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A Mancora local teaches surfing to tourists. Many people believe, especially Peruvians, that the first surfers were from Peru. It is said that 5000 years ago the fisherman of the pre-Incan empire of Chan Chan, were the first to ride waves in their 'Caballos de Totora', a long surfboard shaped boat made from a local plant.  Some historians believe that these ancient South American cultures had contact with the Polynesians, who later brought the idea to Hawaii. Wherever surfing did originate, its modern form has come back to completely transform the life of your average boy from a fishing village, that happens to be located in front of a world-class surf break.