The Basque pelota

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The Basque pelota is a unique and varied discipline whose principle is to send directly or after a rebound, the pelota against the frontage so that it falls on the ground. The game ends when a team makes a foul or if it fails to raise before the second rebound.

The Basque pelota: Bare hand

It is undoubtedly the first sport of pelota that formed well before the other pediments. It evolved during the years under covered structures, including the trinquet and the wall on the left. It is a specialty that does not use equipment or instruments. Players can only rely on the power of their bare hands to return the ball. Playing properly with the Basque pelota bare hand requires time to accustom the hands to the solidity of the ball. During a match, 4 players will appear on the field of play, ie 2 participants for each team (one forward and one back).

The Basque pelota: The Chistera Joko Garbi

Also called “the pure game” or "limpio" in Basque, this discipline is particularly surprising in terms of the equipment with which players must use. The glove to put on a hand is shorter and shallower making the parts more lively. The sport requires a team of 2 participants for each opponent while struggling on a wall to the left of 38 m.

The Basque pelota: The Pasaka

It is an old specialty of the pelota which is a derivative of the sport of palm. It is highly appreciated by the inhabitants of Biarritz and is today practiced only in the Basque Country. The sport requires a trinquet game. It also requires the location of a net where the 2 teams formed of 2 players will be face to face with an immense leather glove in the hand ... Not for those who are not regular!

The Basque pelota: The Xare

Also known as the "Argentine racket", the sport was once practiced by the religious of the Pays de Basque who then shared the specialty with the Argentines. Here we use a piece of equipment consisting of a wooden arch designed especially for hazelnut or chestnut. The particularity of the instrument is that it is curved at the end to catch the pelota. And that’s not all, the Xare is also equipped with a net rope or flask taking the form of a spider web in the middle. During the game, the ball will not be hit, but restarted with the strength of the player. This is why the sporting specialty is described as quick and lively. 2 teams composed of 2 participants will compete in one trinquet.