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Surf in Huanchaco

Heirs of Surfing

They say Huanchaco is the birthplace of surfing and looks that way because there is a combination between nature and man that is perfect and charming. Here time does not advance stopped to preserve the ancient craft "the horse totora" today there is a whole consevadoras mistura of generations of our traditions.

It seems that the surfboard comes to Huanchaco in 1964. The United States brought a group of young trujillanos belonging to the upper class who were already practicing surfing in Lima. Start running waves in the 'curvita' next to the pier and across from the 'traditional' village of Huanchaco. Shortly after moving to the beach the 'Elio' in the same Huanchaco. In those years practiced long and heavy surf 'planks' without shelter or protection in cold waters. They came to Huanchaco from Trujillo by car every day of the year. Were buried in the sand and made bonfires to keep warm. Shortly after Trujillo became the Lima surfer known Gordo Barreda bringing tables for sale thereby increasing the number of trujillanos surfers. Also surfed waves in the exclusive resort of Las Delicias and in the port of Salaverry. In 1972 championships table on the north coast beaches Pacasmayo and Huanchaco start. Table tournaments were accompanied by traditional Hawaiian feasts 'Luau'. The surfers Trujillo and Lima Lima Waikiki exclusive club had a strong relationship and shared moments around the practice of surfing at parties and championships. Famous characters Hawaiian surfers and felt at home in the luau parties Trujillo. Abound in the oral tradition anecdotes surfers and the 'historical' events in the history of surfing in Trujillo and Huanchaco, interesting for members of the surf culture topics. One of the legendary surfers, Carlos 'Yucca' Jacobs, had a volkswagen grill, aunts was commissioned some plants in nurseries. He never fell plants grill and summer rains grew and seemed a car with wig. So, this legendary surfer Trujillo received the nickname of 'Yucca'. Another story says that in Las Delicias is learned to run with the bulletin board 'Hula hula', a character who walked the beaches of Trujillo with his car and a portable record player that played pure northern fishing. Stories like these are the delight of the oral tradition of local surfers. Vacationers Huanchaco frequented only in the summer season to coincide with student holidays, the months of January, February and March. Little by little they were staying longer in Huanchaco and bought houses for the season. Years passed and generations of surfers, and vacationers they became also residents 'huanchaqueros'. Surfing becomes more popular as time passes though still very expensive for most (surfer magazine No. 27, pp: 42-48).

Eventually some huanchaqueros (for this study only the natives and descendants of fishermen) are added to the world of surfing, surely borrowed tables because it was a dream to buy a nearly utopian. Until the mid-seventies it seems that the surfboard is used to ride waves by locals continuously. Since then it has increased the amount of huanchaqueros surfers, but undoubtedly remain a minority. Surfing is still too expensive, so its continued practice to be very difficult for most yet has the desire to do so but not the possibilities.