The First Surfers, Huanchaco

Colorfull bus from Trujillo to Huanchaco

Colorful bus from Trujillo to Huanchaco

After a 12 hour over night bus ride, we arrived in Trujillo mid day.  We quickly caught a cab out to Huanchaco and found a nice guest house hostel towards the norther end of town.  They had internet and John and I rested a bit, grabbed a shower and went out for lunch.

Fisherman

Fisherman on his Caballitos de totora

Caballitos de totora are reed watercrafts used by Peruvian fishermen for the past 3,000 years. Named for the way they are ridden, straddled (‘little reed horses’ in English), fishermen use them to transport their nets and collect fish in their inner cavity. They are made from the same reed used by the Los Uros people in the Lake Titicaca region.

Fishermen still use these vessels to this day, riding the waves back into shore, and suggesting some of the first forms of wave riding. There is currently a minor debate in the surfing world (in the surfing community every debate is minor) as to whether or not this constitutes the first form of surfing.

Welcome to Huanchaco

Welcome to Huanchaco

I found a local surf school / shop / board shaper that agreed to fix some of the dings in the board that Gustavo lent me.  It took the entire day to get fixed, which is super fast normally.  Without a board though I could only watch the surf and the playful waves that were rolling through the point at Huanchaco.

Waiting to get the surfboard repaired.

Waiting to get the surfboard repaired.

Yearning For Surf

Yearning For Surf

To kill some time, Jon and I decided to walk the main part of town and take some photos.  It was great having another guy that wanted to shoot, and it was fun finding scenes together.

Its great to have a friend to take pictures of me!

Its great to have a friend to take pictures of me. Wow...I got skinny!

Upper part of the Huanchaco point wave.

Upper part of the Huanchaco point wave.

Local Game of Futbol

Local Game of Futbol

Still waiting for the board to be finished. Still yearning for sleep.

Still waiting for the board to be finished. Still yearning for sleep.

reed boats

Caballitos de totora,reed boats

Sunset at Huanchaco Northern Beach

Sunset at Huanchaco Northern Beach

Friends FOREVER!

Friends FOREVER!

We ate ceviche and had a few beers.  This place was suppose to have some of the best ceviche in town.  It was recommended by the lovely manager of Loki Hostel in Lima.  She gave us great intel of places on our route to Mancora.

Building with some serious character.

Building with some serious character.

There are some amazing building with all sorts of character and beautiful subtle color.  It was not hard finding great pictures.

Door with some serious character.

Door with some serious character.

Alley of Color

Alley of Color

That Way

That Way

This Way

This Way

Another door with some serious character.

Another door with some serious character.

More Character

More Character

Biblioteca

Biblioteca

We caught another red eye bus, so we didn’t even get a full night in Huanchaco.  But we where in a hurry to get to Mancora to meet the swell and hang on the sunny tropical beach.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s