The best surfing on the Island is around the northwest coast, from Isabela to Rincón.

¡Vamos a surfear!

(Let's Surf!)

In Puerto Rico, you'll find a beach almost everywhere you look. With an endless summer and nearly 300 miles of coastline, the Island is a paradise for those looking to ride the waves. 

While there are great beaches all around Puerto Rico, Isabela, Aguadilla, and Rincón are known to be the havens for surfers. In fact, Punta Borinquen, in Aguadilla, was declared a World Surfing Reserve, the first in the Caribbean. 

In this episode, we'll take you to the west coast of Puerto Rico, where you'll relish in the beautiful views and the relaxed vibes and learn through pro surfer Brian Toth about the surfing culture in Puerto Rico. You'll also learn some local lingo used among the surfers and boricuas across the Island.

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In Episode 2 of our "Sounds like Puerto Rico" series, we're taking you to the west coast of our Island, where you'll relish in the beautiful views, relaxing vibes and learn all about the surfing culture in Puerto Rico. You'll also learn some local lingo used among the surfers and boricuas. Let's surf! 

Did you know?

The 1988 and 2007 World Surfing Championships and many qualifying heats have been celebrated in Rincón.

Otto Flores is one of Puerto Rico's best surfers and has gathered international recognition as a Patagonia ambassador. He has represented Puerto Rico in the World's Qualifying Surfing Series.

In 2001, the Association of Professional Surfing of Puerto Rico was founded to enhance surfers' professionalism locally and along the Caribbean. It became the governing pro surfing organization, ensuring Puerto Rico's presence in international competitions for both men and women.

The skating trend in Puerto Rico (also referred to as street surfing) started as a way for surfers to perfect their tactics at night. It became a movement that drove international attention.  

You'll hear a surfer say…

Estoy explotao' – They are referring to something that explodes. It means "I'm exhausted." Explotao is used to describe a surfer who is tired or big waves that the wind has made them almost unsurfable.

Me cañonearon – To "drop-in." Cañonear or dropiar is the term used when a surfer is riding, or about to ride, a wave, and another surfer gets in his way. This can lead to a violent reaction from the surfer whose wave was cut. 

Nos curamos -  It literally translates to "we got cured," but what it means is "I satisfied that itch." A surfer, or any other local, will use this phrase when they want to express complete satisfaction of a desire or need for something.

¡A surfear!

Catch some waves to the tune of Puerto Rico

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