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CABALLITO DE TOTORA, THE WORLDS OLDEST SURF BOARD, NOW HAS A PERMANENT HOME

CABALLITO DE TOTORA, THE WORLDS OLDEST
SURF BOARD, NOW HAS A PERMANENT HOME

Surf World has welcomed a new addition to our collection – a board from Peru called the Caballito de Totora.

The caballito has been named the world’s oldest surfboard. Andy Mac lead a project of Peruvian surfers and fishermen to bring the reeds over from Peru.

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Andy Mac delivering this unique piece of memorabilia to Surf World

Huevito Ucanan, 43 yr old fisherman, came over from his beachside town of Huanchaco, Peru to Australia and built the board from scratch at a Sydney beach in under two hours. "He put all the reeds out in bundles and rolled them all together into the middle, like rolling a cigarette, then he bound them together," Andy said "Before you knew it he had just rolled it all up into one 14ft Peruvian reed board, he just churned it out in an hour and a half." Huevito has been making and surfing caballitos since he was 12 years old.

Huevito showed off his skills of craftsmanship and board riding skills along the East coast of Australia in March, travelling from Bondi to Noosa before his final stop on the Gold Coast to deliver the board to the surf museum."More and more people because of this tour have become aware of such a thing exists and when they come to Surf World they can see it first hand," Andy Mac said

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