Due to the economic blockade of Cuba, the Cuban skateboarders do not only have a hard time getting the gear they need, but they are also deprived of visibility in the worldwide community.
In October 2017, the Riding Adventures crew travelled to Cuba to connect with local skaters and help them tie the bonds with the international longboard dancing & freestyle scene.
There are no skate brands present in the country and there are no skateshops. The economic situation is quite bad. That’s why the Cuban skaters mostly rely on getting the skateboards from foreign skaters who visit the country and bring some gear with them. Riding Adventures did the same and also delivered some of the much needed skate gear.
Riding Adventures wants to prove that this sport does not understand what borders mean and also, that the union between riders is a connection that goes over any cultural or political context.
The Riding Adventures did a hell of a good job documenting the Cuban skate scene while maintaining the focus on the positive things and showing how stoked the Cuban skaters are regardless of the many challenges.
Riders: Charlie Disfruta, Daniel Sam, Sergio Evans, Borja Allue, Pablo Nicieza, Luis Creo, Chano Sebastian, Toti, Rafa Ordovas, Jay Alexis and Juanjo Cano.
Film by Borja Allue.
The project was supported by Flamingo Sunglasses.
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“Just skate for fun, don’t pick up a skateboard because you want to be a pro one day. Don’t forget why you started skating in the first place.” Steve Caballero