Frontball celebrated at Pilota Eguna in South San Francisco


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Celebrate the Basque traditional sport of pilota at Pilota Eguna – Handball Day — at the San Francisco Basque Cultural Center next Saturday, Nov. 7. The up and coming sport known as frontball will be in the spotlight that day.

Admission to the day-long event is free, except for the evening banquet. The center is located at 599 Railroad Ave., South San Francisco.

Click here for the full schedule.
Click here for the full schedule.

At 1 p.m., Xabier Berrueta, president of the U.S. Federation of Pilota, will talk about the origins and history of Basque pilota. At 2 p.m. Iker Saitua, of the Center for Basque Studies at UNR, will discuss the impact of pilota on Basque culture and identity.

At 3:15 p.m. Jean Michel Idiart, creator and promotor of the Frontball Pro Tour, will discuss the sport’s latest urban trend – frontball, its history and its potential impact on urban society.

Exhibitions of frontball will take place from 4:30 – 6 p.m. among female and male champions.

The event is sponsored by the Basque Educational Organization, a non-profit organization attached to the Cultural Center that promotes Basque cultural events. For more information on the history of the BEO, click here.

The cost of the evening banquet is $40 and includes a complimentary raffle ticket for prizes. Tickets for children 12 and under are $10. For more information, email or call Nicole Sorhondo at (415) 285-0748.Pilota

Watch this documentary about frontball in New York City.