2 Avenue Jean Biray, 64000 Pau, France #60

Open-air single walled fronton


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  • 2 Avenue Jean Biray, 64000 Pau, France

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  • decimal notation: 43.292609, -0.371938
  • sexagesimal notation: 43° 17' 33.3924", -0° 22' 18.9768"

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Olivier Simon http://www.pelote-basque.com/Historique.asp
La pelote à la Section Paloise

Si la pelote se pratique à Pau dès le début du XXème siècle au fronton des arènes, le premier club de pelote à Pau : le Fronton Club Palois est créé en 1919 avec à la présidence Charles LAGARDE (futur président de la Section Paloise). Ce club se fond dans la Section Paloise en 1923 et devient une commission du club omnisports palois qui vient de construire le stadium de la gare. Dès cette date la Section Paloise Pelote s'est évertuée à pratiquer le maximum de spécialités.

Tout d'abord en place libre avec le chistera Joko Garbi, le grand chistera, la grosse pala à partir de 1931, le rebot après la seconde guerre mondiale. A partir de 1934 la Section Paloise participe aux compétitions trinquet; les spécialités en mur à gauche apparaissent à la fin des années 1970 et dès 1980 des féminines représentent la Section Paloise dans les championnats.


📚 The Basque pelota (Euskal pilota) includes several ball games derivated from the Jeu de Paume. In most specialties, the game consists of sending, volley or after a rebound, the ball against a main wall, named fronton, so that it falls on the playground named cancha. The point continues until a team commits a foul (falta) or fails to raise the ball before the second rebound.

🤓 A fronton is a wall against which one plays Basque pelota. It is an architectural element present in almost all the towns and villages of the French Basque Country and, to a lesser extent, in the neighboring regions.
The open-air single walled fronton is a generally uncovered ground composed of a wall, or two (one at each end). There are frontons of all sizes (10 to 16 meters wide and 6 to 10 meters high), some are even covered.
In Basque, this place is called "plaza".

🌎 A large number of Basques (commonly referred to as "Basque diaspora") have left the Basque Country to emigrate mainly to South America and the United States.
It is sometimes called the "eighth province" of the Basque Country, which counts seven (Labourd, Soule, Lower Navarre, Navarre, Biscay, Álava and Gipuzkoa).
The diaspora actively promotes its identity through its traditional activities, such as dance, gastronomy, Basque games and, of course, Basque pelota.

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Added on July 17 2011

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Euskadi - Coussin/Pillow

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