pelota collage

Pelota is a time-honored and an important link to the Basque heritage. It has been played for many centuries. A document dated in 1312 states that the King paid an amount of money to a carpenter for repairs done on the handball court. The popularity of the game has not diminished in the Basque country and is currently being played by first, second and third generations in this country.


Pelota goes back to the early 1920’s in the Chino area.  The Ysurdiaga Family built a handball court in their backyard.  Today pelota is played at the Aphessetche Trinquet, the Centro Basco and the Bidart Fronton.  Games are played to 22, 25 or 30 points which is decided upon the onset of the game.  Games are either one against one or two against two.