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 took yet another trip across America in the summer of 2018, this time going solo. Smith was riding an Inboard Technology electric skateboard and the journey from Mountain Home, Idaho to Washington DC, all 2394 miles of it took 45 days. Smith still skates today and, with his wife, currently runs the Morro Bay Skate museum in Morro Bay, California.

Date Made: 1976

User: Smith, Jack

Location: Currently not on view

Name Of Sport: skateboardingWeb Subject: SportsLevel Of Sport: Amateur

Subject:

See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure, Skateboarding, Sports & Leisure

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2013.0161.01Accession Number: 2013.0161Catalog Number: 2013.0161.01

Object Name: skateboard

Physical Description: plexiglas (overall material)urethane (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 in x 5 3/4 in x 25 in; 10.16 cm x 14.605 cm x 63.5 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-e1c1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1445842

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