Beach wrestling


Beach wrestling is an ancient sport that traditionally takes place on dirt, wood chips or sand. Having become popular, this form of fighting has enabled people in countries with very few financial and material resources to be able to try their hand at this activity very easily.

An attractive and fun sport on the sand

Now considered to be attractive and fun, nowadays wrestling is organised on beaches by holiday clubs, federations, etc. With rules that are easy to understand, all that is needed is a referee.

The rules of beach wrestling

This activity is characterised by an absence of action on the ground and involves offensive actions designed to knock your opponent on his back, referred to as the “Tombe” (contact of the shoulder blades with the ground). The aim is to knock your opponent to the ground twice or out of the playing area for up to three minutes. This time may vary according to age (adult or child) or the round may be stopped in the event of injury. Blows, twisting joints, head holds, tickling, and other potentially dangerous moves are forbidden. Attacker must control their balance and their holds to bring their opponent to the ground with just one movement. A referee manages the fight and his or her decisions are final. Finals or major competitions are advised to call upon the services of a qualified refereeing team so as to avoid any disputes (one referee and two Judges).

Official outfits and other meetings

Officially barefoot, male wrestlers must wear Bermuda shorts and a polo shirt or be shirtless and, for women, a bra (surfer style Lycra top) is recommended. During events and other meetings, wrestlers can fight in swimsuits. During team matches, identical clothing of the same colour is required for each team. No jewellery, bracelets, watches, etc. should be worn.

Fair play

As for any respectable sport, participants must accept the rules and decisions of the referees without any discussion and show courtesy and fair play.

Play air

The ground must be composed of level sand, as flat and even as possible, free of any stones or shells. In short, there should be nothing that might harm the wrestlers. The depth of the sand should be at least 20 centimetres and contain fine, well-ventilated grains. For competitions, it is recommended to sift the sand, which should be neither too fine nor too dusty so that it doesn’t stick to the skin.

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