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Electric skateboard controller used by Jack Smith during his 2018 solo ride across the country

Electric skateboard controller used by Jack Smith during his 2018 solo ride across the country

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Electric skateboard controller used by Jack Smith during his 2018 solo ride across the country is black plastic. This was used to control the speed of the skateboard and Smith would hold this in his hand during his ride.
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
controller, skateboarding
electric skateboard controller
date made
2018
User
Smith, Jack
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 1/2 in x 3 in x 1 in; 13.97 cm x 7.62 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
2018.0237.02
accession number
2018.0237
catalog number
2018.0237.02
subject
skateboarding
recreational
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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