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Table volleyball tournament, this Sunday, on the beach of Badalona.
Table volleyball match, this Sunday, on the seashore of Badalona.Albert Garcia

The fuchsia-colored flags that fly on the Pont del Petroli seashore—the construction has been ready for 4 years for somebody to heal its wounds from storm Glòria—point out that one thing is occurring. A sports activities competitors took over the coast of Badalona this Sunday, with loud music and really tanned gamers in swimsuits and bikinis. Only this time it isn’t seashore volleyball, nor seashore tennis, nor seashore rugby, nor seashore handball, nor another modality that takes benefit of the attractiveness of the coast to develop its limits. What you see this time is new, one thing that the regulars on the promenade haven’t but seen reside and direct as a result of it’s the first match to be held in Spain. When all sports activities appear already invented, the brand new hybrid creature (of Hungarian origin) has, in fact, an English title: desk volleyball. That is, desk volleyball, though the desk additionally has its peculiarities: it’s curved, which provides issue and spectacle.

“It looks like ping pong, but feels and plays like volleyball,” says Agnes, one of many occasion organizers. Ten years in the past, a Hungarian firm designed a warped desk that has served as the premise for various sports activities. “Table football” was first born and, about 4 years in the past, Agnes says, the principles had been designed to adapt the gadget to volleyball lovers, with the addition that it may be performed each indoors and open air. It is a fairly widespread sport in Hungary, its birthplace, which made the leap to the United States with some success. There she seduced gamers like Veronica, who has traveled from California to Badalona able to win. She comes, like virtually all members of the seashore volleyball groups (from 11 nations). And she is without doubt one of the most fervent converts: “Last year I discovered it in a tournament in Miami, and since then I have been training and playing,” she explains earlier than beginning to play along with her teammate: there are 3,000 euros ready for the winner.

Appearing on Saturday within the spherical of 16, Raquel, 25, is without doubt one of the few Spaniards who has participated on this first match in Spain. “You need a lot of control, the ball weighs very little and it immediately goes out of your way.” She doesn’t rule out attempting once more, however she clarifies that for folks like her (she performs on the state seashore volleyball circuit) the monetary endowment have to be enticing sufficient to take the step. Raquel says that the worldwide federation of this sport (Teqvoly) has supplied her and her group a free desk to allow them to proselytize the brand new leisure in her land, Valencia. “I don't know where we were going to put it, but each of these tables costs 3,500 euros, so we kept it and we'll see,” says Raquel, who’s watching the lads's match during which an imposing man virtually two meters tall, hair blond, hits the ball with some devilish blows.

DVD 1215 02/06/24 Badalona.  Teqvoly (table volleyball) tournament, a new sport that combines elements of volleyball with other elements of table tennis, held on the beach of Badalona. [ALBERT GARCIA]
DVD 1215 02/06/24 Badalona. Teqvoly (desk volleyball) match, a brand new sport that mixes parts of volleyball with different parts of desk tennis, held on the seashore of Badalona. [ALBERT GARCIA] Albert Garcia

In the fingers of that monster and with a lot curve, the ball usually goes in the direction of the shoreline (the place folks benefit from the music greater than the match whereas sunbathing) or in the direction of the promenade: return the ball to the court docket with sufficient energy and precision to not make a idiot of your self, it’s the most contact that almost all of the folks of Badalona are going to have this Sunday with desk volleyball. Many sit for a couple of minutes, watch with curiosity because the gamers move the ball to one another after which proceed on their method, carried away by the odor of grilled sardines that already makes itself felt within the eating places within the space at noon.

Paula, nevertheless, continues to be standing on the sand, close to the court docket, the blonde Hercules' recreation. “Don't you know who she is? It's Ivan Zaitsev. That of the Italian team. “One of the best track volleyball teams in the world!” says the young woman, who is a fan of the beach version of that sport. She looks at the strange curved table the organization has set up on the beach for people to play; one of them even has the Badalona flag printed on it (the four bars of the sign and some waves of the sea). But there are no balls nearby and no one offers them, so Paula is left wanting while Zaitsev approaches her position. It seems like a good time to say hello.

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“It's fun and, in fact, it's more technical than track volleyball, because you need a lot of control: the terrain to hit the ball is tiny,” explains the Italian worldwide, recruited to advertise this new sport (and the enterprise that accompanies it). as he walks, with photographs like earthquakes, launched in the direction of the ultimate.

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