Last Monday, surfing was part for the first time in the Pan American Games, Lima 2019. Often called the “Hawaii of America”, it might be new to the championship, but not in Peru.
According to Yahoo! News, many people claim that Peru is home to the longest waves, which is why Peruvian coasts are a top destination for surfers from all over the world.
“Surfing is a way of life in Peru, which has been called the Hawaii of Latin America. Sure, millions have marveled at the famed Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and tasted the cuisine that fuses indigenous traditions with European, African and Asian influences through fresh ingredients, including an abundance of seafood from the Pacific Ocean’s chilly Humboldt current. But Peru also is synonymous with surfing”, you can read on the aforementioned website.
According to this information, surfing goes way back to the pre-Inca Chimu civilization when people used little boats called “caballitos” to ride the waves.
“I consider Peru second only to Hawaii in the evolution of the sport,” former professional surfer and lawmaker Fred Hemmings told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Kailua, Hawaii, as you can read in Yahoo! News.
Surfing will also debut at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.