Getting ready for the 5th Annual Pétanque America Open on Amelia Island

Already the 5th Annual Pétanque America Open Tournament, as the French Provincial (Provence) ball game has taken Amelia Island by storm. The local Boule Club became the largest club in the US, exactly one year ago and registration of the tournament had to become selective with only space for 256 players or 128 teams.

And as usual when space becomes premium, the quality goes up. And mark this, not only registration had to be closed 2 months ahead of the tournament (Sept. 13), we’re also welcoming 5 WORLD CHAMPIONS, who collectively won every other title in the sports -Marco Foyot (1992), Claudy Weibel (2000), Dylan Rocher (2012), Jean-Francois Hemon (2000).

The countries represented in the 2013 tournament are the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Australia, Slovakia, Canada, Great-Britain, Mexico, Poland, Cayman Islands and Switzerland and the States in the Union represented are Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, New Mexico, Virginia, California, Arizona, Oregon, New Jersey, Washington, New York, Maine, South Carolina, Connecticut, Colorado, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Illinois, Maryland.

Since 2009 the tournament is played on the courts that are specially built on the boat trailer parking lot on the river in Downtown Fernandina Beach

The Program starts with

Clinics on Friday Nov 8
World Champions Marco Foyot,  Damien Hureau and Dylan Rocher will each hold 3 clinics. The latter two with assistance of Claudy Weibel.
One clinic in the morning, two in the afternoon.
60 minutes, max. 10 participants, $25 p.p.
Ed Porto & Frank Pipal (FPUSA) will hold 3 clinics, intended for beginners.
One in the morning, two in the afternoon.
60 minutes, max. 10 participants, $15 p.p.
The clinics are not simultaneous, so you can participate in more than one.
Part of the proceeds will benefit Eight Flags Playscapes, a new local playground for children of all abilities.
Participation is on a first reply basis.
Payment (cash or check) at the tent, before the clinic.

Player Registration 2-5pm

Opening Party 5-7:30pm with foods provided by downtown restaurants, beverages and Live Music by Dan Voll and Friends

Tournament starts Saturday Nov 9  for timeline program click here

Saturday Lunchtime Live Music by Island Vibe.

Sunday Lunchtime Live Music by Dan Voll and Friends

Sunday Closing Party Live Music by Island Vibe

TIP: If you don’t have too much time to spend this weekend, then open your calendar up for the SHOOTING CONTEST between the 5 World Champions sometime around 5pm on Saturday. We promise your jaw will drop!