The Cuba Unknown is a travel and surf photography book about Cuba. With guaranteed delivery by Christmas, it's a perfect gift for the explorers in your life (and yourself!)
>> Stretch Goal: $30,000: If we make it, EVERYONE who has pledged at any reward higher than $25 will receive a copy of our companion book: The Cuba Unknown: A Guide to Knowing a Little More. The pocket-sized guide presents helpful tips, popular phrases, must-see locations, and much more in a format that is easy to share and bring with you on your next trip. <<
Hi, we’re Makewild, a group of longtime friends from Maine now based in Venice, CA. In 2016, we traveled to Cuba to make a film about a group of athletes who risked their freedom to legitimize surfing on the island. If you can imagine, until recently, surfing in Cuba was illegal.
Those in pursuit of the elusive barrel were made outlaws, risking their boards being confiscated or getting arrested. These surfers took the sport into their own hands, passionately shaping surfboards out of refrigerator doors, ceiling tiles and whatever else they could find. They paddled out to score a few moments of freedom. They inspired us. They instilled in us a new appreciation for the sport we love. They taught us a new meaning of adventure. Now we want to share these stories with the world.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Cuba Unknown is a photo book on a mission to inspire both travelers and surfers. Through photos and stories from our time on the island with local friends, we aim to reveal a lesser-known side of Cuba, beyond the old cars and decaying buildings. The book offers tips for those intrigued to make the journey, without being a total gringo.
WHAT YOU'RE FUNDING
Purchasing the book and supporting the project at any level helps us finish our feature film, Havana Libre, which follows the effort to legitimize surfing in Cuba.
180 FSC-certified pages kinda like these below (Heidleberg offset printing on art-grade paper), sandwiched between an embossed hardcover like you saw above.
Our Friends & Subjects
In the book, you'll see a lot of this guy. This is Frank Gonzalez. We became friends early on. Apart from being a pretty stellar surfer, Frank is a true craftsman. Seeing him make a surfboard out of a refrigerator door is a true testament to the resourcefulness of the Cuban people in the face of scarcity.
You'll also see Yaya Guerrero, another friend of ours and a powerhouse of a woman. Yaya is at the forefront of the surf movement in Cuba, aiming to legitimize the sport.
Where to Explore
You'll get our insight to our favorite hot spots in Havana and far, far beyond.
Artwork by Allison Kunath
We partnered with the incredible artist Allison Kunath to create 15 original line drawings to compliment our photography, inspired by our travels in Cuba. Her artwork in the gif above shares the hand signals you'll need to hail a local route-taxi in Havana.
Photo workshop and dinner
Thanks to our friends at Firewire, we're offering one lucky backer the opportunity to score a brand new surfboard just for picking up the book! Everyone who backs our project at the book level or higher will be entered into a random drawing within a week of the campaign's end date. Every level above Explorer gets an extra entry. The winner will have the chance to choose any board 6'6" or shorter from their site and have it shipped anywhere in the US! Good luck!
SHARE THE LOVE & GET A POCKET GUIDE!
If you pledge one of the above and share the project on Facebook or Instagram, we’ll send you a custom made Field Notes style travel handbook full of our best tips and insider maps for experiencing Cuba. Just be sure to include a clickable link to TheCubaUnknown.com and tag us @Makewild. Here's a sample post to get you going:
“Stoked to support a project my friends at @Makewild have put together - if you’re looking for a unique Christmas gift or something for the surfer/explorer in your life, go pre-order your own! TheCubaUnknown.com”
Risks and challenges
We've spent many long nights preparing to bring you the best campaign we could. The book is being printed and we have a *guarantee* from our printer that copies will be delivered to our headquarters before the end of this campaign (leaving plenty of time for shipping by Christmas).
There's still the possibility of weather delays, production malfunctions, or other unforeseen circumstances, but we're 98.5% confident it'll be to ya with plenty of time to get wrapped and under the tree. We're even guaranteeing it - $$ back if it's not*!
* You need to complete the survey right when it gets to you, no later than Dec. 8th at the latest to qualify for shipping by Christmas.
☑ Postcards - designed & printing in November
☑ Thank you's - printed & delivered
☑ Companion book - designed & printing in November
☑ Prints - edited for printing in November
The film is a work in progress. We've committed a whole lot of our own time and money to getting it finished and delivering.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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