Local Stewardship Council
President: Ramon Castro
Ambassador: Felipe Pomar Rospigliosi
Reserve Manager: Fernando Luis Ganoza Romero
Fernando Bazán Pinillos
Juan Carlos Ferrer Calderón
Alfredo Gamero Jacobs
Bernardo Alva Pérez
Fernando Rodríguez Taboada
Javier Fernandez Urbina
Alonso Venegas Espejo
Carlos Antonio Ferrer
Huanchaco WSR Poster Now Available
January 2013; Dedicated: October 26, 2013.
Quality and Consistency:
Huanchaco is known as a destination in Peru for its consistent, clean surf and ancient pre-Colombian history as a seafaring town. Huanchaco boasts a talented local surf scene that feasts on the consistent lefts that peel year-round. The classic sand bottom left hand point break that sits in the center of town is a regional classic. Most consistent from April to October, Huanchaco works on swells from 1 to 3 meters. An exceptional performance wave on most days, conditions can get more critical when a strong south swell fills in at the point.
Surf Culture and History:
There is no other surf community like Huanchaco, Peru. It is a small coastal city that straddles three millennia. A place where thrusters and air-reverses regularly share the lineup with pre-Columbian fishing boats. Huanchaco is considered one of the places the sport of surfing was first practiced by fisherman over 2,500 years ago. The strong ocean culture of Huanchaco is also credited with being the birthplace of Peru’s “caballito de totora” – one of humanity’s earliest known surf crafts – and the artisanal fishing community can still be seen using these crafts to ply the waves for both work and pleasure.
In August of 2014, the Huanchaco World Surfing Reserve and Save The Waves Coalition hosted the inaugural Huanchaco Surf Cup. The highlight of the contest was the surfing of the “Caballistas” who demonstrated the functionality and performance of these ancient crafts in shoulder to head high surf.
Environmental Characteristics and Issues:
Immediately after its designation as a World Surfing Reserve, the Huanchaco Local Stewardship Council, with the support of Save The Waves Coalition, was able to stop an illegal coastal trash dumpsite in the neighboring municipality of Buenos Aires. Building off this initial success, the Huanchaco World Surfing Reserve is focused on protecting the wetlands where the native ‘totora’ reeds grow which are used to make the ancient ‘caballito de totoras’. They are also focused on bringing permanent legal protection to Huanchaco through Peru’s groundbreaking ‘Ley de Rompientes’ legislation, which is the world’s first law in protection of waves.
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” – one of humanity’s earliest known surf crafts used to ply the waves for both work and pleasure.
“I am excited and very pleased that Huanchaco has achieved World Surfing Reserve status. 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,” said Felipe Pomar, the 1965 World Surfing Champion, who continues to be a prominent ambassador and elder statesman for Peruvian surfing culture.
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 management of the 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.”