Skate Across America 2003
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 Lowe 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 Lowe Syndrome. Jack Jr. who 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, along with friends Paul Dunn, Bob Denike, and Gary Fluitt set theworld skateboard distance record nearly twenty years ago 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 generatedfrom pledges will be donated to The Lowe Syndrome Associationwww.lowesyndrome.org. 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.