Huanchaco: surf heaven in Latin America

Huanchaco will be the fifth World Surfing Reserve. The Peruvian surf area offers consistent, clean surf and ancient pre-Colombian history as a seafaring town.


Huanchaco will be the first surf region in Latin America to be granted the status of World Surfing Reserve, after Malibu, Ericeira, Manly-Freshwater and Santa Cruz.

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.

"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", underlines Felipe Pomar, the 1965 world surfing champion and prominent ambassador 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.

"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", adds Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association.