Skateboarding Across America 2003
Air Force Brat is leader
In Spring 2003 four skateboarders from around the country will
set a world record when they push skateboards almost 3000 miles from Oregon to
Virginia in a little over three weeks. The world record skateboard attempt will
be a way to draw attention to a rare disease called Lowes Syndrome that
currently afflicts the son of one of the skateboarders. Jack Smith, leader of
the trek across the U.S., has a 14-year-old son, Jack Jr., who was born with
Lowes Syndrome. Jack Jr., lives in Colorado with his mother and brother is in
the final stages of Lowe Syndrome.
"My son has been an incredible inspiration to myself and many
others, whose lives he has touched. This is my chance to pay him back for all
that he has taught me".
Smith, an Air Force Brat, who grew up on radar sites throughout
the United States, set the world skateboard distance record nearly twenty years
ago along with friends Paul Dunn, Bob Denike, and Gary Fluitt when they
completed the transcontinental skate in 27 days. "This time it will be a lot
harder" Smith said "we're all in our 40's now, we have jobs and families, and
pushing a skateboard 150 miles a day isn't so easy on old bones".
The team is currently seeking sponsors for the trek. All
proceeds generated from pledges will be donated to The Lowe Syndrome
The cross-country team consists of Jack Smith, Jeff Reynolds,
Paul Dunn and Gary Fluitt. Jack has made the crossing twice, once in 1976 and
again in 1984. Longtime friends Paul and Gary joined him on the 1984 trek. The
1984 trip raised $15,000 for The Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The trip will be documented by a film crew for possible cable
If you are interested in becoming an Official Sponsor please
Jack Smith phone