, don’t have to dream: as the winningest team ever in Stavanger, they know just what it’s like to figure out how to get a scary-looking piece of steel back home through Customs.

“It's a very special atmosphere in this city. The mood at Center Court is absolutely magical,” said Emanuel. “And in Stavanger we get the best trophy! Every time I look at the sword I have hanging at home, I get the same feeling as when I win here.”

Photocredit: Samo Vidic/ Limex imagesPhotocredit: Samo Vidic/ Limex images