Skateboarding is a gift that is meant to be shared with the masses and our good homies at Kebbek Skateboards are firm believers in this founding principle of our art. Plans for a massive skateboard donation began bouncing back and forth between a few key members of the Kebbek family and soon there was action behind these words that started this group of skaters down a path of philanthropy that would take them to the small and isolated island country of Cuba. Many members of the Cuban community are subject to high levels of poverty and the isolation issue that is often found amongst island populations making them the perfect candidates for a massive donation drop of shred sleds. Kebbek recently put out this official press release announcing the full length documentary entitled Lost in Havana, a film that was compiled from footage gathered during the trip:“This film chronicles the outlandish results as earlier this year a band of skaters from Canada and Austria smuggled in a pile of skateboards into Cuba to give away to underprivileged kids. It’s clear from the get-go that good intentions and communist bureaucracy clash like velvet dingle-balls around the windscreen of a 1982 Lada 1600 sedan. Juergen Gritzner, a pro skater from Austria, walks us through a comical fish out of water story that is vivid in colour and rich in cultural awkwardness. Award-winning film maker Soren Johnstone (Play with Fire, Hicks on Sticks) shot and edited this very enjoyable story despite his own run in with hallucinogenic jelly fish. The film held its world premiere in Slovenia earlier this month and so far has received universally positive accolades.”
Plans are already in the works to organize some state side viewings of this film so make sure to keep an eye on Kebbek’s social media outlets (@KebbekSkateboards, FB) as well as home page for any further scheduling that may be in your neck of the woods. We here at Wheelbase will also make sure to announce any of these new showings ensuring you the best chance of hearing about these gatherings so you can experience a taste of the community Kebbek is working so hard to support. Until then, check out the recently released trailer for the full length film to only further tease your self until you are able to view it in its entirety.
Please be sure to support those who support us to ensure brands, like Kebbek, who are in it for the right reasons are able to continue efforts similar to this one in the future. A huge thank you goes out to everyone at Kebbek for helping to make skateboards attainable to a group of individuals who may have never had the chance to know what it was like to push rather than walk!!