As you may know, Imagine More was involved in some work in Cuba in early 2016. Run by Groundswell Community Project, this ongoing project brought (and continues to bring) surf instruction, donated gear, and a greater sense of community and sisterhood to young women and girls all over Cuba who surf, want to surf, and are just generally badass and awesome. One of the main issues they face in their native country, though, is that in Cuba, surfing is not considered a sport.
It might seem irrelevant what the government "considers" to be a sport, but it actually has a massive impact on whether gear is available, whether Cuban surfers can compete internationally and receive sponsorships, whether they can compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics (where surfing will be an event!), and even whether surfing is considered legal.
To raise awareness of this issue and to help Cuban surfers gain recognition and the ability to compete in the 2020 Olympics, our friends at @surflibre (look them up on Instagram!) put together this incredible short video.
Check out the video, sign the petition, and let's see Cuban surfers compete in 2020!
For more about our work in Cuba, check out our Groundswell Community Project page.
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