U.S.-Cuba thaw provides new hope for a niche sport in Havana

Havana's El Patinodromo ("The Skatepark") will be 20,000 sq. feet involving metal ramps, rails, along with low, concrete steps. to Cuba's burgeoning skate scene, it's an oasis -- the only skatepark on the island where skaters can grind, kickflip, along with catch a few air with out obtaining ticketed by police officers.

But it's also fallen into disrepair: the actual heat as well as humidity of Cuba's tropical climate are making ramps rusty, your concrete has cracked, and also prior to they tend to be in a position to land virtually any tricks, skaters must improvise supports with regard to its numerous obstacles.

"They employed to become good metal ramps," skateboarder and Wa