Thursday, February 29, 2024

Man from Oviedo who brought back to his homeland what he discovered in the

Enrique Casares Candebat (Oviedo, 53 years old) is a businessman dedicated to active tourism and on the board of directors of the sector association, Ataya. He is a pioneer in the discipline of paintball, with a playground in Candamo that he has been operating since 1992, and he has diversified into other equipment. In the same council, he launched the Hotel Casona Cuervo in 2008, in a restored rural palace. With the grandfather lawyer of Pravia, son of the architect Enrique Casares and the doctor Fedora Candebat, he has three sisters and a son, Quiquín, 10 years old.

This week he had just started the snow season, and when he went up to the top floor of the Gil de Jaz cafeteria where we met, he took a rather difficult step. An insignificant destruction of the fibers aims to shake a rotund constitution in which the fast teenager who jumps, throws, and waves continues to nestle. He was the child who also saw the vision game when he closed his eyes, looked into the distance, and returned to the same road in the summer of 1986. That was the year he studied at BUP in South Carolina and brought the first roller skates to Oviedo.

They were rollerblades, where he went down like a madman in front of the Reconquista, entered Campo San Francisco, took a bus, and left a surprise when he got up. “People applauded me.” He did not skate as a team, but his hobby brought him together with the local skate community, asking for the first U.S. It took him many hours to replace the broken axle, assemble and disassemble it, and mount those SKF bearings.

The American experience has always been in the head of his mother, Fedora Candebat, a Cuban gynecologist and obstetrician, trained in Madrid and Liberia, built in Oviedo with her husband, Enrique Casares, an architect, and nostalgic for world-of-color television. and large highways where it is easy to imagine him driving with his Dodge 3700 and his four children.

That’s why Quique spent many summers in the United States, after the first starting trip, where he celebrated his ninth birthday at Disney World and received his baptism of speed and vertigo at Wet’n Wild in Orlando, then the biggest wave and slide park in the world.

Years later, when he returned to Spain, went through Cisneros in Madrid, played rugby, and returned to the USA to continue his studies in business, he discovered there, not far from St. Louis, Missouri, where he is based, but now located in the state of Illinois, a field of paintball, a discipline that flourished in America in the eighties and began to colonize the old continent. So it was not surprising when a friend in Oviedo told him about the game of shooting projectiles with paint that an acquaintance opened in a field in Ireland. Military service interrupted his business career on the other side of the Atlantic, but that coincidence opened up another playground for him. He ended up keeping the Candamo farm and the third company dedicated to paintball in Spain.

Practicing paintball at his Candamo field, LNE

He remains ambushed by the plans and the territories, with a rural hotel that he restored and launched amid the crisis of the same council and where he cultivated a marked Astur-Cuban hospitable gene. From there, he says that he feels the Nalón and the Narcea as if they were the Tigris and the Euphrates, a flow of possibilities and wealth; however, Asturias’ loss of opportunities hurts him. Sometimes he puts on his skates to go out with his son Quique, and, although his parents, Enrique and Fedora, died a decade ago, he does not miss them: “Now they are with me all the time.”

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