15 septembre 2015

Bressuire, France and Pleasanton, USA: Dan McKIM superstar

There is no doubt about it:  Dan McKIM is definitely the thrower of the year.Everybody remembers he became the 2015 IHGF World champion in Bressuire after the final event, weight for height, and a winner at 5.10m under the pouring rain. His title ha been the conclusion of a splendid competition with Matt VINCENT and a last-minute victory after the final event. After winning in Bressuire, Dan also prevailed at the World Heavy Event in Pleasanton, California a few days ago.And the Top 4 of this competition is ni real... [Lire la suite]

10 septembre 2015

12 great champions, 12 grinning faces

Throwing weights, stones or heavy corks isn't particularly easy...And, thanks to our photographers, you can see that on the twelve champions' faces Craig SINCLAIR and Dan Mc KIM throwing weights for distance Seb WENTA et Matt VINCENT throwing the Bressuire cork Sinclair PATIENCE and Jono Mc FARLANE throwing the weight for distance Matt DOHERTY throwing the stone LuKasz WENTA, Pieter-Karst BOUMA and Robert FAZEKAS throwing the weight for distance Jimmy WAN DE WALLE finishing his hammer-throw and  Scott RIDER ready... [Lire la suite]
04 septembre 2015

An unbelievable 52 cms: A bigger arm than Seb Wenta’s

Hey Seb, you have lost one of your records! I’m sure you remember the blog celebrated your right arm in one of its posts a few weeks ago ? It was entitled: Who's the biggest arm in this exceptionnal line-up? 50 cms : That was great, that was exceptionnal ! But sorry to disappoint you : The blogger has found another athlete with a bigger arm than yours ! Yours  is 50 cms (photo)… but  now you are 2 cms short. The new record-holder  isn’t a thrower but he is a world champion in another... [Lire la suite]
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31 août 2015

Just a few things you can do with a caber...

There are different ways to use a caber : just have a look at these photos! Either you carry it or you toss it. It just depends where you come from.  But this is just the same in Bressuire : There are the people who carry it and we call them the Bockers… And there are the people who are going to toss it : they are the professionnal throwers But there are other categories : The people just like Jean-Louis COPPET who carefully look after them... And also those like Franck POUHET who just saw them... [Lire la suite]
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18 août 2015

So French! A new video about the Bressuire Games

Pipers, dancers, the Top 12 of professionnal throwers (photo by Marie-Claire GIRAUD) and 10.000 enthusiastic spectators in Bressuire, France.Here we are in the castle for the 2015 IHGF Highland Games World Championships. Enjoy this special atmosphere thanks to Bernard Cornet's film edited by the French blogger! Have fun! Bressuire Highland Games  
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12 août 2015

Jean-Louis COPPET: "Unforgettable emotions in a magic setting"

An interview with Jean-Louis COPPET, the man in charge of the IHGF Worlds in Bressuire: "Loads of memories cross the mind two months later. And it is not an easy job to sort things out. What with the time-consuming and busy preparation work, the events and performances in the world competition and the festival , the intense emotions at the dawn of the week-end and the mustering of the 240 volunteers for the week-end. Thanks and Congratulations It was after reading the numerous words of thanks and congratulations to our committee,... [Lire la suite]

08 août 2015

Who's the biggest arm in this exceptional line-up?

In France, we like competitions. All kinds of competitions.. So, during the presentation of the throwers to the sponsors the day before the IHGF Worlds in Bressuire, they all laughed when the speaker-blogger decided to check who had the biggest arm... Of course, there wouldn't be another opportunity  like that in Bressuire, France with such a line-up between 104 and 155 kilos. Just have a look! And the speaker-blogger started his job with the first candidate: Seb WENTA from Poland. Sebastian WENTA, 19.68 inches And the... [Lire la suite]
25 juillet 2015

Bressuire IHGF Worlds: and now a video...

Laurène CASSEVILLE is a young journalist and video-reporter. She did enjoy the spirit and the atmosphere of the Highland Games World Championship in Bressuire.That's why her short film is worth watching.Thanks Laurène! According to Jean-Louis COPPET, more then 10.000 people attended the Games in Bressuire. Of course, most of them came on Saturday under the sun. But the pouring rain on Sunday didn't stop many others from watching the Games until the end. And they did enjoy the suspense for the final victory between Matt VINCENT... [Lire la suite]
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19 juillet 2015

Superposition, Flip-books: Strange cabers flying in Bressuire

Our photographer Thierry TURC is a specialist of Superposition. That's why Xavier TATIBOUET's caber-throw during the French Masters Championship at the Bressuire castle looks particularly strange and impressive. But Thierry is also a specialist of flip-booking. Just click on this photo to enjoy Scott RIDER's caber-toss under the rain at the end of the IHGF Worlds in Bressuire It's not a video. It's just a flip-book with two photos per second.. Quite an original tribute to the 2015 caber-toss world champion, isn't it?. Thanks,... [Lire la suite]
17 juillet 2015

Cats and dogs, hammers and tongs

In Bressuire just like everywhere in the World, Highland Games are fun under the sun. But they are not necessarily a pain under the rain. That was the case in Bressuire for the IHGF WorldsEverybody was great on Saturday when the sun was shining But athletes, spectators and volunteers were even greater on Sunday in spite of the apocalyptic weather. And there were no "Flowers of Scotland" for the pipers: just "Showers of Scotland" in Bressuire-the-Scot But even if it was raining cats and dogs, they were all hammers and tongs ... [Lire la suite]