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If You Only Had 18 Days Off In A Year, This Is How You Should Spend It

Alejandro Moreda worked 304 shifts with 18 days off, this is how he spent those lay days. 

cinema // Sep 29, 2019
Words by stab
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

In 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico causing 64 direct deaths and estimated 4,600 deaths in the aftermath – lack of food, water, electricity, you name it. The hurricane caused upwards of $94 US billion in damages and every single one of the island’s 3.4 million people were affected.

To this day recovery efforts are ongoing, with ten of thousands of homes still without power, and a lot of the restoration is due to people like Alejandro Moreda in the above clip. Alejandro took a job two weeks after the hurricane as a generator mechanic for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He then spent the next ten months building and installing generators to provide power to schools, hospitals, and water pumps for clean drinking. 

The good-willed job had him working 7-days a week for 12 hours a day – not the ideal job for a surfer – with only 18 days off over the 10 month period; that’s 304 shifts in total. 

The above is a highlights package of how Ale spent his time off work – it was mostly getting tubed. He may not be a name that has you rushing for a desktop viewing (as opposed to a brief ceasing of your thumb scroll), but with a keen for for tubes and intermittently vicious rail it makes for some good viewing. 


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