Skate Cuba, a memorable way to experience Cuba

Posted: 07-Jan-19 09:44

Writers from Big Wheel Blading recently attended Skate Cuba, an event that takes place over 10 days. The writers were entranced by Cuba and its people and charmed by the island’s beautiful scenery. For Americans interested in the event, which occurs every November, the writers praised the event and its organizers as a way to explore the country and make new friends.

Skate Cuba, a memorable way to experience Cuba

Writers from Big Wheel Blading recently travelled to Cuba for Skate Cuba 2018. For the writers who made the trip, it was a memorable visit to a country they had long wanted to visit, and one that is close but vastly different from the US.

According to the writers, after skating through 23 states, 9 countries, and countless weekends across the US skate events, Skate Cuba now occupies a special place in their hearts. The experience deepened their love for skating and cemented their belief that skating creates unity spanning borders, generations and language.

Skate Cuba takes place in November each year and requires about 10 days, including travel to and from Miami. The event takes participants to numerous varied locations across Northern Cuba, and they stayed in remote villages, resorts and Havana. The writers were hosted by Jose Bordas, who has a contagious love of skating and his country and made for an excellent host.

The writers joined Skate Cuba because of their love of adventure and skating, and Cuba offers plenty of both. They admit that they didn’t do a lot of research prior to the trip, and instead decided to just go along for the road. Their accommodations ranged from gorgeous, old world hotels to charming, rustic bungalows where lizards darted in and out.

Numerous friendships were made during the trip, and the skaters fell in love with the friendly spirit of the Cuban people.

The writers were without WiFi and cell connections for most of the trip, and rediscovered pastimes from our younger days and felt the years melt away. In addition to skating, they dove from cliffs, collected shells, watched sunsets, and kicked back on the island’s beautiful beaches.

They found that art is everywhere in Cuba. Highlights of their trip included a night at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC), famous for its avant-garde atmosphere. Souvenir street carts, craft fairs and art walks punctuated the communities they visited. Like many visitors to the island, they found an immense creativity flourishes in spite of government-imposed constraints.  


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