The rural sports are very popular in the Basque Country. The legendary strength of Basque men provides the pretext for spectacular events that have their origins in farm work. Historically, Basque strength games allowed farmers to measure their physical ability and endurance. Today, competitions are organized on the sidelines of celebrations in all regions of the Basque Country. Nearly 16 disciplines are officially registered. Among the most popular include tug of war, stone lifting, raising a bale of hay with a cable or at the end of a long stick, lumberjack competitions, and a race while saddled with an 80 kg bag.
STRENGTH GAMES : A FAMILY AFFAIR
Every Basque festival is an opportunity to celebrate a well established tradition in Basque culture: rural sports.
Iñaki Perrurena and his son Ignacio have decided to transform these traditional activities into a professional endeavour. They travel from town to town to perform strength demonstration hailing from rural world of caserios, the Basque farms, which for years have been at the heart of Basque society.