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About

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!) 

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. 

WHAT'S INSIDE

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.

OTHER REWARDS

Postcards

A pack of 10 unique photos from the book, presented in postcard format to send to your favorite explorers.
A pack of 10 unique photos from the book, presented in postcard format to send to your favorite explorers.

 Framed prints

Select your favorite photo from our recent show and have it printed on beautiful archival paper 12" x 18". These are limited, first-run signed and numbered prints. *delivered unframed*
Select your favorite photo from our recent show and have it printed on beautiful archival paper 12" x 18". These are limited, first-run signed and numbered prints. *delivered unframed*

 Photo workshop and dinner

Join us in LA for a two-day photo workshop. We'll treat you to a dinner on the beach (just like this one) and teach you some tricks of the trade from behind the lens. *Travel and lodging not included
Join us in LA for a two-day photo workshop. We'll treat you to a dinner on the beach (just like this one) and teach you some tricks of the trade from behind the lens. *Travel and lodging not included

 

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.

Reward-specific challenges:

☑ 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.

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