In This Communist Country, People Find Freedom In Skateboarding

A community of skateboarders find themselves in a repressive land.

Skateboarding as an extreme sport first took root in Southern California in the 1960s, gaining popularity in the rest of the United States and then around the world, including one country you might not expect: Cuba.

A 1,000-strong community of skaters thrives in the communist-controlled island nation, despite lacking access to new equipment or the approval of government officials. (Like their California brethren, many skaters are surfers too.) Check out the video above to meet a few of the young Cubans living the skater lifestyle despite the odds.

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