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Mission


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Mission


The Challenge:

The problem is that Cuban youth are trapped in a feud between two cultures. With no skate shops in Cuba, it's nearly impossible to acquire skateboards and other supplies needed to keep skating alive. Breaking one’s skateboard deck often means going months without a replacement. When this happens they call it the “dark months.” Cuba’s skate scene was born in the 1980s when Russian soldiers left their skateboards with a couple of scrappy street kids who never gave up on their dreams and have kept things rolling for 30+ years. One of these two original skaters is still on board and he is involved in this project.

Our Model:

A big part of what Amigo Skate does is collect unwanted or broken skateboard equipment, refurbish, rebuild, and then recycle it back to skaters in need.  Besides supplying new and used decks, wheels, hardware, grip and trucks; we have gathered a wide variety of action sports gear, music equipment, and art supplies. After collecting and refurbishing everything we redistribute the goods to kids wherever and whenever we see a need. The main mission is to provide youth with an outlet to express themselves.


What we've done

- Hosted AmiGo Skateboarding Day (1st Annual 2015) and again in 2016

- Hosted Tattoo Expo, Live music and Skateboard Demo at Maxim

- Responsible for Skateboard Collaboration (btwn Madrid Amigo and Racielle Pereda)

- Contributed and participated in the rebuilding of the Havana DIY park

- Smuggled roughly 7 tons of Skateboarding Equipment, Musical Instruments and Art Supplies into Havana in the past 6 years which      we hand delivered to the islands youth

- Hosted live music events in Havana

Launched an art project (Amigo Paint Cuba) led by 3 international artists, Atomiko, Abstrk, and 5stars who painted several murals,       2 of which were at Havana elementary schools in collaboration with the students

- Hosted multiple Downhill longboard slide jams

- Responsible for a series of contests at the Havana DIY park

- Sponsored an art exhibition in Cuba

- Sponsored first full length Cuban Skateboard Video

- Sponsored Havanas first skateboard school

- Collaborated with The Giving Lens on a community Photography Project

- Launched Amigo Skate Haiti in 2015, served the youth at Maison Des Anges orphanage and the youth in Jacmel

- Collaborating with Houndstooth Cottage to record and distribute Cuban Underground Music

- We don't stop and We don't quit.

 

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Rene


Rene Lecour

 Miami resident AND VETERAN HIP HOP DJ Rene SUGAR lECOUR has BEEN rooted in the world of action sports through his lifelong love of bmx and skateboard culture. His career in skateboarding started in 2006 AS GENERAL MANAGER OF the Coconut Grove Skate Park UNTIL 2009. in 2007 he began his own VOLUNTEER mission serving at risk youth in West Coconut Grove with SK8CHURCHMIAMI WHICH WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND aMIGO SKATE. fROM 2009- 2014 HE MANAGED 5 SKATEPARKS FOR MIAMI DADE COUNTY. DURING HIS YEARS WITH MDC PARKS HE CREATED AND HOSTED SOME OF SOUTH FLORIDAS LARGEST SCALE EXTREME SPORTS EVENTS SUCH AS THE SKATEBOARD RODEO, GOT SKATE, BOARDS FOR BOOBS AND THE MIAMI STOP OF TONY HAWKS 2012 TOUR .  IN 2010 HE TOOK HIS FIRST TRIP TO CUBA with his wife , son AND A CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND. Inspired by the hardships and talent of Cubas skateboard community he vowed that he would not only tell the world about their story but that he would also return with more supplies and more skaters to support their cause. Since that day he has returned over and over again; tirelessly retelling their story, delivering several tons of donations and bringing along with him a motley crew of action sports enthusiasts, artists, musicians, photographers, journalists and progressive thinkers. These amigos and Amigas have dedicated themselves through blood, sweat and tears to the support, success and empowerment of the imprisoned islands misunderstood youth.

