Huanchaco, Peru

Huanchaco Formally Dedicated as Fifth World Surfing Reserve
Community Comes Together to Honor the Past and Steward the Future

October 30, 2013 – Huanchaco, Peru – The local and international communities came together on Friday and Saturday to commemorate and celebrate Huanchaco as a World Surfing Reserve, the first World Surfing Reserve in Latin America. In a series of events that saw everything from cultural re-enactments, fireworks, and attendance by Peru’s surfing elite – the importance of this designation for the local community and Peruvian surfing community was center stage.

Felipe Pomar, the 1965 World Surfing Champion, who continues to be a prominent ambassador and elder statesman for Peruvian surfing culture, said, “It was an honor and a great pleasure for me to be present at the dedication of the Huanchaco World Surfing Reserve. Thanks to the initiative of Save The Waves Coalition, surfers in Peru and throughout the world can be assured that this ancient cradle of surf culture will be recognized, protected and preserved. My heartfelt thanks to Save The Waves, National Surfing Reserves Australia, Thor Heyerdahl, Duke Kahanamoku, Carlos Dogny, and all the great surfers who have made this possible.  I call on surfers everywhere to get organized and work to save our waves.”

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 the local community, both for fishing and recreation.

The heralded Huanchaco surf zone joins just four other sites to claim such status—Malibu in California, Ericeira in Portugal, Manly Beach in Australia, and Santa Cruz in California.

On Friday night, the community came together to kick off the weekend’s festivities with a traditional caballito de totora paddle out, fireworks, and live traditional music.  The official dedication day took place on Saturday and culminated in an inspiring cultural reenactment, traditional dances, the introduction of the Huanchaco Local Stewardship Council, remarks from invited dignitaries, and the unveiling of the Huanchaco World Surfing Reserve monument and booklet. A private reception for invited guests, dignitaries and press took place at Club Huanchaco following the enshrinement ceremonies.

“It is amazing to see how much pride the community has in their waves, their culture, their coast and now their World Surfing Reserve. It is very inspiring to be a part of this process,” said Save The Waves Executive Director, Nik Strong-Cvetich.

During the Saturday event, the members of the Local Stewardship Council signed a stewardship plan that they co-drafted with Save The Waves Coalition to guide the management of the newly established Reserve. The plan includes how the group will address coastal threats to the  Huanchaco Reserve, how they will continue to educate others about the tremendous value of their waves, and how they will inspire stewardship for the area.

“This dedication and the signing of the document represents the culmination of many months of hard work”, said Nick Mucha, Environmental and Programs Director for Save The Waves, “ However, this is just the beginning, and the real challenge is the continued protection of this amazing coast and culture.”

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.

For more information:
www.worldsurfingreserves.org
www.savethewaves.org

USA Contacts:
•    Nik Strong-Cvetich WSR Executive Committee, Executive Director – Save The Waves:  +1-206-930-9457• nik@savethewaves.org
•    Nick Mucha, Environmental & Program Director, Save The Waves: +1-831-345-4837 • nick.mucha@savethewaves.org
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Huanchaco, Peru is officially approved as a World Surfing Reserve. This historic surfing region is the first WSR in Latin America.

Public dedication on October 26th.

September 12, 2013 - Save The Waves Coalition and the Local Stewardship Council in Huanchaco, Peru are excited to announce that the World Surfing Reserve enshrinement dedication will take place Sunday, October 26th in Huanchaco, Peru.

The Huanchaco World Surfing Reserve represents the fifth World Surfing Reserve, and the first Reserve in Latin America.

The Local Stewardship Council, which is tasked with the ongoing planning and management for the Reserve, has been busy preparing for this historic event. They have also shown tremendous leadership in the creation of a long-term Stewardship Plan. Working alongside STW staff the Local Stewardship Council has adopted a Stewardship Plan that proactively identifies threats to the Reserve and outlines concrete actions to preserve the rich environmental and cultural attributes within the Reserve.

The Stewardship Plan, the World Surfing Reserve plaque, and their commemorative World Surfing Reserve booklet will be unveiled at their highly anticipated enshrinement ceremony on October 26th. Dignitaries from the global surfing community, Peruvian surf elders, supporting politicians, and environmentalists will gather to formally enshrine the Reserve with traditional Peruvian fanfare.

Huanchaco is known as a destination in Peru for its consistent, clean surf and ancient pre-Colombian history as a seafaring town. The strong ocean culture of Huanchaco is also credited with being the birthplace of Peru’s “caballito de totora” – a small reed fishing boat and one of humanity’s earliest known surf crafts used to ply the waves for both work and pleasure.

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October 3, 2012 – World Surfing Reserves and Save The Waves Coalition are pleased to announce that Huanchaco, Peru, has been formally approved as a World Surfing Reserve. Huanchaco becomes just the fifth site to receive such status, and the first in Latin America. The approval follows a national campaign by Peruvian surfers and ocean enthusiasts to have the historic coastal area and corresponding surf spots recognized by World Surfing Reserves.

 

Huanchaco is known as a destination in Peru for its consistent, clean surf and ancient pre-Colombian history as a seafaring town. The strong ocean culture of Huanchaco is also credited with being the birthplace of Peru’s “caballito de totora” – a small reed fishing boat and one of humanity’s earliest known surf crafts used to ply the waves for both work and pleasure. 

 

Felipe Pomar, the 1965 World Surfing Champion, who continues to be a prominent ambassador and elder statesman for Peruvian surfing culture, was happy to hear the news. “I am excited and very pleased with this news regarding the Huanchaco World Surfing Reserve,” Mr. Pomar said. “Huanchaco has a wave-riding tradition that dates back thousands of years. I commend World Surfing Reserves and all Peruvians for moving to preserve and protect this unique and historical beach.”

 

In addition to its significant cultural heritage, the hardworking fishermen of Huanchaco and the strong local and national community support also add to its qualifications as a World Surfing Reserve. Diverse committees of local, national and international surf clubs and NGOs are working together with individual community leaders here to guarantee the successful implementation of a Huanchaco World Surfing Reserve. 

 

Fernando Aguerre, a member of the World Surfing Reserves Vision Council and president of the International Surfing Association, stated: "Huanchaco is surfing’s equivalent to the great pyramids, an ancient cradle for surf culture. I am excited to watch Huanchaco continue to evolve its surfing heritage as a World Surfing Reserve." 

 

Beyond its cultural and aesthetic significance, each World Surfing Reserve is a meeting of land and sea selected for the unique and salutary nature of its waves and natural setting. The dedication of each WSR seeks the protection of this coastal zone of waves and habitat from inappropriate development through international and local partnerships that build community around conservation, to improve and guide stewardship of the area.

 

Please stay tuned for more news and progress in the coming months about the dedication and implementation of Huanchaco as a World Surfing Reserve, which is anticipated to happen in 2013.

 

Huanchaco surf photos by Carlos Antonio Ferrer.

 


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