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    Every February I head to NW corner of PR. Obviously, this year that trip is looking unlikely. Has anyone been to PR recently? If so, what was it like in person? Are the breaks accessible?

    I have been donating from here as PR has been a special place for me. Beside getting some waves, I would like to go down and help in some way. I just worry about health concerns. I remember going to DR after the Haiti tsunami and getting the most sick I have ever been.

    I am curious what experiences people are having who have been to PR since the storm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desandan View Post
    Every February I head to NW corner of PR. Obviously, this year that trip is looking unlikely. Has anyone been to PR recently? If so, what was it like in person? Are the breaks accessible?

    I have been donating from here as PR has been a special place for me. Beside getting some waves, I would like to go down and help in some way. I just worry about health concerns. I remember going to DR after the Haiti tsunami and getting the most sick I have ever been.

    I am curious what experiences people are having who have been to PR since the storm.
    I've seen video of the roads around Rincon. They are passable and the surf spots are accessible. Not sure about other spots north of there (Wildo, Surfers Beach, etc). Maybe tougher to access as they are more remote.
    No power yet for much of Puerto Rico.
    No running water yet for much of Puerto Rico.
    Hopefully both be back up by winter.
    Donating would be a nice gesture.
    I would feel weird going on a surf trip/holiday and partying while so many are still suffering.
    But I saw a message from one of the Graves brothers saying come to PR, they need tourism to return.

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    I talked with the family I rent from every year and they said it is bad in the Aguadilla area. I felt the same way about going and just surfing/partying but going through Sandy we know how every bit of donations and tourism money helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desandan View Post
    I talked with the family I rent from every year and they said it is bad in the Aguadilla area. I felt the same way about going and just surfing/partying but going through Sandy we know how every bit of donations and tourism money helps.
    PR has the mis label of being deoendent on tourism. It is not; their GDP accounts for only 6% of income/production. As usual, surfers know little to nothing as most do not even know what "information" is; books are extra planetary, and any computer site outside of Surfline is "like speaking Greek".
    Call FEMA--they will give you a job, and applications are being taken for those wanting to help (insurance assessment etc). If you speak spanish, you are in, but it is a 30 day contract. One of my friends is a regional FEMA emergency director and he keeps asking me to go. I am not, I am too old for that crap. Were I 30 yrs of age....perhaps.
    And good luck--you will have to be vaccinated as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Cuda View Post
    PR has the mis label of being deoendent on tourism. It is not; their GDP accounts for only 6% of income/production. As usual, surfers know little to nothing as most do not even know what "information" is; books are extra planetary, and any computer site outside of Surfline is "like speaking Greek".
    Call FEMA--they will give you a job, and applications are being taken for those wanting to help (insurance assessment etc). If you speak spanish, you are in, but it is a 30 day contract. One of my friends is a regional FEMA emergency director and he keeps asking me to go. I am not, I am too old for that crap. Were I 30 yrs of age....perhaps.
    And good luck--you will have to be vaccinated as well.
    what is PR's main industry? just curious.

    Is there a legit exodus of the island? Good time to buy property maybe?

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    Pharmaceuticals--21% of their GDP. Keep in mind, PR 40 yrs ago set zero tax for pharma if they came to manufactur there (jobs). It worked well. recently that may have changed.
    Exodus is legit, has been going on for years on the part of professionals (MDs Lawyers). They were being heavily taxed by asinine tax policies to pay 72$ billion debt. It didn't work.
    Time for us to set them independent, whether they like it or not.
    As of Saturday, 75% of the island still has no power. Residents re all waiting for someone else to fix THEIR problem. Dumb asses put the island in the wrong place...hahahahaha!

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    North Western PR is most definitely dependent on tourism. You know this Barry. I have been going there for 15 years both winter and summer. In the winter Rincon is jammed with surfers and people are all over the place. The bars were having concerts every weekend, everything is open and the bakery is a hub. I went there in the summer for a hurricane swell and all the hot spots were closed, hardly any traffic around town and its very quiet compared to winter. I know some people go there for months in the winter.
    Anyway if you want a true picture of whats going on go to Aurasurf.com and contact Micah. He is from St. Petersburg and moved to Rincon 5-6 years ago. He leads rookies to the best and least crowded surf spots and writes about the daily struggles since the hurricane hit. Shoot him an email and he will give the real story on if it will or won't be a hassle to go down. Last week I read that he finally got a bag of ice and was stoked. That should tell you how its going. Listening to WAPA news the other day (as I do nightly since my wife is from PR) Patillas on the SE corner finally got power restored. I doubt you will have power in Rincon but Micah can give you the low down. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuckontheGulf View Post
    North Western PR is most definitely dependent on tourism. You know this Barry. I have been going there for 15 years both winter and summer. In the winter Rincon is jammed with surfers and people are all over the place. The bars were having concerts every weekend, everything is open and the bakery is a hub. I went there in the summer for a hurricane swell and all the hot spots were closed, hardly any traffic around town and its very quiet compared to winter. I know some people go there for months in the winter.
    Anyway if you want a true picture of whats going on go to Aurasurf.com and contact Micah. He is from St. Petersburg and moved to Rincon 5-6 years ago. He leads rookies to the best and least crowded surf spots and writes about the daily struggles since the hurricane hit. Shoot him an email and he will give the real story on if it will or won't be a hassle to go down. Last week I read that he finally got a bag of ice and was stoked. That should tell you how its going. Listening to WAPA news the other day (as I do nightly since my wife is from PR) Patillas on the SE corner finally got power restored. I doubt you will have power in Rincon but Micah can give you the low down. Good luck!
    No. Only the surfing corner is surfer dependent. You are viewing it narrowly. PR has more to it than tourism; it is, as said, 6% of island income.
    Is you wife portorican or american that grew up there??

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    She was born in Olimpo, Guyama and lived there until she was 25 or so. She used to work at the Hooters in San Juan till it burnt down (yeah she has good hooters). Are you aware they nixed the tax incentives for pharm and such? I remember the big pharm companies like Phizer near Isabella quite a few years back along with a Hewlett Packard plant. Here is an article that explains it. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/26/here...s-economy.html.
    I keep a pretty good pulse on the island as, like I said, she watches the news daily from PR and I ask questions as my Spanish isn't so hot. I only know duro duro papichulo, me gusta tonto and such. All I was saying is that the NW Corner is definately dependent on surfer tourism, although like you said it doesn't account for a whole lot in the big picture but for that area it is a good chunk of $$.