Professional surfer, 17 years old, remembers growing up in the Ecuadorian cloud forest

Pacha Light is a professional surfer with all the characteristics for an excellent career in the industry

Pacha Light is a professional surfer who has all the qualities for an excellent career in the industry.

But before she sailed, the famous Snapper Rocks broke up in Gold Coast, the 17-year-old grew up in a completely different environment: the cloud forest in Ecuador.

"My mother is an environmental activist and traveled to Ecuador to work on projects to protect the forests in the late 1990s," Pacha told FEMAIL.

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Pacha Light is a professional surfer with all the characteristics for an excellent career in the industry

Pacha Light is a professional surfer with all the characteristics for an excellent career in the industry

Pacha was born in the Andean village of Cotacachi at his home and lived for two years between the forest and the village until his younger brother Yani (right with Pacha) was born.

Pacha was born in the Andean village of Cotacachi at his home and lived for two years between the forest and the village until his younger brother Yani (right with Pacha) was born.

Pacha was born in the Andean village of Cotacachi at his home and lived for two years between the forest and the village until his younger brother Yani (right with Pacha) was born.

Pacha was born in the Andean village of Cotacachi at his home and lived for two years between the forest and the village until his younger brother Yani (right with Pacha) was born.

Pacha was born in the Andean village of Cotacachi at his home and lived for two years between the forest and the village until his younger brother Yani (right with Pacha) was born.

"Mom fell in love with the country and the people (including my father!) And worked with communities in the cloud forests, and finally raised funds to buy land in the threatened areas to protect the forests."

Pacha was born in the Andean town of Cotacachi at home and lived for two years between the forest and the village until his younger brother, Yani, was born.

"My mom took me in wagons on rickety buses and on top of building supplies on horseback in the winding trails of incredible forest landscapes," he explained of that time.

"My mom took me in wagons and on top of building supplies on horseback on the winding trails of the incredible forest landscape," she explained of that era

Everything was simpler for Pacha and his family who lived in the cloud forest (in the photo), where you would be listening to the river's roar instead of roads and highways & # 39;

Everything was simpler for Pacha and his family who lived in the cloud forest (in the photo), where you would be listening to the river's roar instead of roads and highways & # 39;

Everything was simpler for Pacha and his family who lived in the cloud forest (in the photo), where you would be listening to the river's roar instead of roads and highways & # 39;

What is the Ecuadorian cloud forest region?

Although relatively small, not much larger than Victoria's size, Ecuador's cloud forests are considered the richest point on the planet, contain approximately 15 to 17 percent of the world's plant species and almost 20 percent of its diversity of birds.

The dry and humid forests of western Ecuador are some of the most threatened ecosystems in the world.

It is known as & # 39; cloud forest & # 39; because the region is tropical and has low clouds throughout the year, making it prone to rain.

"It was a one-hour walk from the dirt road to our camp in the cloud forest where he established a permaculture site with the help of locals and international volunteers.

"We returned to Australia to be closer to his family and, between raising and doing local campaigns, he continued supporting projects in Ecuador from a distance.

"We went back every few years to reconnect, including a six-month period living in the cloud forest when I was eight years old in the stone house I had built with volunteers who had no electricity or windowpanes so that the hummingbirds could flutter inside during the day.

"I only have incredible memories from that era and they shaped me to be who I am today."

She remembers a moment when her mother read stories under her flashlight, because there was no electricity, and swarms of insects surrounded them.

She remembers a moment when her mother read stories under her flashlight, because there was no electricity, and swarms of insects surrounded them.

She remembers a moment when her mother read stories under her flashlight, because there was no electricity, and swarms of insects surrounded them.

"We ate beans, rice and organic vegetables grown at home every day and would be so happy when we could eat a sweet once we visited the city … life was simple, but we loved it," he said.

Everything was simpler for Pacha and her family who lived in the cloud forest, where you would be listening to the "roar of the river instead of roads and highways."

"We grow a lot of food, including coffee, we played in nature every day: exploring the forest, climbing trees, swimming in the river, helping in the vegetarian garden or picking coffee, picking up firewood, playing with horses and singing from the top of our lungs, "he said.

"We ate beans, rice and organic vegetables grown at home every day and we would be so happy when we could eat a sweet once we visited the city … life was simple but we loved it.

"We did not have a basic mirror and we would not worry about what we looked like, unless we were going to visit the city."

"We did not have a basic mirror and we would not worry about what we looked like, unless we were going to visit the city," he said.

In Gold Coast, where your family is today, everything is much more convenient

In Gold Coast, where your family is today, everything is much more convenient

In Gold Coast, where your family is today, everything is much more convenient

In Gold Coast, where your family is today, everything is much more convenient

In Gold Coast, where your family is today, everything is much more convenient

He remembers a moment when his mother read stories under the torch of his head, because there was no electricity and swarms of insects surrounded them.

"We were also always muddy, the cloud forest means a lot of rain, and she made a big fuss about washing our feet in a bucket before going to bed," she explained.

"We would all help to wash the muddy clothes with the river water, hanging it under a greenhouse to dry (it rains there every afternoon.) It was hard work, but more for mom than for us."

In Gold Coast, where your family is today, everything is much more convenient.

"Instead of walking an hour on a steep, narrow and winding mountain path, we have a driveway that comes to our door," he said of the difference.

Pacha, who is extremely passionate about water conservation and environmental protection, admits that she was inspired by her mother's work

Pacha, who is extremely passionate about water conservation and environmental protection, admits that she was inspired by her mother's work

Pacha, who is extremely passionate about water conservation and environmental protection, admits that she was inspired by her mother's work

"I have seen and lived in such incredible and beautiful places, and I have witnessed what is happening to them," he said.

"Electricity, washing machines, shopping centers, wifi, telephone reception, our (great) school a few minutes by bicycle … But we still have trees around us and in a big swell, we can hear the ocean on the road.

"So we found ourselves still waking up at dawn to 'play' in nature, just on surfboards, not on the river."

Pacha, who is extremely passionate about water conservation and environmental protection, admits that she was inspired by her mother's work.

"I have seen and lived in such beautiful and wonderful places, and I have witnessed what is happening to them," he said.

This year, the ambitious 17-year-old player competed in the World Qualifying Series of Surfing, which took her from the Caribbean to South Africa.

This year, the ambitious 17-year-old player competed in the World Qualifying Series of Surfing, which took her from the Caribbean to South Africa.

This year, the ambitious 17-year-old player competed in the World Qualifying Series of Surfing, which took her from the Caribbean to South Africa.

Their hope is to end the world tour with people like Tyler Wright, Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons.

Their hope is to end the world tour with people like Tyler Wright, Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons.

Their hope is to end the world tour with people like Tyler Wright, Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons.

"I've been traveling alone, which is a bit unusual at my age, but I think that all that wild adventure travel in my childhood helps me with that," he said.

"Living in the cloud forest made me realize that I am not separate from the nature that surrounds me, so it makes a lot of sense to protect something that you are a part of."

This year, the ambitious 17-year-old player competed in the World Qualifying Series of surfing, which has taken her from the Caribbean to South Africa.

Their hope is to end the world tour with people like Tyler Wright, Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons.

"I've been traveling on my own, which is a bit unusual at my age, but I think the whole wild adventure trip in my childhood helps me with that," he said.

"When I get home for a week or so, I'm ready to train and plan for the next surf trip, it's been a bit hectic this year."

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