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Photo by Jorge Acosta

Photo by Jorge Acosta

Photo by Jorge Acosta

Photo by Jorge Acosta

Photo by Jorge Acosta

Photo by Jorge Acosta

Power surfing

The Peruvian coast is a paradise for surfers. All the way along the coastline we find magnificent waves for different levels, from the beginner to the advanced. International class waves are found within beautiful scenery where we can try exquisite seafood which, accompanied by the warmth of our people, will make Peru your second home.
The history of surfing in Peru dates back to ancient times, when northern Peruvians caught waves on their “caballitos de totora” (seahorses made from reeds), at the end of the day spent fishing. This activity is represented in the ceramics of the Mochica culture, from the northern coast.
The famous caballitos de torora are small crafts made from the reed known as totora, which comes from the coastal and high-Andean lakes. This ancient practice has been handed down from generation to generation in the towns of Northern Peru. Nowadays this practice can be seen in the resort of Huanchaco, close to the city of Trujillo. As some additional information we can add that since ancient times, Peruvians crossed the Pacific ocean in boats made from this reed, as evidence has been found in Polynesia.

The city of Lima offers waves for beginners at Makaha beach, or at La Pampilla for intermediates, to the legendary beach of La Herradura. A powerful left break which is in good condition when the sea is rough. To the south of Lima we find breaks of a basic level, such as San Bartolo, breaks of intermediate level such as Señoritas or Caballeros and we also find waves of a higher level, where you can feel the adrenaline such as the legendary beaches of Punta Rocas, Peñascal and the giant wave at Pico Alto, the biggest in South America. The three are world class right breaks.

We cannot fail to mention the now legendary wave of the San Gallan Island, close to the Paracas National Reserve. A world class wave, it breaks to the right in a place where the only things to do are surf, eat and sleep….
Heading north we find secret spots, where your surfing will flow just from the photos. Pacasmayo, for example; a charming small town with a right wave which is good in the mornings. The traditional beach resort of Huanchaco awaits us with its population who have been surfing the waves since ancient times.

The outstanding beaches on the north coast are Puerto Chicama, which is the left-break considered to be the longest in the world, 1km long, with different sections which you are sure to break with your best surfing. Another world class break is at Cabo Blanco, the wave breaks on the reef, to the left, straight to the pipe. In the nearby area there are breaks such as Panic Point; its name says it all. The north has its attractions and it shows them off with pride.

The south offers us breaks such as Mejia in Arequipa, and in Ilo the popular Boca del Rio, clear water with good pipe. The wave at Piedras Negras is a fierce left break, found close to the Ilo Port.
The relationship between Peruvian man and the sea has been since the beginning of time; we proudly talk about the Moche civilization as the precursors of world surfing and even now we are proud of our world champions such as the legendary Felipe Pomar, the queen Sofia Mulanovich, and the popular “Magoo” de la Rosa.
In Peru we are children of the sea. Here we say: Waves to live, live for the waves.

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