In the 1960s, an Air Force medic named Jack Smith made skateboards for kids on his base. Now, a half century later, his son also Jack Smith is skateboarding across the country in his fathers honor, raising money for the disease that devastated him.
It was sad and difficult to watch, Smith, of Morro Bay, said about his fathers battle with Alzheimers. My dad had a very sharp mind.
After ceremoniously leaving Morro Bay Thursday, Smith and four other skaters headed to Oregon, where they will officially launch their three-week relay trek to New York City. Smith, who publishes the Skateboarders Journal and owns the Morro Bay Skateboard Museum, has skateboarded cross-country three times in the past, once to raise money for Lowe syndrome, which claimed the life of his son, Jack, in 2003.
The trip will cover 3,000 miles on a straight shot from Newport, Oregon. A van will follow the team relay.
Youre going so slow, you see everything, Smith said.
Smiths online journal of the trip, with photos, will be featured at sanluisobispo.com.