The FIVB, volleyball's world governing body, has announced that record prize money of $10.2 million will be made available for beach volleyball tournaments throughout 2014.
The FIVB has unveiled a bumper calendar for 2014, of 10 Grand Slam events and 11 Open tournaments, seven more than this year.
There were also 10 Grand Slam events in 2013, and combined with the four Open tournaments and the World Championship in Mazury, Poland, the total prize money was $6.4 million.
That has increased by 60 per cent for next year. The previous record prize money was $7.5 million paid out in 2011.
For the first time in FIVB history, two of the Grand Slams will have a prize pot of $1 million, while the other eight will feature a total purse of $800,000, compared with $440,000 on offer for each of the Grand Slams in 2013.
Ary Graca, president of the FIVB, said: "Following the outstanding success of the 2013 season, the FIVB is rewarding beach volleyball players around the world with increased prize money and more opportunities to play.
"We recognise that beach volleyball is more popular than ever around the world so the new 2014 beach volleyball calendar reflects this popularity and ensures that beach volleyball continues to grow year on year, building up to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in The Hague in 2015 and the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.”
Grand Slams in 2014 have been confirmed for Shanghai, Stavanger (Norway), Long Beach (California, USA), The Hague (Netherlands), Mazury (Poland), Fortaleza (Brazil), Berlin, Moscow, and Gstaad (Switzerland).
It is not yet known which two Grand Slams will offer the $1-million prize money.
The 10th and final Grand Slam of 2014 will be the season-ending FIVB Grand Slam Final, which will offer $500,000 in prize money. It will take place from October 15 to 19 in an as yet unknown location.
Open tournaments will take place in Fuzhou and Xiamen (both China), Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), Prague, Anapa (Russia), a city in Thailand, Parana (Argentina) and Doha.
The FIVB said Opens in Sanya, China and Saint Denis, Reunion are yet to be confirmed, while discussions are under way "with other potential organisers."
Fuzhou, Durban, Anapa and Phuket in Thailand staged Open events this year, but a proposed fifth tournament in Vizag, India was postponed because of political unrest in the state of Andhra Pradesh.