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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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By LET'S KEEP SURFING , 30-04-2003

JUST AN OPINION FROM A SURFER - PUERTO RICO by Tony Coleman


"Puerto Rico? Are you sure that's where we want to go?" That was my first reaction when a couple friends and I were planning our 2001 surf trip. After all, growing up surfing on the Gulf and waiting for the next trip -your mind places you in exotic destinations far, far from home. Indo, Tahiti, Hawaii, you know, places you're force fed on a monthly basis. I decided to do a little research and the more I learned the more PR was becoming a reality. So, without hesitation we booked our travel plans and off we went in the middle of the winter season. Now we would get a chance to see what these cold fronts that give us a day of cold Gulf Coast chop can do in the middle of the Caribbean.
PR gets waves almost year round, from storms, tradewinds, cold fronts and low pressure areas. The main surfing season is from October-April and the western area of PR is best for surfing. The temp usually doesn't go below 70 and the water is always around 80, so leave the suits at home. We decided to stay in Rincon, the westernmost point in PR and surf central. Rincon has many places to stay and you can spend $40-$200 per night depending on what you want. You can usually negotiate a cash deal on a room and save some jack. The first thing I noticed about PR (once we drove out of San Juan) was how beautiful the landscape was especially where the mountains meet the sea, and how much swell at so many different breaks, waves everywhere.
When looking through mags and sites of Rincon I couldn't help but notice the size of the waves and I'll admit I was a little nervous of the conditions especially with all the reef breaks. But what were the chances of us catching a huge swell like that? Well, they turned out to be pretty good. On our first day we decided to surf Maria's, a popular break and the waves were huge. 10-14' faces peeling both ways. Easily the biggest waves we've ever surfed. We went out and had a blast and ended up drifting into Tres Palmas and called it a day. The next few days the swell mellowed out and the average waves were chest to head glassy peelers. The weekends see the most crowded conditions but there's plenty of waves and breaks for everyone, and crowds are easily avoided. Most people in the water are vacationing Americans and the vibe is way mellow. Most all of the spots are reef breaks and a little knowledge of where to enter and exit the water, and where to takeoff and kickout are crucial. You can pick this up easily by watching the more experienced surfers. The main nemesis in the water are the sea urchins, so you don't want to plant your feet on the bottom too much. The reef for the most part is safely deep enough, and there is little cause for concern except during low tide and big waves. The waves are real makeable and high performance up until about 8' feet. Then you can really feel the PR juice, make sure not to be undergunned or you'll pay. Rincon also offers many other activities besides surfing like fishing, diving, horseback riding or pretending you're a race car driver in your rent-a-car. The roads are great! There's plenty of little restaurants and bars, but it's way cheaper to hit the Econo and fill the fridge. Don't drink too much though cause the morning sessions are unbelievable, not a drop of water out of place. With the waves, accessibility and proximity of PR it is definitely a location every Floridian surfer should take advantage of. With all that, the thing that leaves you dreaming of this place long after you leave is the overall vibe of the place. It is so peaceful and relaxing and at the same time full of raw energy. The people and culture are definitely worth the investment and it's also a great place to take your favorite girl or the fam. This year was my second trip there and I'm already making plans for next.

By BORICUA RASTA , 28-04-2003

RESPUESTA AL MENSAJE ANTEIOR - TIENES RAZON ES UNA ISLA MARAVILLOSA, PERO TEMOR DE PERDER DERECHOS TERRITORALES? DE QUE TU HABLA? AISLAMIENTO, RETROCESO, PRECARIA COMUNIDAD, AFECTADA POR INTERESES DE BIENES RAICES, CIVISMO, ROBAR NUESTRA ISLA, DESCUIDO Y ABANDONO? ESTAS LOCO.OLVIDATE DE TODO ESO Y VEN A SURFEAR QUE NOSOTROS NOS OCUPAREMOS DEL RESTO. LO DE LAS FOTOS BREGARE CON ESO.

