Carhartt WIP's Team Takes on Cuba's Rugged and Virtually Nonexistent Skate Scene

“La Fruta Bomba.”

By
Sports
3,259 Hypes 0 Comments

Courtesy of Thrasher Magazine, we get a look at Carhartt WIP skaters Max Palmer, Chris Milic and Andrew Wilson, along with Nolan Benfield and Cocho, as they shred through Havana, Cuba in a seven-minute, Sean Dahlberg-directed video dubbed “La Fruta Bomba.” As with any once forbidden city, skaters are typically among the first tourists to investigate its streets, hoping to find the next killer spot before anyone else does. Unfortunately, this crew was in for a bittersweet surprise. Here’s an excerpt from Dahlberg’s first-person account on Thrasher:

First and foremost there is little to no skate culture in Cuba. Many kids aspire to ride a skateboard, but the country just doesn’t have the means to support that yet. There are no skate shops on the island and almost no access to the Internet, so getting a board is extremely difficult. Orly, a local who was showing us around, said that if he breaks a board he might not skate for three months, maybe more. All of the spots were rugged too. We would see a bank to ledge or a handrail from a distance and skate over excitedly—only to find out that there was a huge crack or the ledge was chunked out beyond belief. Actually, most of the streets and sidewalks were difficult just to roll on.

The director then praised Havana’s locals for their hospitality as well as the young generation of determined skaters.

And the skateboarders that live in Cuba, they’re the ones with the biggest hearts and courage. It humbled me and the rest of the group to see a bunch of kids who literally have almost nothing yet are making the best out of their situation. When they don’t have actual decks they make their own out of wooden planks. When they don’t have grip tape they use sand and varnish. These kids skate some of the roughest spots I’ve ever seen on makeshift equipment. And you know what? They don’t complain about any of it: not the spots, not their boards, not the negative public sentiment towards skating, nothing. All they want to do is skate and they find a way to make it happen. It’s refreshing to know there are people in this world who aren’t caught up in the bullshit minutia of life, people that just want to enjoy the freedom that skateboarding brings. You can find those people in Havana, Cuba.

If you’re having trouble viewing the video, watch “La Fruta Bomba” on thrashermagazine.com.

Read Full Article
Photographer
Colin Sussingham

Join Our Discussions on Discord

The HYPEBEAST Discord Server is a community where conversations on cultural topics can be taken further.

101 Users Online

What to Read Next

1KCorp Drops a Handful of Graphic Streetwear Apparel for March 2017
Fashion

1KCorp Drops a Handful of Graphic Streetwear Apparel for March 2017

Tonal black wares and more.

The Enfants Riches Déprimés 2017 Spring/Summer Main Collection Caters to the Rebellious Youth
Fashion

The Enfants Riches Déprimés 2017 Spring/Summer Main Collection Caters to the Rebellious Youth

The power of punk in clothing form.

Desiigner Raps About Rihanna & Drugs on New Single "Holy Ghost"
Music

Desiigner Raps About Rihanna & Drugs on New Single "Holy Ghost"

His second single of 2017.


7 Global Boutiques That Have Mastered the Art of Sneaker Collaborations
Footwear 

7 Global Boutiques That Have Mastered the Art of Sneaker Collaborations

From atmos to Patta, see who else made the list.

Nike Air VaporMax Is Given a LEGO Makeover by Tom Yoo
Footwear

Nike Air VaporMax Is Given a LEGO Makeover by Tom Yoo

Adding LEGO into the mix of Air Max Day festivities.

Nike's 'The Vision-AIRS: Experiments in Style' Explores Concept of Walking on Air
Fashion

Nike's 'The Vision-AIRS: Experiments in Style' Explores Concept of Walking on Air

With garments inspired by the Nike Air VaporMax.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.

Help Support Us

We need ads to keep the lights on and to continue providing free news to our readers. We’d appreciate your support by whitelisting HYPEBEAST on your ad blocker. That way you can keep reading all the great stories for free.

If you have already whitelisted us, simply refresh this page. To find out how to whitelist us, click the button below.

Back

Add Us to Whitelist

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads. Most ad blockers have similar whitelisting steps and settings. If you need assistance, please contact us.

Adblock Plus

  1. Click on the red ABP icon in the upper right corner of your browser.
  2. Click “Enabled on this site” to disable ad blocking for the current site. In Firefox click “disable on HYPEBEAST”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Adblock

  1. Click the AdBlock hand icon.
  2. Click “Don’t run on pages on this domain”.
  3. A new “Don’t run AdBlock on…” dialog may be displayed in the middle of the screen.
  4. Move the “Site” slider to the right. After that, click “Exclude”.
  5. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

uBlock

  1. Click the uBlock icon.
  2. Click the large blue “power” button in the menu that appears to whitelist the current website.
  3. Reload the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Firefox Browser

Firefox Tracking Protection may activate our whitelist notice, which can be disabled temporarily for a browsing session by clicking the shield icon in the URL bar and following the instructions.

Disconnect

  1. Click the Disconnect icon.
  2. Click “Whitelist site”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.