Two weeks before a planned trip to Cuba, and weeks away from stated rollbacks of loosened travel restrictions to the Island, a VICE documentary inspired the creation of a project to bring skateboards to Cuba: Appreci-skate Cuba.


My appeal for support on Facebook stated the desire for "a few used or new skateboards." However, I flew from Chicago airport to Havana, Cuba, with twenty-two fully equipped brand new boards collaboratively gifted by Eduskate Skate Shop, Rekon Skateboards, and dozens of people from D.C., St.Louis, Cedar Rapids; to Beijing, China.


The message of the project was, despite the differences of our governments and politics; people connect through their passions, desires, and hopes. The reflection of Cuba, captured through our experience, was one of hardship; but, also, of a vibrant, resilient people who admirably  survive through community dependence and an individual spirit of hustle.



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