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Four international beach volleyball players conquered any fear of heights and scaled a Ferris wheel to hit back and forth.

World championships silver medalists Clemens Doppler and Alex Horst of Austria and Norwegians Anders Mol and Christian Sørum squared off about 215 feet above the ground on Vienna’s Riesenrad Ferris Wheel in a recent photo shoot.

“I was scared, and I’m still scared,” Horst laughed, according to the FIVB’s Beach Major Series. “I closed my eyes on the way up but when we reached the top I opened them, and the view was amazing. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The shoot was a promotion for the beach volleyball major in Vienna starting Aug. 1.

Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena won the last two majors dating to last season, plus the 2017 World Tour Finals.

“This is so crazy, you’d have to pay me a lot of money to do this,” was posted on Dalhausser’s Instagram with a video of the Ferris wheel shoot.

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Beach Volleyball Ferris Wheel

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Beach bedlam: Austrian volleyball teams upset Brazil, Team USA duos

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Wow, beach volleyball. Wow.

The top-seeded Brazilian pairing of Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt lost in pool play on Monday at the Rio Olympics. So did American No. 2 pairing Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson.

For those upsets to happen alone are one thing, but to happen together at the hands of one country is a headline grabber.

Austria’s Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst stunned Alison and Bruno 21-23, 21-16, 13-15 on Monday, making waves in Rio.

Just a couple hours later, it was Austrian countrymen Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl who scored and upset, and they only needed two sets to dispatch Gibb and Patterson.

For the Americans, it’s onto a Pool F finale match Wednesday against Spain’s Adrian Gavira and Pablo Herrera.