AP PHOTOS: Cuba skateboarders find new place to slice and roll
February 2, 2018 - skateboarding
Cuba’s tiny yet generous skateboard transformation has forged out a new space for itself, helped by a Cuban-American movement emporium owner.
Using tiny donations from people and a handful of charities, Rene Lecour and a organisation of Cuban skaters poured petrify bowls and ramps in an deserted building during Liberty City, a former troops bottom that was converted into an educational core by Fidel Castro after a country’s 1959 revolution.
“It means a lot that spaces like this are created, that it hasn’t remained a dark civic sport,” pronounced Hector Jorge, a 31-year-old skateboard aficionado.
Lecour, 50, began roving to Cuba scarcely a decade ago and his Amigo Skate Cuba organisation has turn a pivotal component in a tiny village of unfamiliar skateboard enthusiasts who have attempted to supply their Cuban counterparts with play and other equipment.
“This is a present for a people,” Lecour said. “We don’t have any domestic or eremite goals. We aren’t offered anything. We came to help.”
For a movement park’s grand opening, Cuban musicians achieved brief giveaway concerts while immature skaters got 60 newly donated skateboards and embellished aged ones. Participants ranged in age from 8 to 50. The park is removing daily use, and a inhabitant gathering of Cuban skateboarders is designed for June.
Cuba’s central sports investiture once took a low perspective of skaters, yet over a past 15 years it has tolerated, and spasmodic encouraged, skateboarding. It authorised origination of another, now-deteriorating movement trickery during a Metropolitan Park some-more than a decade ago. But it has no grave association for a competition and a island has no place to buy skateboards, that would be prohibitively costly for many Cubans in any case.
Skateboarding apparently began with a handful of people in a 1980s and there are now hundreds of enthusiasts, yet a accurate series is unclear. They accumulate during several points around a capital.
“It’s a large family and it doesn’t matter what kind of song we listen to, how we dress, whatever. When everybody’s skating, everybody’s equal,” pronounced Yobel Perez, a 28-year-old skater.