COVID-19 and Rincon Paddle Boards

March 15, 2020 was one of the busiest days of the season so far. SUP Tours, Kayak Tours, Surf Lessons, all stacked up back to back for the entire day with several reservations for the week to come. Suddenly everything changed. The first cases of coronavirus were confirmed and immediately PR entered a state of emergency. Later that evening the curfew went into effect and Puerto Rico was fully locked down in an effort to prevent a major outbreak on the island. Everyone was quarantined to their homes and all the beaches of Puerto Rico were empty. Rincon became a ghost town.

The first few days weren’t so bad. Chikako is an amazing chef and took the time to cook some of the most delicious food to be eaten during quarantine on the island. Santizing all our equipment became a priority as well. All of our equipment was thoroughly cleaned and we wanted to be prepared for whatever would come. On a personal level one of the biggest challenges was not being able to surf or paddleboard, or even go in the ocean for that matter. The lockdown was extremely strict. Anyone caught surfing could be arrested and or fined up to $5,000.

After about a month of quarantine with no end in sight, the financial stresses began to sink in. New safety measures implemented everywhere would make the very few but essential businesses that were actually open take much longer to visit. The whole island would have to adjust to this new way of life along with the rest of the world to protect our safety and everyone else’s.

On May 21, 2020 the governor of Puerto Rico finally announced that beaches would be open for surfing, paddleboarding, and active water sports as long as no one is hanging out on the coast. The new policy change would go into effect starting May 26, 2020. This was very, very welcome news and came as a surprise to many because the day before the governor voiced strong concerns against doing this. Apparently, the case made by the Department of Recreation was finally heard. We can now enjoy the ocean once again! The COVID-19 pandemic is definitely not over. But at least we can surf again! We do not know when we will be able to open again. There is still a lot that is uncertain right now. But some of the most important things will always remain the same. We will continue to let life’s difficulties only make us stronger, better, and wiser. Below is a picture of the palm tree we planted after Hurricane Maria in the grave of an older palm tree that was swept away in the storm. It grows bigger and bigger each as a reminder that life will always push forward no matter what the adversity. We are living through history in the making. Rincon Paddle Boards is still here, alive, and waiting patiently in quarantine along with everyone else in the world to get back work when it is finally safe enough to do so.

Geared up for an awesome 2020!

Here at Rincon Paddleboards we realize that having quality equipment always leads to a better experience. We’ve always maintained a solid inventory of SUP, kayak, and surfboards, and snorkel gear among other things. The surf so far this season has been incredibly consistent. To make sure 2020 is another year of memorable experiences we have updated our stock of surf boards with a lot of new high quality equipment. In addition we have added several new paddle boards to our stock as well. Whether you’re going for paddle, going on a Guided tour with snorkeling, or taking a surf lesson you will be on the best equipment for the job. Over the years we have worked with a lot of different equipment and have figured out what works best and gets the best results. 2020 will be AWESOME!

What about the earthquakes?

So far Rincon has not been affected from the increase in seismic activity around the island on a noticeable level. We have been able to carry-on providing visitors with amazing experiences without any major disruptions. We take safety very seriously and all staff have been educated on how to handle the possible risks associated with earthquakes and an emergency safety plan is always established prior to starting any activity. This isn’t anything new. We ALWAYS assess weather conditions for possible safety issues and always have a plan of action in case of deteriorating conditions or unexpected events before entering the water. It has become a regular part of how we do business. All of the pictures below are people that were able to safely have a great time with us recently and some awesome wildlife they were able to interact with.

Rincon Sunset Paddle Tour

Sunset Paddle Tours and More!

Rincon is well known for breathe taking sunsets. At the end of every day, the sky becomes a work of art with a variety of colors and glows across the clouds and resulting reflection across the ocean. You can now safely paddle out and experience these beautiful sunsets from an awesome perspective – out on the water on a Paddle Board. Rincon Paddleboards is now offering sunset tours with options to meet the needs of clients of all comfort levels.

Sunset Paddle Tour
Paddle out and tour the Tres Palmas marine reserve near sundown, watch the sun go down, and make it back just before it gets too dark to see.

Sunset paddle tour with LED lights.
Sunset Paddle with LED Night Tour
Paddle out into the sunset over the pristine marine reserve into nightfall and then paddle around with multi-colored LED lights on your return. The reef glows in multi-color beneath your board with an amazing clarity. The visibility is often excellent and makes for an unforgettable experience.

Full Night Tour
This tour starts out with a sunset paddle across the clear and calm waters of the Tres Palmas marine reserve. After the sun goes down, the reef is illuminated by the LED attached to each board and your journey continues further up the coast. After a rest and some water preparations are made for the night dive. The boards provide abundant illumination and the snorkeling resembles somewhat of an underwater space exploration. It’s awesome! Next, when time and conditions permit, enjoy some star gazing out in the water on top of your board while you dry off and get ready to paddle back.

For all the details on pricing you can call 787-546-9545 or visit our pricing page.

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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SUP Surf Lesson in Rincon, Puerto Rico with Rincon Paddleboards.

Surf SUP! Learn to Surf on a Stand-Up Paddle Board!

