Randy Stoklos

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Randy Stoklos (born December 13, 1960) is a retired professional beach volleyball player. He is the first player to earn $1,000,000 playing competitive beach volleyball. He won one U.S. championship and Five World championships with Sinjin Smith. He is a four-time winner of the Manhattan Beach Open.

Stoklos played college volleyball at UCLA. He left UCLA early to focus on beach volleyball. He won his first Manhattan Open teaming with Jim Menges in 1981.[1] Stoklos has 123 career wins (which ranks Stoklos third of all-time), amassed almost two million dollars in prize money and received numerous MVP and Best Setter awards. In 1992, he reflected on his father's unwillingness to allow him to play volleyball at the beach. His father was a Pole who survived a German work camp noted in the LA Times as a "harsh old-country type" who was afraid his son would grow up to be lazy if he spent too much time at the beach.[2]

Stoklos was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame on October 23, 2008.

The pair of Stoklos and Sinjin Smith was featured in the video game Kings of the Beach released in 1988 for multiple computer platforms by Electronic Arts and in 1990 for the Nintendo Entertainment System by Konami.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beach Volleyball Impressions - 1981 from southern California to now in south Florida". FIVB. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  2. ^ Murray, Jim (7 May 1992). "His Job Is a Day at Beach". Loss Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 May 2017.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural
Men's FIVB Beach Volley World Tour Winner
alongside United States Sinjin Smith

1989 – 1992
Succeeded by
 Roberto Lopes
and Franco Neto (BRA)