Caballitos de Totora Huanchaco, Peru © Rommel Gonzales
Huanchaco to be officially dedicated on October 26th
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 October, 2013 : - - The small but legendary surfing town of Huanchaco in Peru will be officially dedicated as a World Surfing Reserve on October 26th in a series of beachfront celebrations and ceremonies, joining an elite list of surfing regions across the globe that hold the honour.
The current Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott MP joined Kelly Slater just two years ago in dedicating Manly-Freshwater as the first WSR in Australia. The Gold Coast on Queensland’s famous tourism-surfing coast is also to be nominated next year with discussions currently underway with member of the Gold Coast surfing and broader community.
World and National Surfing Reserves bring enormous prestige and tourism dollars to those cities fortunate to be voted by a global WSR Vision Council of surfing experts and elders representing many groups worldwide.
Brad Farmer, co-founder of World Surfing Reserves and executive member said: "How powerful and pioneering is it that a simple idea which started in Australia 20 years ago, is now formally recognising our irreplaceable wave zones as ‘heritage sites’ like UNESCO. Huanchaco is an ancient cradle for surf culture and like Sydney, Gold Coast, Margaret River or Bells Beach is highly worthy of world accolade.”
The heralded Huanchaco surf zone joins just four other sites to claim such status—Malibu in California, Ericeira in Portugal, Manly-Freshwater Beach in Australia, and Santa Cruz in California. Huanchaco will represent the first World Suring Reserve site in Latin America. The dedication ceremony will officially establish the Huanchaco World Surfing Reserve, covering approximately three miles of surf-rich, environmentally diverse coastline.
Huanchaco received its approval as a World Surfing Reserve in October 2012. Its application ranked highly on all World Surfing Reserve’s criteria: wave quality and consistency, unique environmental characteristics, surf culture and history, and community support. Most impressive is Huanchaco’s strong ocean heritage, which spans over 3,000 years. The strong ocean culture of Huanchaco is credited with being the birthplace of Peru’s “caballito de totora” – one of humanity’s earliest known surf crafts used to ply the waves for both work and pleasure. Caballitos de totora are still an integral part of local community life, both for fishing and for recreation.
The local stewardship council (LSC) a model formed for Australia’s National Surfing Reserves, which oversees the World Surfing Reserve in Huanchaco, has spent the past four months working with Californian-based Save The Waves Coalition in developing a stewardship plan to guide the conservation efforts within the reserve boundaries. This stewardship plan outlines clear strategies to help them achieve their two stated objectives: improve the coastal environment, and maintain their local traditional culture.
Felipe Pomar, the 1965 World Surfing Champion, who continues to be a prominent Ambassador and elder statesman for Peruvian surfing culture, said: “I am excited and very pleased with this news regarding the Huanchaco World Surfing Reserve,” said Pomar.
Save The Waves Coalition Executive Director, Nik Strong-Cvetich concluded “Save the Waves is proud to be part of the team helping to conserve the surf resources within the Huanchaco World Surfing Reserve, and protect traditions that date back millennia.”
About World Surfing Reserves
World Surfing Reserves (WSR) proactively identifies, designates, and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and their surrounding environments, around the world. WSR is an initiative launched by Save the Waves Coalition in 2009 in conjunction with National Surfing Reserves Australia and other partners.
Author: Brad Farmer
Tags: National Surfing Reserves, Government, Brad Farmer