The Strange World of Basque Sports

Lucia Herrero. The following photographs were taken between December 2011 and January 2012.
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Lucia Herrero  Idi probak (literally, oxen tests) is the most popular competition — many spectators like to bet on the results. Pairs of oxen, wearing a wool coat embroidered with the name of their owner, must drag a heavy weight across a surface specially built to mimic ancient stone streets.

Lucia Herrero Idi probak (literally, oxen tests) is the most popular competition — many spectators like to bet on the results. Pairs of oxen, wearing a wool coat embroidered with the name of their owner, must drag a heavy weight across a surface specially built to mimic ancient stone streets.

Lucia Herrero  Sokatira (tug-of-war) is a traditional Basque competition, usually comprising two teams of eight, with multiple weight categories. Here, competitors begin training by setting the distance between one another.

Lucia Herrero Sokatira (tug-of-war) is a traditional Basque competition, usually comprising two teams of eight, with multiple weight categories. Here, competitors begin training by setting the distance between one another.

Lucia Herrero  A referee signals a completed move in a rectangular stone lifting competition. Having hoisted a 113kg stone to his shoulder with his right arm alone, the lifter raises his own left hand for flair.

Lucia Herrero A referee signals a completed move in a rectangular stone lifting competition. Having hoisted a 113kg stone to his shoulder with his right arm alone, the lifter raises his own left hand for flair.

Lucia Herrero  A man trains in lasto altxatzea (hay bale lifting) using a pulley. The competition involves lifting the bale as often as possible within a 2-minute period, and is reminiscent of swinging from a church bell rope.

Lucia Herrero A man trains in lasto altxatzea (hay bale lifting) using a pulley. The competition involves lifting the bale as often as possible within a 2-minute period, and is reminiscent of swinging from a church bell rope.

Lucia Herrero  Basque sportsmen and women train in their various disciplines.

Lucia Herrero Basque sportsmen and women train in their various disciplines.

Lucia Herrero  A bowling champion wears a Basque beret called a txapela. Winners receive one as a trophy, hence the Basque word for champion: txapeldun.

Lucia Herrero A bowling champion wears a Basque beret called a txapela. Winners receive one as a trophy, hence the Basque word for champion: txapeldun.

Lucia Herrero  The arpana (saw) is usually 2m long.

Lucia Herrero The arpana (saw) is usually 2m long.

Lucia Herrero  Two men train in trontzalaritza a variation of aizkolaritza from the previous slid

Lucia Herrero Two men train in trontzalaritza a variation of aizkolaritza from the previous slid

Lucia Herrero  Two men train for aizkolaritza in Urruñe, a small village in the Spanish-French frontier. The technique originated in the forests of Canada.

Lucia Herrero Two men train for aizkolaritza in Urruñe, a small village in the Spanish-French frontier. The technique originated in the forests of Canada.


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