By operaespinosa@hotmail.com , 26-04-2003

proteger el futuro de los surfspots - Estimados surfers de Puerto Rico, su isla es unos de los lugares mas bellos del mundo, bellas playas tropicales ,un paraiso verdaderamente,pero en el temor de perder derechos territoriales creo en mi humilde opinion que proyectan una dureza que no es conveniente para la imagen del surf boricua
Hay que preguntarse con mucha seriedad si esta actitud a la larga solo traera aislamiento y retroseso a una ya precaria comunidad que esta basatante afectada por los intereses comerciales de bienes y raices. Si no mas bien informan al publico internacional de una buena vibra pero con reglas especificas de conducta hacia la poblacion local, podria ser baneficioso para todos y mas aun para la industria turista y del surf. Mas fotos por favor. Mas muestra de civismo, nadie les va a robar su isla, pero el descuido y el abandono hace su trabajo solo, y no quiero ver su preciosa isla confiscada por corporaciones turisticas.

By JohnnyBravoRocks@msn.com , 13-04-2003

moving into fajardo from the U.S - My name is Kim McIntire (Im a guy) and am moving there for work and mostly play. I snowboard in northern california and will be learning how to surf over there. Any info would help me out alot. Thanks alot and hope to see you on the beach.

By BORICUA RASTA , 28-03-2003

REPORT - SYNOPSIS FOR PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS WATERS
430 PM AST THU MAR 27 2003

.SYNOPSIS...SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE WILL EXTEND FROM THE WESTERN
NORTH ATLANTIC SOUTH TO THE NORTHEAST CARIBBEAN THROUGH AT LEAST
SATURDAY. A LIGHT TO MODERATE TRADE WIND FLOW WILL PREVAIL ACROSS
THE LOCAL WATERS THROUGH TUESDAY.

$$

AMZ710-280230-
ATLC WATERS FROM PUNTA CADENA TO MOUTH OF RIO GUAJATACA THEN E
BEYOND 100 FATHOMS TO ANEGADA PASSAGE N TO 19.5N BETWEEN 68W AND 64W-
430 PM AST THU MAR 27 2003

.TONIGHT...WIND EAST NORTHEAST 7 TO 17 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 4 FEET.
SCATTERED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY...WIND EAST SOUTHEAST 5 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 5 FEET IN
NORTH SWELLS. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
.FRIDAY NIGHT...WIND EAST SOUTHEAST 5 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 5 FEET
IN NORTH SWELLS. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
.SATURDAY...WIND EAST 6 TO 16 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 5 FEET IN NORTH
SWELLS. SCATTERED SHOWERS IN THE MORNING THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE
AFTERNOON.
.SATURDAY NIGHT...WIND EAST NORTHEAST 9 TO 13 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 5
FEET IN NORTH NORTHEAST SWELLS. ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE EVENING THEN
SCATTERED SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
.SUNDAY...WIND EAST 8 TO 12 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 5 FEET IN NORTHEAST
SWELLS. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
.MONDAY...WIND EAST NORTHEAST 4 TO 10 KNOTS. SEAS 5 TO 6 FEET IN
NORTHEAST SWELLS. ISOLATED SHOWERS THEN SCATTERED SHOWERS IN THE
AFTERNOON THEN ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE EVENING.
.TUESDAY...WIND EAST NORTHEAST 8 TO 13 KNOTS. SEAS 5 TO 6 FEET.
SCATTERED SHOWERS.

By eilon@uol.com.br , 27-03-2003

Brasilian Surfboards - I represent some of the best surf companies and shapers in Brasil.I'm loking for someone to be my representative in Puerto Rico or any contact in surfshop. We just work with the best material in the market and the price is very competitive because of our currency is depreciate. Tks, Eilon.

By bonarddm@cs.com , 08-03-2003

Marcel In P.R. April 10-20, '03 - Dude, No fresh powder on west coast(Nor Cal), so heading for PR waves in hope of catching some good turns. Looking for a few party spots and some cool chiks to kick it with while enjoying my stay in PR. E-mail me....send Pics or just a "hello"....may want to hook up and hang out.

By morgan992@hotmail.com , 25-02-2003

PR Surfing in May - I am going to be in Puerto Rico May 1-4 and wanted to know how the waves are that time of year and where to go. Also will need to rent a board.

By sp14steve@aol.com , 02-02-2003

Surf spots - Hey! I'm traveling to puerto rico next year and im wondering if anyone could tell me the names of some surf spots for beginners, preferable sand bottom with small, hollow waves, a good grom spot please thanx.

By dap001@jefferson.edu , 29-01-2003

sorry, wrong email - The email in the message below is supposed to be 'dap001@jefferson.edu'

sorry

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