FRANCE  |  French Riviera, France Travel Guide
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Bookmark and Share

Belles Rives Ski Club

Riviera sport
The French Riviera & Maritime Alps
33 04 93 74 45 54

Type: Water Sports

Comments ( 0 )
Rating (0 Votes)
No votes yet
Antibes-Juan les Pins claims to be the birthplace of that quintessential Riviera sport, waterskiing. According to the local story, Léo Roman and two brothers named Le Bihan experimented with the new-fangled activity off Juan les Pins, invented and named it in 1931. As usual with such claims, there are counter-claims and there’s a school of thought that says waterskiing was invented on a Minnesota lake in the 1920s. Regardless, they have been doing it here for a long time. Certainly it is where the sport was introduced to the Riviera; the first international waterskiing federation was founded here and the first world championships were held here in 1949. Naturally, it is something of a mecca for enthusiasts and good-quality lessons are available at half a dozen beaches. Nowadays, other boat-tow sports, like wake boarding and parascending, are available at the same beaches, clubs and hotels.
Last updated January 13, 2008
Posted in   France  |  French Riviera
 |  RSS


Explore the Destination
Amenities and Resources
Trending Themes:

Guides to Popular Ski Resorts

  • Ischgl is a small mountain village turned hip ski resort, with massive appeal among the party-hearty young crowds. It is... Read More

  • Andorra la Vella is its own little world, and not just because it’s a 290-square-mile independent principality (a fifth the... Read More

  • Bariloche (officially San Carlos de Bariloche) is the place to be seen. It is to Argentina what Aspen is to the... Read More

  • Aspen is America's most famous ski resort. And that's an understatement. For, as a ski complex, Aspen is unsurpassed. Its... Read More

  • Zermatt is a small but glamorous mountain resort town, with a population of approximately 5,700. It is one of Switzerland's... Read More

  • St. Moritz is a glitzy, alpine resort town in the celebrated Engadin Valley of Switzerland, with huge notoriety as the... Read More

  • Lake Tahoe is the premier lake resort of America, and the largest alpine lake in all of North America. It is an absolutely... Read More

  • St. Anton, Sankt Anton am Arlberg in German, is Austria's premier ski-bum resort! It's actually a small village cum... Read More

  • Kitzbühel, a small, Tyrolian resort town in the Kitzbüheler Alps, comes with international renown and huge snob appeal, and... Read More


Copyright © 2010-2013 Indian Chief Travel Guides. Images tagged as (cc) are licensed under the Creative Commons CC-BY-SA license.