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Andy Fishburn:
 
Andy Fishburn
United States  
 
Vital Statistics
 

Photo: Bob Van Wagner
Height 6'2"
  Best Finish Winnings
United States 1st (20 times) $49,253
   AVP 1st (2 times) $27,646
   P&R 1st (18 times) $19,400
   Bonus Money   $2,207
Unaccounted Wins 1  
Overall 1st (21 times) $49,253
 
Bio Bits

Andy "Fish" Fishburn first played beach volleyball, in 1963, when he was 8 years old, at "the beach club" in Santa Monica, next door to State Beach.

Fishburn began his "Open" career at the 1977 "World Championships" with Fred Sturm, finishing second. In 1978 he entered 6 events with Sturm, reaching the finals each time, winning five of them.

Fishburn’s most successful partnership began in 1979 with Dane Selznick. They played in a total of 38 events together, reaching the finals 28 times, winning 12 of them. He teamed-up with Jay Hanseth at 27 tournaments, winning twice and placing second seven times. Over the years, Fishburn also entered events with: Randy Stoklos, Tim Hovland, Todd Schaefer, Rudy Dvorak, John Hanley, and Steve Obradovich.

Fishburn said: "The best part of beach volleyball is the "setting",ie the natural outdoors and the beauty of the beach and the ocean. In addition I like the ability to dive and innovate shots and plays, especially the touch and finesse of the game, along with the element of deception.

His favorite tournament partner was Dane Selznick, because they could created an outstanding synergy as a team. Fishburn said: "The game that stands out most in his memory was the finals of the 1979 Cuervo World Championships, at Redondo's King Harbor." He and Selznick were playing Karch Kiraly and Sinjin Smith. After losing in the first round, he and Selznick came all the way back through the loser's bracket to qualify for the championship match. They lost the double final after winning the best two-out-of three match, forcing the final game to 15, by a score of 18-16, in complete darkness, with the entire crowd standing and screaming!

 
 
Awards
 
  • CBVA Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame 2003
 
Career Summary
 
United States
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 25th
1977 P&R 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 $625.00     0 0 0
1978 P&R 9 5 1 1 1 1 0 0 $500.00     0 0 0
1979 P&R 13 3 7 3 0 0 0 0 $2,125.00     0 0 0
1980 P&R 14 5 5 0 4 0 0 0 $3,875.00     0 0 0
1981 P&R 11 2 5 0 1 3 0 0 $1,050.00     0 0 0
1982 P&R 12 1 3 7 1 0 0 0 $1,975.00     0 0 0
1983 P&R 15 1 5 5 1 3 0 0 $6,250.00     0 0 0
1984 AVP 12 1 2 3 3 3 0 0 $1,700.00     0 0 0
1985 AVP 16 1 4 4 3 2 2 0 $17,744.50     0 0 0
1986 AVP 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 $650.00     0 0 0
Season Assoc Played 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 7th 9th Money Points Rank 13th 17th 25th
1987 AVP 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 $0.00     0 0 0
1988 AVP 5 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 $7,150.00     1 0 0
1988 P&R 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 $3,000.00     0 0 0
1992 AVP 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $500.00     0 1 0
1993 AVP 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 $2,108.75     1 0 0
Total
(Rank)
  116
(84th)
20
(23rd)
34 25 15 16 2 1 $49,253.25
(141st)
    2 1 0
 
 
 
 
 
Overall
Total
(Rank)
  116
(174th)
21
(28th)
34 25 15 16 2 1 $49,253.25
(378th)
0.0   2 1 0
 
Red denotes ranked 1st
 
Victory List
 
Victory Date Assoc Location Partner Seed Winnings
1 5/28/1978 P&R Santa Cruz Fred Sturm 1  
2 6/25/1978 P&R Santa Barbara Fred Sturm    
3 7/23/1978 P&R Mission Beach Fred Sturm    
4 7/30/1978 P&R Laguna Beach Fred Sturm 1  
5 8/20/1978 P&R Lake Tahoe Fred Sturm    
6 6/17/1979 P&R Marine Street Dane Selznick    
7 9/2/1979 P&R Will Rogers State Beach Dane Selznick    
8 9/9/1979 P&R Manhattan Beach Dane Selznick   $1,500
9 6/15/1980 P&R Marine Street Dane Selznick    
10 7/27/1980 P&R Laguna Beach Dane Selznick    
Victory Date Assoc Location Partner Seed Winnings
11 8/17/1980 P&R Santa Monica Dane Selznick    
12 1980 P&R Sorrento Beach Dane Selznick    
13 9/14/1980 P&R Redondo Beach Dane Selznick 1 $3,500
14 6/14/1981 P&R Marine Street Dane Selznick 1  
15 7/4/1981 P&R Santa Barbara Dane Selznick 1  
16 7/18/1982 P&R Clearwater Dane Selznick   $1,600
17 6/12/1983 P&R Clearwater Dane Selznick   $1,750
18 9/16/1984 AVP Redondo Beach Jay Hanseth    
19 5/26/1985 AVP Santa Cruz Jay Hanseth   $2,400
20 8/14/1988 P&R Chicago Dane Selznick   $3,000
 

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