Skateboarding Through Cuba

Lacking a single skate shop and boasting only one skate park, Cuba seems an unlikely place for skateboarding to take off. And yet, it has. Follow Yojani Pérez Rivera as he describes life as a skateboarder in Cuba and the challenges he faces in promoting the sport while living in one of the world’s last “closed” societies.

For more on how the sport can intersect with politics around the world, check out how activists in Ethiopia are using skateboarding to empower children.

One Man Empowers Ethiopian Youth Through Skateboarding

When skater Israel Dejene first arrived in a tough neighborhood of Addis Ababa, he saw children “sliding down the asphalt with plastic fixed to the underside of their shoes”. In an effort to curb their stealing and potential to wander down the hazardous path of delinquency, Dejene founded Ethioskate. Intoto region-residing boys and girls from the ages of 6 through 19 are invited to participate in the skate project, where Dejene seeks to help them realize their own potential to do gravity-defying things, help others and ultimately contribute to the greater good.

The Physics Of Skateboarding

Since ollies, kick flips and other skateboarding tricks happen so quickly, it can often be difficult to see what’s happening in one’s body. With current technology, though, those questions are no longer shrouded in mystery.

Skateboarding From Venice To Venice

The classic convertible might be ideal for traversing the golden highways of Venice Beach, California, and the gondola preferred for its older counterpart in Italy, but for athlete Guy Mariano the skateboard is the best method of transport of them all.

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