20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Birth of surf

Puerto Malabrigo is typical, lazy, fishing village. In the summer time many surfers will visit, but in the winter, almost everyone leaves. The area is known as the birth place of ceviche. And surf too… Caballitos de totora are vessels that are made from reed. Local fishermen still use them, as they did 3000 years ago, when archaeologists are placing the ancient, pottery discoveries of Moche and Chimu cultures. They ride the waves to come back to the shore =surfing… Local legends whisper that a Peruvian fisherman rode the Humboldt current all the way to Hawai’i, some 9000 plus kilometers away and introduced them to wave riding. True or not, it’s pretty cool that such a debate exists…

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Huanchaco, Peru
Camera: ILCE-1
Copyright: © Tihomir Trichkov