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Peru, Papyrus & Surfing


Meanwhile, off the coast of Peru, wave riders constructed papyrus reed flotation devices which they would use to ride waves close toshore. That this practice went rather far back in time is substantiated by ancient clay pots that have drawings of Peruvians standing up while riding waves on these bundled reed floats. The papyrus "boards" were similar to modern ones in that the wide point was just behind the middle of the boards and they also had nose and tail lifts.