Yes, the waves will come, usually up to six feet, but good luck trying to get the staple surf gear in Cuba.
Imagine if things we take for granted such as surf wax, new boards or simple online surf reports were hard to come by. Add Cuban policies, combined with the American blockade, plus a lack of transportation, and this is surfing in Cuba – indeed, a complicated endeavor.
But, as we know, once the surfing bug has got ya, nothing’s going to stop your love of the waves. So, the sport persists in Cuba through the determination of native surfers and homegrown organizations like Royal 70, a nonprofit surf collective founded by Cuban native and surfer Eduardo Valdes and Blair Cording, an Australian surfer. To date, there have been two national surf contests in Havana, one attracting the sponsorship of Red Bull. Another national contest is scheduled for later this month.
Read the insightful article about it recently written up in The New York Times here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/sports/cuban-surfers-face-hurdles-before-catching-waves.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
An interesting quote by a surfer quoted in the story: “My mom would punish me for going to the beach. I had to sneak out of my house or skip school classes if I wanted to try to surf for the first five years. I even hid my board at a friend’s house.”
Wow! Can you imagine? Continue reading