The tenth Pan American Surfing Games began last November 12 in Anse Bertrand, Guadeloupe, with a colorful parade that flooded the town with the colors of the flags of the eight countries that accepted the invitation to the Panamerican Surfing Association, PASA to this tournament.
The team received Arnand Guadalupe in the Parade of Nations
There are few nations who came to Guadalupe, and one of them stands out among countries with a tradition surfer. Cuba is represented by Arnand Lantingua Perez, the only surfer who could leave the island to tell the world that surf Cubans, who have good waves and can compete with their American brethren.
Arnand already been eliminated from the tournament, but he assured us that his goal has already been fulfilled: "Let everyone know that in Cuba there surfing."
Megano beach sand, Cuba, first mixed with the other nations of the Pan
We leave an interview with the athlete who has earned the admiration of the tournament, his attitude and kindness: Perez Arnand Lantigua..
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Surfing began in Cuba in the 1990's, in the neighborhood of Miramar, a western district of Havana. It was in those early days that two Chileans were first seen grabbing a few waves to a astonished crowd of onlookers at a beach called “Playita de 12” also call "los Yaquis" for Jacks for the old childhood game due the shape of the breakwaters there,. It was said that the Chileans would show up at the beach whenever a cold front (northerner) would be forecasted. The two would surf aggressively over the reef that was about 50 meters along the Miramar shoreline. Young people in the neighborhood would come to observe this “amazing feat” as demonstrated by these skilled Chilean colleagues, and from this first demonstration, directly led to a handful of teens (the most active and brave of these early Cuban watermen) to head into the water with pieces of wood they called "pleybo" (plywood) to try to mimic the foreigners and try their best to surf the waves, some upwards of 12 feet. Surfing and bodyboarding were becoming increasingly popular; it was not unusual to catch a few early surfers anxious for the next cold front to hit. These early and humble surfing ventures were primitive at best, dropping into a wave on a rough shaped plywood with no fins added with the challenge of doing so only feet away from some of the narliest reefs around - extreme conditions witnessed in disbelief by many neighborhood onlookers from the shore.