Surfing on a Stand-UP Paddle Board (SUP), The SUP Surf student in the picture above will never forget that wave!

Isn’t that awesome! Rincon Paddleboards is the only business in Rincon currently offering SUP Surf Lessons. Damiano is ready to share his surf expertise combined with his paddleboard expertise and give you an incredible SUP surf session! We have geared up with the right hi-performance equipment and know all the nearby breaks that are ideal for SUP surfing. Surfing on a Paddleboard brings it’s own unique challenges and unique thrills at the same time. As with all water sports, having the right instruction can mean the difference between having the best time of your life or the worst time of your life out there. Choose Rincon Paddleboards. Give us a call and let’s surf! Surf SUP! (Surf’s UP – pun intended).

Surf SUP in action!

Have Fun out there!

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Big Red - Multi-Person SUP in Rincon Puerto Rico.

“Big Red” The Giant SUP!

Are you ready to have some fun? I mean REALLY have some fun? Big Red the multi-person SUP is for you!

Big Red is a giant Stand-Up Paddle Board that is guaranteed to be one of the funnest things you do in Rincon, Puerto Rico. 17ft long and big enough for 4-8 people, Big Red really is a spectacular piece of equipment! Take the whole family out on the water. Practice team building for your company retreat. Have a party that you will never forget. Perform the ultimate headstand challenge for your yoga retreat (or at least some group warrior pose). We like finding new ways to have fun out on the water and offer our clients a unique way to enjoy ocean.

Giant Stand-Up Paddleboard in Rincon Puerto Rico. If you’re looking for fun things to do with your family, vacation group, retreat, or party in Puerto Rico, don’t miss out on something special. Don’t leave Rincon without going for a ride on Big Red. That is unless you don’t like having fun. Big Red is easy, safe, and fun whether you’re a paddle expert or a first timer. We make sure that every trip out on the water is unforgettable and within the physical capabilities of everyone in the group. Everyone is part of the action. Oh yeah – kids LOVE this thing! Not just any activity can really incorporate the entire family in the same way that going for a family paddle on Big Red can. Everyone has a share in the fun. Also – everyone feels like a kid on this thing. It’s just super fun. Really, really, really fun. That’s three really’s and we mean it!

A great party idea! One of a kind Birthday party on Big Red.

These People Know How to Have a Good Time! – Big Red the Giant SUP 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!

Stand Up Paddle Board isn't just for humans anymore!

Pet Friendly Paddle Boarding in Rincon!

Rincon Paddle Boards Welcomes Your Pets!

We’re cool with if they’re cool with it! Is your doggie a sea dog at heart? Bring him/her out on the water and find out. Rincon is a fun beach town that is often known for it’s beautiful reefs, fish, surfing, and paddle boarding. What a lot of people don’t realize is that it’s also known for it’s cool beach dogs! If your dog isn’t afraid of the water and you want to take it out for a paddle, give us a call!

Whale Watching from Tres Palmas Reserve

Whale Pic 2While you’re out enjoying a few hours of paddle boarding during the day or even at sunset, you just might get the opportunity of a lifetime to see humpback whales off in the distance towards the North.

Every winter the humpback whales pass through our waters during their migration as they return to the North Atlantic for the summer. As they venture along our coastline they are mating and giving birth to the next generation of humpback whales.

Many of these whales originate from as far as “New England, Iceland and Newfoundland.” These gentle and beautiful beasts can reach 50 feet in length and weigh as much as 50 tons. Sighting a whale off our shores is truly an exciting and spectacular event as they rise to the surface for oxygen and to entertain us with their dance.

While these sightings are rare, they happen almost weekly during this time of year in Rincon. We most recently saw the whales last Friday during an LED Sunset/Night Tour – it was very exciting to say the least! Being on the Endangered Species List and with only 15,000 humpback whales left in the world, they deserve our protection and respect.

There are several places to catch a glimpse of these majestic animals, but there is no better place than in the water, relaxing on our paddle boards, feeling as if you are right out there with them right here in our beautiful Rincon, Puerto Rico.

 

Photos: Rincon Surf Photos

Source: visitrincon.com

Night SUP Tours from Rincon Paddle Boards using Bottom Mount LED Lights

Night Tours with Rincon Paddle Boards

Part 1

Recently, we purchased SUP LED light kits and tested them out with a group of friends. We had a awesome time and are very excited to be offering Night Tours along the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve in the very near future!

For this test tour we tried out the variety of colors that illuminate the water under the boards, the location for best views of the corral and fish and took some beautiful pictures. This was also a great opportunity to get feedback from friends, brainstorm ideas and practice this new tour so that it will be a memorable and enjoyable experience for our clients!

This is a great tour for people who already know how to paddle and for those who feel comfortable being in the open water at night. The LED lights give an entirely unique and new experience to those who love to SUP and view underwater sea life. The needlefish love the lights, you will enjoy beautiful views of sea fans, coral reefs and there are sure to be surprise visits by other sea life as well!

For our next test tour we want to try out snorkeling under the boards and hopefully, also offer this as part of a Night Tour package. Stay tuned for more updates about this exciting new tour we plan to make available to everyone soon!

*Thank you Rachel Tanner Photography for photos.

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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