SURFING IN CHILE
time ago, the Rapa Nui -the inhabitants of Easter
Island- used to gather on the beach with their totora
(cane reed) surfboards, to challenge the mighty waves there.
The duel with the sea was a show of bravery and daring, full of social and religious meaning; however, this custom faded out over the years and the waves - whether of the challenging or fun-giving variety - were ignored by the islanders.
Currently the exploits of the legendary Rapa Nui, are relived
by the surfers that come to the island seeking the "waves of the
future" as they are called by the surfing enthusiasts, who know
that Easter Island offers ideal conditions for
- Hanga Roa: good quality waves, and close to the
- Mataveri: called the "airport", it is a left
that, with the right tide, is similar to the famous lefts
- Tahai: located near the town, it has excellent
- Vinapu: due to its enormous and perfect waves,
it is one of the island's most famous surfing beaches.