Skateboard used by Jack Smith to skate across America

Description (Brief)
This Proline model skateboard made by Roller Sports Inc. was ridden by Jack Smith in 1976 as he skateboarded across the country with a few of his friends. Jack Smith began skating in 1974 and entered his first contest, the Bahne-Cadillac/Del Mar Nationals, in 1975. On a whim the next year, he and a few friends decided to skate across the country and he has made the trip three other times since. It took only 26 days in 1984 and in 2003 he skated again but this time for a cause, “Skateboarding Across America on Board for Lowe Syndrome.” Smith’s son was diagnosed with this genetic disease and passed away in 2003 so to raise awareness he and three friends took a month to make the trip. The fourth trip across the country took place in 2013 with his son, Dylan and a few other skateboarding devotees. “Skateboarding Across America to End Alzheimer’s” was to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s which Smith’s father had passed away from that May. Smith still skates today and, with his wife, currently runs the Morro Bay Skate museum in Morro Bay, California.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Smith, Jack
Physical Description
plexiglas (overall material)
urethane (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 4 in x 5 3/4 in x 25 in; 10.16 cm x 14.605 cm x 63.5 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Sports & Leisure
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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