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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rincon beckons visitors to Puerto Rico's west coast

Rincon beckons visitors to Puerto Rico's west coast

When the World Surfing competition came to Puerto Rico in 1968, Rincon wasn't even a dot on most maps of the island. But that November, competitive surfers from around the world descended on the tiny west coast town, along with film crews for ABC-TV's "Wide World of Sports," which was covering the sport for the first time. In an instant, Rincon was transformed. Every year afterward, surfers began to flock there between November and April when waves peaked at 25 and 30 feet, and a rustic assortment of bunkhouses, fish shacks and watering holes opened up to serve them. But then an interesting thing happened. As surfers began aging out of the sport, they continued to come,...

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