HE AND HIS CREW ARE THE ROBIN HOODS OF HAVANA

 

Rene


Rene Lecour

 Miami resident AND VETERAN HIP HOP DJ Rene SUGAR lECOUR has BEEN rooted in the world of action sports through his lifelong love of bmx and skateboard culture. His career in skateboarding started in 2006 AS GENERAL MANAGER OF the Coconut Grove Skate Park UNTIL 2009. in 2007 he began his own VOLUNTEER mission serving at risk youth in West Coconut Grove with SK8CHURCHMIAMI WHICH WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND aMIGO SKATE. fROM 2009- 2014 HE MANAGED 5 SKATEPARKS FOR MIAMI DADE COUNTY. DURING HIS YEARS WITH MDC PARKS HE CREATED AND HOSTED SOME OF SOUTH FLORIDAS LARGEST SCALE EXTREME SPORTS EVENTS SUCH AS THE SKATEBOARD RODEO, GOT SKATE, BOARDS FOR BOOBS AND THE MIAMI STOP OF TONY HAWKS 2012 TOUR .  IN 2010 HE TOOK HIS FIRST TRIP TO CUBA with his wife , son AND A CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND. Inspired by the hardships and talent of Cubas skateboard community he vowed that he would not only tell the world about their story but that he would also return with more supplies and more skaters to support their cause. Since that day he has returned over and over again; tirelessly retelling their story, delivering several tons of donations and bringing along with him a motley crew of action sports enthusiasts, artists, musicians, photographers, journalists and progressive thinkers. These amigos and Amigas have dedicated themselves through blood, sweat and tears to the support, success and empowerment of the imprisoned islands misunderstood youth.

HE AND HIS CREW ARE THE ROBIN HOODS OF HAVANA

 

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Chris


Chris miller

 

BROOKLYN BASED CHRIS MILLER IS DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA FOR AMIGO SKATE. HE WORKS IN MEDIA PRODUCTION AND FACILITATES community PROJECTS IN NEW YORK CITY. In 2011 CHRIS Documented THE Maloof Road tour'S south florida stop at one of RENE'S SKATE PARKs. WITH a MUTUAL passion for serving youth through action sports, the two quickly connected, leading Chris to cuba Shortly after. during his first visit he fell in love with the islands skateboard community and has been pushing non-stop towards the goal of creating a productive and self sustaining skate scene in Havana  since. 

Chris


Chris miller

 

BROOKLYN BASED CHRIS MILLER IS DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL MEDIA FOR AMIGO SKATE. HE WORKS IN MEDIA PRODUCTION AND FACILITATES community PROJECTS IN NEW YORK CITY. In 2011 CHRIS Documented THE Maloof Road tour'S south florida stop at one of RENE'S SKATE PARKs. WITH a MUTUAL passion for serving youth through action sports, the two quickly connected, leading Chris to cuba Shortly after. during his first visit he fell in love with the islands skateboard community and has been pushing non-stop towards the goal of creating a productive and self sustaining skate scene in Havana  since. 

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Che


Che Pando

 

Che is the godfather of skateboarding in Havana and the original spark that has kept the stoke going since the 1980s. The man is a mythical Jay adams type character with deep roots in THE ISLANDS skate, surf, tattoo and heavy metal community's. Che is an intregal part of our mission and he is the mighty rudder that steers our ship in Havana cuba. The name amigo was born from the very first encounter he and rene lecour had in 2009. IT WAS AT THIS FIRST HISTORIC MEETING at the presidentE skate spot THAT che extended his hand and said "hola amigo" and thus our movement was born.

Che


Che Pando

 

Che is the godfather of skateboarding in Havana and the original spark that has kept the stoke going since the 1980s. The man is a mythical Jay adams type character with deep roots in THE ISLANDS skate, surf, tattoo and heavy metal community's. Che is an intregal part of our mission and he is the mighty rudder that steers our ship in Havana cuba. The name amigo was born from the very first encounter he and rene lecour had in 2009. IT WAS AT THIS FIRST HISTORIC MEETING at the presidentE skate spot THAT che extended his hand and said "hola amigo" and thus our movement was born.

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Scott


Scott McDonald

 

Canadian Powerhouse Scott McDonald has been serving the Cuban skate community since 2009. Working with his own madcap crew of great white north hooligans they were volunteering parallel to the efforts of their American counter-parts Amigo skate. Encouraged to join forces WITH AMIGO BY mutual friend Che Pando the trio joined forces to create a newly united and international version of amigo skate. Scott is the cornerstone of Toronto's skateboard community, A TALENTED ARTIST and A Member of amigo paint Cuba.

Scott


Scott McDonald

 

Canadian Powerhouse Scott McDonald has been serving the Cuban skate community since 2009. Working with his own madcap crew of great white north hooligans they were volunteering parallel to the efforts of their American counter-parts Amigo skate. Encouraged to join forces WITH AMIGO BY mutual friend Che Pando the trio joined forces to create a newly united and international version of amigo skate. Scott is the cornerstone of Toronto's skateboard community, A TALENTED ARTIST and A Member of amigo paint Cuba.

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