Provençal water joustingProvençal water jousting consists of a battle on the water between two people in different boats on top of a platform called a “teinteine” in Provençal. As the boats move towards each other, the opponents try to push each other in the water with a lance. They wear a wooden shield on their left for protection. The boats are generally different colours to distinguish between the different teams.
Provençal water jousting is particularly violent and has extremely complicated codification. The combat is virile and jousters falls rowdily. There are more rules than for classic water jousting. For example, jousters must not have their feet joined when hitting. Jousters must place their left foot in front of the white line of their platform, and their right foot behind it. If a jouster’s right foot crosses the line when they hit, they are disqualified and their opponent wins.
Provençal water jousting, more commonly known as Targo, is different to other classic water jousting: the lance is shorter and the platform is narrower. Provençal Targo is practised in France on the Mediterranean coast. It is a typical sporting activity during festivals organised in the name of patron saints in southern cities.
This sport, once practised by men only, now attracts more and more women and children.