This has its origin in the work of the rural environment and in the Basques’ competitive spirit. Work that would usually be done in country houses became challenges between inhabitants or to see who had the greater skill, or who did it more quickly. This is why it is more usual for this tradition to be maintained in towns than in cities.
Cutting down trees, lifting stones, pelota vasca, sokatira, oxen pulling stones, barrenadores, who make holes in stones using a steel bar, scythers, corn cob gathering, regattas… These are sports that require great physical strength and resistance. Among them all, the most popular with the most followers today are the hand ball game and the regattas, with a large number of followers of all ages.
Connected to rural sport is betting. Bets are usually made at different rural sport competitions between the public and those taking part.