The Beach Bat Guide
Today our beach bats are hand-carved by the local artisans, known as the marceneiros, but the first person to make a frescobol cat was Lian Pontes de Carvalho. in 1945, the young Carioca gathered some smooth driftwood from the sea shore, just a stone’s throw away from the grandeur of the Copacabana Palace Hotel, and carved it into a set of bats. He peeled away the outer coating of a tennis ball, and took his creation back to the soft sand of posto 5. A bat was passed to a friend, and a light-hearted rally began naturally, making Lian both the first frescobol player, and inventor of the sport.
The spirit of the game struck a chord with the people of Rio, and soon it became a ubiquitous part of a day at the beach for Cariocas of all ages, a tradition that we’re happy to say continues to this day.
As the hero product that started our brand, we are now pleased to expand our beach bat range with the Palmas model. Read on below to find out which style is right for you.
THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: PALMAS
Palmas beach on the island of Ilha Grande in Rio de Janeiro state is renowned for its large unbroken sweep of golden sand. This brand new bat style reflects the rolling simplicity of this stretch of coastline, carved from sustainably sourced pine from the south of Brazil. Made from one piece of wood, these bats weigh less than our original hardwood bats, and are ideal for those travelling light, finished off with an eye-catching black neoprene grip. Take a taste of the Carioca lifestyle, you just might like it.
THE MINIMALIST OBJET D’ART: TRANCOSO
The aesthetic of our Trancoso bat is minimalist and clean, composed of five different wood offcuts. It takes its name and simplicity from the beachside town in Bahia, famous for its tranquility and uncluttered beaches and restaurants.
THE COSMOPOLITAN EDITION: LEBLON
The Leblon bat has a complex, dynamic structure, made from up to 17 individual pieces of wood. The style is named for Rio’s most exclusive neighbourhood, and its detailed design reflects the buzzing nightlife and lively beaches found there.