With my mom, Genêt Klasek's, and my love for skateboarding, it was hard to resist skateboarding every day during our trip to Cuba in March.

Skateboarding the streets of Cuba was amazing and it is something I'm looking forward to when I return for at least a year to live with my mom, starting in August. 

While we were there, we met skateboarders everywhere and they would invite us to different skate spots around Havana. I have made lifelong friends there. 

There was this one spot in Old Havana called the Pacedo Strip, which was a long strip of nice concrete where people would walk, but it was also a prime spot for skateboarders to meet at 4 p.m. every day. The strip was a good spot to learn new tricks and an even better place to hang out and meet local skateboarders.

It was really cool because all the kids wanted to play this game called “S.K.A.T.E”, which is a game like horse in basketball terms but for skateboarders. After a round of rock-paper-scissors to see who goes first, the game starts with the first player trying to do a trick, but if they miss it then the player would get a “S” and so on. The Cuban skaters would always ask to play the game and it didn’t matter that I didn’t speak the language, which is Spanish.

Here are some of the images I made this past spring. 

Read Atticus Klasek's story about U.S. non-profit Cuba Skate: Cuba Skate Big Boon For Cuban Skaters

Cover image courtesy of Hilary Kathleen.

Atticus Klasek skateboards along the popular Pacedo Strip. Photo courtesy of Hilary Kathleen.

 

 

 

Edition: 
Phoenix
Tucson
Issue: 
May 2017