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World’s first ‘Caballito de Totora’ contest readies

World’s first ‘Caballito de Totora’ contest readies
Huanchaco © James Vybiral

 

 

Caballito de Totora 

Huanchaco World Surfing Reserve Peru
29 - 30 August 2014

Event celebrates one of humanity’s earliest known surf crafts

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 August, 2014 - Huanchaco, Peru - On August 29th and 30th, Save The Waves Coalition and the Huanchaco World Surfing Reserve will host the world’s first ‘Caballito de Totora’ surf contest.  Built from the locally growing Totora reed, the  “Caballito de Totora” is one of humanity’s earliest known surf crafts. Caballitos de totora are still an integral part of local community life, both for fishing and for recreation in Huanchaco.
 
The goal of the contest is to celebrate the ancient way of life and reignite the local youth’s interest in the traditional surf craft. It will also highlight the environmental issues that affect traditional Caballito fishermen. The contest will feature invited surfers from throughout Northern Peru and is the very first competition of it’s kind.
 
Huanchaco was dedicated as a World Surfing Reserve in October 2013, in large part, because of the strong ocean heritage of the Caballito.

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 and other key partners.

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