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.

Lifeguard Training 2019 Rincon Paddleboards

2019 Lifeguard Training Complete!

Life is sacred. It must be protected. Here at Rincon Paddle Boards we are always safety conscious while having fun. Long before it was a legal requirement for paddleboard and surfing instructors, our staff have been well trained in water safety, lifesaving techniques, CPR and have been certified lifeguards from multiple recognized agencies including the USLA and American Redcross. This past May of 2019, our staff renewed certification as lifeguards, waterfront rescue, and the latest CPR and First Aid certification. Maintaining those credentials is more than just having an updated piece of paper. We take lifesaving seriously and trained HARD to go above and beyond what was required of us. The course was very physically strenuous and as real to life as possible. Of course, the best accidents are the ones that never happen. Prevention is key, but accidents still happen. This is why in addition to the life-guarding techniques in themselves, contingency plans are always already planned out ahead of time by Rincon Paddle Board Staff before beginning any of our tours or surf lessons. Know that you are in well trained and capable hands when you choose Rincon Paddleboards to have fun out in the water here in beautiful Rincon, Puerto Rico.

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.

Call 787-546-9545 to book now!

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.

Call 787-546-9545 to book now!

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!

Surf Lessons with Rincon Paddle Boards

You might think that Rincon Paddle Boards is all about paddle boarding, but did you know we provide surf lessons too?! It just might be your most favorite part of your trip to our beautiful island!

Thirteen years ago I came to Rincon from New York City and took surf lessons like many do that visit our surf destination town of Rincon. I wasn’t able to catch very many waves that first time, but I absolutely fell in love with the lifestyle! Surfing for me isn’t only a sport I am passionate about, it’s has become a lifestyle change for me and has completely changed my life. I’m not only healthier, but I am happier because of surfing!

 

With our combined experience, Damiano and I will give you the best customer service, a memorable time and most importantly, lessons in skill and safety. So please don’t wait until next time you visit our island, if Rincon is on your itinerary …. LET’S GO SURFING!

Make your reservation today!!
For more information about our surf lessons visit our surf lessons page or give us a call!

787-546-9545

www.RinconPaddleBoard.com

School Trip Meets Rincon Paddle Boards!

When the private school teacher approached me with this idea, I was thrilled but also nervous! But, now that I’ve had the opportunity to see the smiles on these students’ faces and the joy they had on the beach the day they visited – I now know that this is a great activity that Rincon Paddle Boards can provide! In the past we have also provided yoga retreat groups and it’s always been a great turn out! These beach activities are awesome and we plan to continue them.

 

We started the day with a beach clean-up activity then discussed ocean safety and then of course we enjoyed the rest of the day with paddle boarding, snorkeling and kayaking in our beautiful Rincon Marina. By the end of the day the students didn’t want to get out of the water!

 

I found it very interesting that activities and school trips like this are very rare in Puerto Rico, which is sad because we have so many beautiful beaches to learn about and enjoy. Come enjoy a day with us and you’ll have an amazing memorable day!

 

Please contact us about large groups and water activities.

Chikako: 787-546-9545

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!

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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