About Vieques Paddleboarding

Vieques paddleboarding is a locally operated company with two cofounders that enjoy all that Vieques has to offer, while working to preserve the island’s natural beauty and splendor.

David

Lead Guide

David grew up exploring caves in the town of Camuy, world famous for its underground system. After earning his BA in Communications and working as a cameraman in the film industry, he moved to Vieques 10 years ago. He has been a paddleboarding instructor and snorkeling guide for four years. David is both a talented waterman and organic farmer certified in Permaculture. His favorite part of the trip is the mangrove forest.

Gabo

Lead Guide

A seasoned paddler with over 6 years of experience, he is a paddleboarding instructor by day and lead guide for the bioluminescent bay at night. With studies in history as his background and his passion for astronomy, he has vast information to share with you. Gabo audited the ACA Paddleboarding Instructor Level I course and is currently completing his training as a certified lifeguard. Gabo leads our advance expeditions. Snorkeling at the off shore reef is what he loves the most.

Luis

Lead Guide

He joined Vieques Paddleboarding two years ago. Being a talented sportsman, he soon became a lead paddleboarding guide. Luis has been practicing martial arts for the past ten years, and enjoys teaching kids. He felt in love with paddleboarding because it provides a great workout while out in nature. His favorite part of the trip is offering the “how to paddle” lesson and the educational talks, but snorkeling comes a close second. Being an avid hiker, he enjoys guiding our new Hike & Snorkel Trip. On his spare time you can find him tending his vegetable garden.

Jorge Enrique

Co-owner, Lead Guide

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jorge is a sports man. Diver, surfer, sailor, snowboarder, climber and caver. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytecnic Institute with a BS in computer and systems enginnering and then received an MBA from Tulane University. He worked for over 15 years as a computer programmer, until he decided to leave the desk and make the ocean his new work place.

Jorge Enrique has traveled extensively, always off the beaten path. From caving in Cuba, climbing in Peru, driving to the Artic Circle or hitchking by boat through the Amazon, he has many stories to tell. He is also a self-taught carpenter and has been building a green home on the island of Vieques.

Trainings:
ACA Paddleboarding Instructor Level 1
Certified Lifeguard
Advanced Scuba Diver
US Sailing Small Boat Instructor
NCRC Cave Rescue Certified

Margaret Mair

Co-owner, Lead Guide

Margaret grew up on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico. Daughter of marine biologists, the Caribbean Sea was her playground. Margaret paddles, dives, rock climbs and practices yoga. She met Jorge while body rafting on the Tanamá River in Utuado, Puerto Rico. In 2000, she graduated from Brown University with a BA in International Relations and then received a degree in documentary filmmaking from the renowned International Film School in Cuba (EICTV).

She is also an avid traveler. Margaret lived in Germany, Italy and Morocco becoming immerse in the different cultures and learning their languages. Besides running the business, she homeschools their six year old son and plants a garden in the hopes to become more self-sufficent.

Trainings:
ACA Paddleboarding Instructor Level 2
Certified Lifeguard
Scuba Diver

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