Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Life in Lobitos

 View of Lobitos from El Bole

Yesterday after asking around a bit, I found out that today would be Tuesday. With no contact with the outside world, days melt together under a fiery sun, and time seems to take on it's own lazy rhythm; ebbing and flowing with the pounding of the surf. This morning I made the 30 minute moto trip into Talara to use internet and book a bus and flight up to Cuzco on Thursday. It's the first time I've left Lobitos since arriving last week. I'm anxious to get out of the busy, dirty port town of Talara and back to the relaxed comfort of the Waves house and Lobitos. Comfort, I suppose, is a relative term. We ran out of water for showering and washing two days ago, there is only one outlet in our room that powers a fan which does little to combat the heat, everything is covered in sand, the power goes out frequently, and half the house has gotten some form of food poising. Writing all that it sounds bad, when in reality it's quite relaxed and comfortable. The human being is an adaptable creature. We've got a rack of surfboards, an endless supply of waves, Inca Cola, spikeball, plenty of food, a french press, the beach, the camaraderie of a dozen volunteers and staff, and our new friends Sebastion, Matias, Jesus, Aaron, Alejandro and a gang of other local kids who float in and out of the house.
 The Waves house
 Sebastion working on an art project with Jen and Vanessa

During my orientation, Naomi stated quite simply that the mission of Waves for Development is to "surf and do good". While there is certainly a great deal over overlap between the goals, mornings and evenings are often dedicated to surfing, while the afternoons are usually spent working with the local kids, teaching english, guitar, surfing, swimming, environmental education, photography, ect. Other larger projects take place too, such as beach cleanups, and the first annual Waves regional surf competition that we hosted for the kids from Negritos, Mancroa and Lobitos on Saturday.
 Alex and Matias before the competition
Sunset - the pier
una buena ola - the pier
Thomas enjoying sunset after an evening session at el Punto
 Alex - El Punto
Sunset at Piscinas

The exchange between volunteers and the local kids is interesting to observe and be a part of. Coming here it was hard to imagine what 'good' we could really do by surfing and teaching kids about things like guitar and photography - things which require tools to which they haven't the means to access except through what we provide at Waves. Being here though it has become apparent [click 'continue reading']

that there is something 'good' in the simplest of interactions; the chance for both the kids and the volunteers to be exposed to a different culture, and to see that they can connect through a shared enthusiasm for learning and experiencing new things. It's hard to say what will be accomplished long term from a project like Waves, but the smiles on the kids faces as they learn chords on the guitar or crowd around the back of the camera with excitement over the pictures they just took is, in my mind, confirmation of the beginnings of something good...

Alejandro waiting for his turn to practice la guitara with Will

 Aaron and big siss

Emily and Peol


  1. Beautiful Work Forest!!! All of it!!!

  2. Loving the shots my man (as always).

    Looks like you are having all sorts of ill adventures as usual. If your travels bring you back through the UK (or Europe at all for that matter) be sure to holler at your boy :)


    P.S. Gonna get goin on that interview one of these days

  3. Great captures my friend. I see you and the tilt shift are becoming one, love the opening shot of the post. Keep it up, your writing continues to get better, richer, deeper.. I can tell that you are in your heart...
    Be well, keep the images coming!

  4. damnit Forest! You do a dang fine job with that camera of yours.