This is a current awareness blog that links to the latest sources of information on Basque Pelota matches and Tournaments. It covers both North and South Basque modalities: Mano, Main Nue, Pala, Paleta, Remonte, Cesta Punta, Jai Alai, and minor modalites. We link to match articles, statistics and video highlights and/or full match videos.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Main Nue--Tournoi Chilhar de Souraide

Tournoi Chilhar de Souraide, an EP 1000 competition, was contested at Trinquet Chilhar  (1) (2)  August 12 and 14, 2016.

Competition page at  The competition page has sub pages for each of the three matches. Each contains match scores, linescores, match graphs, and links to full match videos. If you use pfp to watch the matches, make sure to click "desactiver" below the matches to turn off pfp's auto-refresh. The notes about on the right side of this page will explain how to navigate back to the competition page from any of the individual match pages. Videos are also available with the match articles (see below) and at the Esku Pilota Youtube site. Note that the matches will move on the Youtube page, but you will always be able to find them by title.

August 12, 2016:

First Semi-final

Larralde-Ducassou defeated Etchegaray-Guichandut 40-23

Second Semi-final

Waltary-Bibao defeated Xala-de Ezcurra 40-34

Match articles and full match videos for both matches, as well as audio interviews with Ducassou and Waltary  (Source: Esku Pilota) Note that the match article has an incorrect score for the first match. A full linescore for that match is available through the above listed link.

August 14, 2016:


Larralde-Ducassou defeated Waltery-Guichandut (substituting for the injured Bilbao) 40-23

Match article, full match video, and audio interviews with Ducassou and Guichandut  (Source: Esku Pilota)

Bilbao was unable to play due to "bad hands" and Guichandut took his place. He and Waltary played well early and held a couple of  leads (6-4 and 9-7), but then L-D went on a 20-5 run and coasted home from there. They played exactly as one would expect the two highest ranked EP players to play. The match video for this match is particularly instructive to newer Main Nue fans, as two cameras were used, one from the back dugout and one from a high angle in front of the players. The editing was done expertly and it was easy to see what back courters have to contend with in order to defend the large scoring area behind them, or to follow the ball along the back dugout roof. After the 26-13 point, the match was stopped and a song was communally sung. For Guichandut and Ducassou, who also played in the Garat 50 point match on Tuesday, June 16 (moved from its usual Monday time--see the Main Nue recurring 50 point match results link on the right side of this page), this five day sequence contained three matches against each other and contested 208 total points. Ducassou's team won all three.