Frescobol or Beach Paddle Ball has its origins in Rio de Janeiro on the infamous Copacabana Beach, Brazil in the mid 1940's. Originally the sport and game was played with hand shaped wooden rackets and tennis balls. However American racquetballs were introduced in 1976 which brought greater speed and agility to the sport. Frescobol or the Beach Paddle ball game is sometimes confused with Beach Tennis - which is a hybrid of tennis, beach volleyball and badminton. It is played with a net - however unlike Frescoball the objective is to score points against an opponent.