Chimu age caballito, AD 900-1450
Felipe Pomar, 1965
Pomar (r) and Thor Heyerdahl, late '80s
Moche age caballito, AD 100-800
On a sunny fall morning in 1987, Felipe Pomar of Lima walked into the California offices of Surfer magazine, right on time for his scheduled meeting, ready to talk about a subject guaranteed to put a blank expression on just about any waverider’s face—surfing in ancient Peru. Hawaii, of course, has always been regarded as surfing’s birthplace, but Pomar wanted to propose an alternate theory of the...