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Caballitos de Totora - Huanchaco Beach Peru

by David & Lin
(Huanchaco, La Libertad, Peru)

Caballitos de Totora Huanchaco

Caballitos de Totora Huanchaco

These reed boats, known as Caballitos de Totora (Reed Ponies) are straddled by local fishermen who paddle them out through the surf.


Behind the fisherman is an indented flat area that holds his net.

When paddling back in the evening, the fisherman take advantage of the surf, standing up and "surfing" in on their reed boats.

Found in archaeological diggings, these single-person, stand-up surfing vehicles date back 3,000 years, making Huanchaco Beach the home of the first surfers in the history of the world.

As a result, Huanchaco was recognized as a World Surfing Reserve by the organization Save The Waves Coalition in 2012.

Today, you can pay one of the locals to take you out on one of their Caballitos and ride the surf back in.

Cheap fun!


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Peru Surfing Beaches Protected by Law
by: Chaco

I notice in the news that Peru has commited to protecting surfing beaches by law.

This would include the national heritage of surfing of the caballitos de totora of Huanchaco.

No building of jetties, piers, walls, or other structures that would change the surf of a beach.

This is for all of Peru.

Peru appreciates their surfing heritage, a cultural trademark of centuries past.

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