Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Skate boarding across America, not for the 1st time

Since 1976, Jack Smith has skated across the country, from Pacific to Atlantic, 4 times.

 in 1976, Jack, Jeff French, and Mike Filben made the the first transcontinental skateboard crossing in 32 days.

In 1984 Jack, Paul Dunn, Bob Denike, and Gary Fluitt broke the world skateboard distance record by skating across America in 26 days

In 2003, Jack,  Nick Krest, Scott Kam, and Josh Maready established a new world record of 21 days, as part of the Skateboarding Across America - On Board for Lowe Syndrome team. Lowe Syndrome

in 2013, they started on July 4th, with an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for Alzheimers research

July 17, 2013 Today started well and ended well...in between, let's just call it tough. Our breakfast tab was paid for by a trucker in Newell, SD. Guy didn't say a word. Just asked the waitress what we were doing. Then paid our bill and left. Cathy and the waitress cried. Good people in the Midwest.

Ended up in Gettysburg, South Dakota about 6:45. Earlier in the day we had received a phone call from a woman named Paula (turns out her aunt used to live in Morro Bay in the 1970s) from the Firehouse Diner in Gettysburg, she had heard about our trip from the local chamber of commerce. She told us if we made it to Gettysburg we had a free dinner waiting. And what a dinner it was...thanks Paula! As were about to leave one of the locals came up and handed us a $50 donation.


Jack Smith is the publisher of the Skateboarder's Journal, founder/curator of the Morro Bay Skateboard Museum

Marc Juvinall has skated across america twice, and set the one mile skateboard push record in 2011 and then lowered the record to 3 minutes and 46 seconds in 2012.

Colleen Pelech holds the womens record for skateboarding 167 miles in 24 hours.

Melanie Castro started competing in push races in 2010 and has never placed lower than third.


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