Beach Paddle Games Around the World

Beach racket spots are played around the world!

Don't forget to bring your paddles when you travel! Each country plays a slight different version the a beach paddle game, with variations in the technology of the paddle and ball style. Below are a few links for you to enjoy and connect to if traveling to these countries! 

A few different beach paddle game names are:  Paleta playa🇵🇷  , Paleta 🇦🇷 , Raccettone🇮🇹 , Poktapok🇲🇽 , Racketa🇬🇷 , Matkot🇮🇱 , Smashball or paddleball 🇺🇸  and Frescobol 🇧🇷 

Frescobol is loved outside Brazil and the USA... you'll find it in places such as in Japan, Spain, London, Peru, Germany, Egypt and more

Frescobol – the Brazilian beach game

We believe Frescobol was born on the beach because of our strong connection with nature, movement and the spirit of freedom.

The game of Frescobol is an intense paddle ball game originated in Brazil in 1945, after the World War II, on the beaches of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. Even with some questioning of who invented the game, Lian Pontes de Carvalho is generally attributed as the creator.

Lian lived in Copacabana beach and owned a furniture factory. He stripped the outer layer of the tennis ball and made a wooden board paddle so he could play this tennis like game on the beach.

Rackets were sold on the beach with the help of the lifeguards. Those who could not buy or have their rackets made in sawmills, used to cut lumber from the buildings under construction on Avenida Atlântica, and gave them shape and finished them by trimming them with shards of glass, ceramic, and sandpaper. The rackets were rustic and heavy. The wood used was pine, cedar, angelin and araucaria. Over time, the handle became shortened and they began to paint or lacquer the rackets to better protect them from the water.

Players started playing the game in the shallow waters to stay cool from Rio’s hot sun and sand. The name Frescobol came from the word “fresco” meaning to refresh.

The successes of Frescobol came from its co-operative welcoming nature. It is a sport where everyone can play without worry of scoring points or winning and with no discrimination. That sense of community belongs to a common place where all people can go to: the beach.

Fonts:
http://www.frescobol.vai.la/
http://www.ahistoria.com.br/historia-do-frescobol/

Great tips that will help bring your Frescobol game to the next level!

THE PADDLE

  • The first thing you need to know about frescobol is how to hold and handle the paddle.
  • Pretend your paddle is your friend and give it a good handshake
  • Now don’t be too sweet with this friend, he’s pretty competitive, so give and maintain a firm grip on that paddle
  • The angle of the your wrist should be a natural 110 degrees, not any another other fancy wrist maneuver
  • Your elbow angle is also important, keep the elbow bent at 90 degrees at all times
  • If you feel the grip is slippery due to use, just replace it with our tacky over-grip that is available on our website

YOUR BODY

  • In Frescobol, like most sports a balanced stance is key! So bend your knees a little and really get grounded.
  • While balanced you will use the core of your body to open up for a hit like this… DO NOT us your shoulder alone, you’d be asking for an injury and no one wants that :) 
  • Practice and use this back and forth motion with bending each legs to get used to how to use your body for a proper hit and not just stiff body and your shoulders
  • Also use your legs to adjust to the height or distance of the incoming ball

THE HIT

  • Frescobol is a fast game, so one of the fist thing you need to remember is to start from the center of your body and always return to that position after every shot
  • A Frescobol hit needs control before you should add power. The ball and the paddle both have plenty of power.
  • The hit is like a “volley” in tennis, a short forward controlled motion.
  • Either grab a friend to work with or any wall and practice these simple drills
    • For a forehand: Reach to the front with your freehand, which will open up your body to the right and your paddle will reach back, then swing through till the paddle is back to center
    • For a backhand: pull your freehand back, which will twist your body to the left, and then swing forward and back to center
  • Another HUGE tip for hitting the ball is to maintain a still wrist (NO wrist movent), this will unsure the face of the paddle will always be in the correct position which is perpendicular to the ground.
  • Besides a forehand and a backhand hit in frescobol, there is also a defense movement, in which you are mimicking a wall for the other person’s attack. In some instances you can even use your free hand as extra support as demonstrated here.
  • Use a wall to practice these swings. You can try using a smashball ball to slow down play and to help you really get a grasp on these movements. 

THE FRESCOBOL GAME

  • The simplified rule to Frescobol is “not dropping the ball while having fun hitting back and forth between one another”, but if you want to play the game more seriously, “you are trying to control and find a balance between attacking and defending between one another without dropping the ball while adding as much power as possible”
  • The game of Frescobol is played either between 2 or 3 players.  2 players play in front of one another.  As 3 players, one stands alone and the other 2 stand next to one another across the single player. The single player alternates hitting to each of the 2 players. 
  • The name Frescobol came from the word “fresco” meaning to refresh, therefore it was played in the shallow waters to stay cool but also assist in not chasing the balls as much. But really, you can play anywhere that has a soft surface; parks and soft sand areas are great options. 
  • The ideal distance is about 25 feet apart, but this should really be defined between the partners and what works best between the 2 of you. Find that sweet spot with each partner!
  • You’ll notice that you need absolute focus in this game, daydreaming is not your friend in this game.