Post-Hurricane: Rebuilt and Ready for 2018!

The damage done to Rincon by Hurricane Maria was very severe. However, there is one simple truth: you can’t stop the awesome! After a lot of hard work to stabilize Rincon and get everything accessible again, everyone could focus getting Rincon ready for the coming season. Much of the economy in Rincon and Puerto Rico in general depends heavily on Tourism. People from all over the world love escaping to this beautiful island to enjoy a unique tranquility and peaceful ambiance, as well as take advantage of the natural thrills out in the ocean. Rincon really is an awesome place and no Hurricane can rob it of its beauty for long. After removal of fallen trees and debris, and then more trees and debris, and then a few more trees and debris several Rincon businesses could start rebuilding again. Rincon Paddleboards was left with a fairly daunting challenge – the beach was gone. For a business setup and run from the shoreline of the beach, you can see how this would be a large obstacle. However, if you know Damanio and Chikako (owners of Rincon Paddleboards) then you understand that this wasn’t going to stop them. With enough hard work and ingenuity just about anything is possible. They rebuilt the beach. Literally, they put the sand back up by the shoreline, the nearby coastal areas, replanted and replaced trees that had fallen, reinforced the barren rootballs of surviving trees that somehow still stood upright, and took advantage of the piles of dirt/mud left from nearby river flooding in the field of the premises and replaced what Maria washed away near the ocean. This was a lot of work and it all started with shovels and wheel barrows until heavy machinery became available again. After a lot of hard work, soon the island started to grow back stronger and continued to naturally add to the beach. New tides, currents, and swells would help add sand and leave it sticking to the new chunk of beach at Rincon Paddleboards. The reefs are still alive and the fish continue to thrive in the marine reserve of Tres Palmas. In many areas nature has sprouted back so heavily that it’s hard to tell anything ever happened! Basically, Rincon Paddleboards is back and ready for business! We are rebuilt and ready for 2018! Come on down, give our economy a much needed boost, and have the time of your life enjoying our SUP Tours, Night tours, and Surf Lessons. We’re ready for you!

All pictures below are from AFTER the hurricane 🙂
Night Time Paddle Boarding in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

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What a Great Season!

This season I have had the pleasure of working with an amazing group of lifeguards who come from all over the states and bring their own unique safety and life experiences to Rincon Paddleboards.

I am thankful for the trained and watchful eyes of these young professionals who not only look over our own customers, but the beach goers too. Their knowledge and expertise as trained watermen make me feel at ease when dealing with our growing clientele.

Together we help educate visitors on the beach about water safety to ensure that everybody, young or old, can enjoy the ocean with our same level of respect, confidence and love. The love for the sea is what brings us together as lifeguards, watermen, and beach goers.

They say, ‘once a lifeguard, always a lifeguard!’ Those that have never been a lifeguard will agree, the love for the ocean is what bonds us together in brotherhood.

This season we also had the privilege of trying a new sport – SUP Fitness! Katie, who is certified in SUP Fitness and owns her own business in Georgia, spent the season with us and taught several classes to the locals and tourists.
We had a great time, a great workout and learned a new way to SUP! Now not only can you do standup paddle boarding and paddle board surfing but you can change things up with SUP fitness too!

We’ve had a wonderful season so far and want to thank you all for your support!

Rincon Vacations Announces New Nighttime Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour in Rincon PR

Rincon Vacations travel guide is announcing the addition of a brand-new watersports activity to its comprehensive travel website – an advanced, guided nighttime stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and snorkel tour in Rincon Puerto Rico. Rincon Vacations is the most trusted travel resource in Western Puerto Rico, providing guests with a variety of choices for Rincon PR lodging, activities, dining and more. Contact Rincon Vacations today and get the best deal on this brand-new nighttime SUP and snorkel tour in Rincon Puerto Rico.

Surfing is one of the most popular activities in Rincon Puerto Rico, but for those not quite ready to tackle the waves at Domes Beach or Tres Palmas, renting a stand-up paddleboard is a great way to get out in the water and get a new perspective on things. There are a variety of options for paddleboard lessons and guided stand-up paddleboard tours in Rincon PR, including a brand-new advanced night SUP and snorkel excursion offered by Rincon Paddle Boards. The tour is run by experienced paddleboard guides and includes snorkel gear, a paddle and an SUP with bottom-mounted LED lights.

When you book this guided night SUP and snorkel tour in Rincon, you’ll meet with your experienced guides at the Marina just before sunset, for a quick orientation addressing the proper technique for snorkeling and using a stand-up paddleboard. The unique SUP tour begins with an easy paddle on calm waters in the direction of the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve in Rincon, as the sun sinks below the horizon, giving you an up-close view of the breathtaking sunsets the West coast town is famous for.

Once darkness sets in, you’ll paddle to some of the best spots for snorkeling in Rincon, illuminating the ocean below with the bright, multi-colored LED lights mounted on the bottom of your SUP. With calm and clear conditions, you’ll be able to see to depths of about 30 feet as you paddle, which is perfect for spotting coral formations, ballyhoo, tropical fish and other marine life that tend to only make an appearance at night. After a 30- to 45-minute paddle, you will converge with your group and tour guides for a one-of-a-kind nighttime snorkeling session, using your paddleboard LEDs to light the way, and keeping an eye out for squid, shrimp, lobster, octopus and more.

As guided stand-up paddleboard tours become more and more popular in Caribbean destinations, Rincon Vacations travel guide strives to provide guests with a wide variety of exciting and unique tours and activities in Rincon Puerto Rico. Please note that this nighttime SUP tour in Rincon is reserved for advanced paddlers and snorkelers only, and tour availability is determined by wave conditions. For more information about this Rincon PR guided SUP tour, or to book another activity or lodging in Puerto Rico, contact Rincon Vacations at 787-632-2889, or visit RinconVacations.com today.
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Paddle Boarding with the Manatee

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Damiano came across this manatee while out paddling.

As you pull your paddle through the calm waters off the coast of the Rincon Marina, you see  a large grey shape take form a few yards away. Your heart skips a few beats as your first thought is ‘shark’ and you start to panic. Before you reach full panic mode and wobble off your board and then subsequently flail around in the ocean, take a deep breath and look again. If you haven’t scared it away yet, you’ll see that most likely, it’s a manatee.

Of the many beautiful things you will see when paddle boarding along our coastline, the manatee or Antillean Manatee might just be the most impressive. The manatee is one of the most famous animals of the ocean waters of Puerto Rico and listed as a ‘vulnerable species’ by The International Union for Conservation of Nature.  The manatee has many nicknames – sea cow, sea pig and mermaid just to name a few.

The waters surrounding our island are prime breeding grounds for this ‘subspecies of the endangered West Indian Manatee.’ In areas that are protected from severe wave action, that provide some source of fresh water and harbor aquatic vegetation you are more likely to see a ‘sea cow.’

If you happen across one of these rather large ‘mermaids,’ remember to respect its space, enjoy this special moment and be thankful that the Caribbean Sea provides us with so many wonders.

Rincon Paddle Boards operates in Strict Compliance with the DRNA of Puerto Rico with all necessary permitting.ISA Certified Surf and Paddle Board InstructorUSLA - United States Lifeguard Association Certified

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