Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The Golden Glove

Monday eve while in Biarritz Edu and I took up the fab suggestion of Ms Sophie to see some local sports. Namely; Cesta Punta / Jai alai. For more detailed info, check out the official site, and wiki link.
It's an interesting sport using a unique curved-shaped mitt that players attach to their hand and use to serve, catch the ball, and propel the ball against a stone wall at the end of the court. We happened to catch a semi-final of the Gant D'or (the Golden Glove). Pretty good doubles match. Sadly my side lost, and Edu's won. If you're in Biarritz, the final is August 14.
"The Basque Government promotes jai alai as 'the fastest sport in the world because of the balls' and once held the world record for ball speed with a 125–140 g ball covered with goatskin that traveled at 302 km/h (188 mph), performed by José Ramón Areitio at the Newport Jai Alai, Rhode Island, until it was broken by Canadian long drive champion Jason Zuback on an episode of Sport Science in July 2009 with a golf ball speed of 328 km/h (204 mph)."
Pretty fun to watch and the sports center took me back to many a time spent at Kingborough Sports Centre playing basketball or table tennis, or whatever sport we kids happened to be into at the moment.

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