Our association Indianoak-Ibaialde was created quite recently, in November 2015.
Objectives of the association : « the development of relationships between the Basque Country and its Diaspora » in particular with relation to « the historical, cultural, sports as well as economic aspects of those relationships »
The association is a product of the association Ibaialde which has already organized the first two fishing longboat expeditions in 2003 and 2013 which sailed up the St. Lawrence river to Quebec , covering over 500 kms each time. The magnitude of the new expedition « Newfoundland 2017 » made it necessary to create a specific entity for its organization.
The association Ibaialde was founded in 1980 along the banks of the Adour river around three themes : sports, culture and festivities, symbolized by its motto « Kirol, Kultur, Kafe eta Konac » !
With over 300 members, the association proposes a wide range of activities ; rowing, boxing, mutxiko, salsa, dances of the world, running, singing, lessons in the basque language. The association was the first to organize a number of events which have become permanent such as Hirukasko, Korrikleta, Zango-Joko, Dantzazpi, Kantaleon…
The rowing section numbers over seventy rowers including women and seniors ; it possesses a number of different vessels ranging from 3 to 14 rowers for the fishing longboat and it is involved every year in different sports cup competitions.
It is the rowing section which was involved in the Indianoak expeditions of 2003 and 2013 which sailed up the St. Lawrence river to Montreal covering a total of over 1000 kms.
In 2017, the members of the rowing section in association with members of the clubs of Getxo and Zarautz as well as rowers from Montreal and Saint Pierre and Miquelon will form the expedition. A new challenge is awaiting them, as they sail in the wake of their ancestors in the icy waters of Newfoundland , only this time around Newfoundland and the French islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.