Jose grew up surfing and paddling in Puerto Rico. He worked for Outward Bound for 12 years, teaching sea kayaking and sailing expeditions. Jose has been teaching for over 25 years in the outdoor classroom.
In addition, he has taught at various colleges in the USA. He has competed in multiple SUP races including the HanoHano, Battle of the Paddle, Malibu Downwinder, Carolina Cup and Pacific Paddle Games. Jose holds an ACA SUP Level 2 Instructor Trainer certification. He has taught many Instructor Certification courses in different parts of United States including Southern California, Maryland, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Puerto Rico.
Lastly, Jose wanted to expand local coastal awareness and access and be the voice for all paddlers in San Diego so he helped a group of paddlers form the San Diego Water Trails Association.