Caballito means little horse. The modern name of a very old totora reed boat tradition, the caballito feel like your literally stradling a mix between a steed and a kayak. In the beaches of Northern Peru´s Huanchaco surf town, I recently had the chance to build and ride a caballito, all in one day, my birthday October 16th!
Roughly three meters in length, the Caballito is a one man fishing vessel used to buck over the rough Pacific waves to haul in fish from nets cast just off shore. Over a four hour period, and the focus of my next blog, I worked with Carlo, and master Caballito builder Victor, to build the caballito before I had the chance to ride it just before sunset.