Eric “The Body” Fonoimoana struck Olympic Gold at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and has been a dominant and consistent force on the AVP Tour for the past 16 years. He won at least one tournament for seven straight years between 1998 and 2004. 2002 proved to be Eric’s year to shine – he reached the finals six times and won four titles with former partner Dax Holdren and was also named AVP’s Most Valuable Player.
- In 2005 Fonoimoana reached the top 10 in terms of all-time tournaments played.
- In 2008 Fonoi reached the $1 million mark in career earnings.
A true community activist, Eric has dedicated much of his winnings and time off the beach to his foundation “Dig 4 Kids” which helps kids in inner cities excel in school and volleyball. Eric grew up in Manhattan Beach, California as the youngest of three brothers, Kirk, Scott and Toa and two sisters, Debbie and Lelei. Lelei was a swimmer in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Eric attended Mira Costa High School, the same school his parents attended, where he started his volleyball career. The MC Boys Volleyball team hands out an annual Eric Fonoimoana Commitment Award. Fonoimoana continued to play at University of California Santa Barbara where he was named MVP his senior year and graduated with a degree in Sociology. Fonoimoana currently resides in Hermosa Beach, California with his 11 year old son Tucker and 8 year old daughter, Estelle.
As a licensed Real Estate Broker specializing in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and other South Bay Areas, Eric has represented elite athletes and clientele by routinely brokering multi-million dollar deals. As a member of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty, Eric has quickly established himself in the real estate field with the same impressive results he achieved on the court. Fonoi is a Top Producers and loves helping buyers and sellers.
- Favorite Movie: Hangover
- Favorite Artist: Jack Johnson
- Favorite Show: Person of Interest & Game of Thrones
- Role Model: Michael Jordan
- Sponsors: O’Neill, Wilson, Oakley, Nutrition Express and Paul Mitchell
- Favorite Meal: Mexican
- If you weren’t playing professional volleyball, what would you be doing? Real Estate