Sea Grant launches Surfeando PR page

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The Sea Grant Program of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) based at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus (RUM), published the Surfeando PR portal, a map that uses the Google My Maps platform, to illustrate the locations and descriptions of some of the beaches that are most recognized for surfing. 

"It is a tool to access the best waves in Puerto Rico, always highlighting aquatic safety, conservation and camaraderie with other beach users. We know that Surfeando Puerto Rico will be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, and we hope to continue improving the access to quality marine recreational activities that we enjoy so much. It was designed by Oliver Bencosme, who works at Sea Grant and is a surfing enthusiast," said Ruperto Chaparro, director of the program.  

He added that this map includes photographs of the most optimal conditions for surfing, recommendations by skill level, links to daily updated forecasts by our collaborators in the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System (CARICOOS), and directions integrated into the Google Maps application, among other useful information. 

"The map was started during the 2020, pandemic, as part of an initiative to enjoy our marine and coastal resources. The idea was formulated to use the online platform for accessibility purposes, emphasize aquatic safety and inform the general public about the characteristics of surfing beaches. Both locals and tourists can take advantage of this tool from any electronic device. The map has potential for growth and optimization, so it is considered a first edition," he emphasized. 

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