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The Surfing Youth of El Paredón


Kids in El Paredón check their surfboards beside Abner Rivera’s cabin. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite
Kids in El Paredón check their surfboards beside Abner Rivera’s cabin. Photo: Santiago Billy/Comvite

When one thinks of Guatemala, one of the last things that one would image is surfing here. However, the way the waves pound the sand on the outskirts of El Paredón, a fishing village in Escuintla, makes it the perfect place for it. This small coastal town is the home of one Abner Rivera, a 31-year old former national surf champion better known as “Macaco” who spends his days teaching local kids how to surf and repairing stuff.


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