Peruvian surf breaks get presidential protection

December 13, 2013 | Environment
Huanchaco: protected by law

The Peruvian President has officially signed the law that will protect Peru's coastline and its surf breaks.

Ollanta Humala will be part of the history of Peruvian surfing for the good reasons. The Peruvian President has understood the importance of wave riding and the environmental issues behind this outdoor activity.

"If we are leaders in surfing at the regional and international levels, why not keep supporting this sport that adds value to our country. It's worth worrying about sport", says President Ollanta Humala.

With the surf community's influence from beaches across the country, such as Punta Rocas and La Herradura, an agreement was reached with the Peruvian Congress to get Law 2780 a reality.

Iconic Peruvian surf breaks such as the historic left-point break of Huanchaco, and its 4,000 year old history tracing back to the use of "Cabalitos de Totora", will benefit from this law that will protect Peru's beaches from construction that may affect the coast and its waves that are ideal for surfing.

The Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Education, Peru’s Navy, Peruvian Institute of Sport, as well as the Peruvian Surfing Federation, teamed up to solve this major environmental matter.

"One of the most ocean-loving countries in the world, Peru is showing the way to the rest of the world. This is no coincidence since it was a Peruvian, Mr. Eduardo Arena, who was elected first president of the just founded ISA, in 1964", added Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

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