In recent years Surfrider Foundation Rincon, PR has been an integral part to promoting the healthy conscious lifestyle at local Rincon Surf Competitions. At each event, the chapter volunteers organize a beach cleanup, bringing materials for the public to use to collect and sort the garbage found on the sand and along the shore, then taking the bags to a designated area for municipal pickup. During the surfing competitions Surfrider directors set up an information station to provide valuable education to the community about environmental issues, concerns and how to make a difference by taking steps to minimize our carbon footprint on a personal level.
Surfrider Rincón is the only chartered chapter of the national Surfrider Foundation in PR, and is completely volunteer staffed and funded primarily by donations from the local community. The chapter began in 2001 with the purpose of being the local community group leading the effort to create the Reserva Marina Tres Palmas, the first co-managed Marine Protected Area in PR. The RMTP was officially designated in 2004. Building on that success, the chapter has achieved several notable accomplishments over the years: • 2007 began weekly water quality testing of local beaches, the Blue Water Task Force Rincón. Since that time the BWTF program has grown to become the largest volunteer citizen science program in PR, and typically conducts more tests per year than the PR Junta de Calidad Ambiental (EQB)
• 2011 began the ‘Ban the Bag’ initiative, resulting in Rincón being the first municipality to prohibit distribution of single use plastic bags. This legislation was subsequently copied for the current island-wide prohibition.
• 2015 became a member of the Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System, the only such non-academic community group in CariCOOS
• 2017 following the devastating passage of Hurricane Maria, highly modified the BWTF program and acquired new lab equipment to immediately begin emergency water quality testing of wells, springs, and other informal water sources in western PR that local communities were forced to use for months. This seems to be the first instance of an on-site community group being able to respond to a natural disaster in this way, using their own resources, anywhere in the world.
Rincón Surf Fest
‘Official’ Opening Night Party & Fundraiser for Surfrider Foundation Rincon
Thursday November 14th 7pm
Hotel Villa Cofresi $40 Ticket includes:
Buffet style dinner, Live Music by Good Vibes Band, Surfing Slide Show & Drink by Don Q Rum.