History

In June of 1976 Jack Smith and his friends Jeff French and Mike Filben decided to take on the challenge of skateboarding across the United States.  During the crossing they started a relay method they called “Leapfrog”. Where a support vehicle drops off the first skater and then drives up the road to drop off the second skater to start skating while waiting to pick up the first skater. Essentially the support vehicle is  leapfrogging each rider to keep them moving efficiently and consistent..  Little did they know but by taking on this endeavor essentially they became the forefathers to a sport now called Distance Skateboarding. 

The initial 1976 crossing was completed  in 32 days

In 1984 Jack Smith got together with Gary Fluitt, Paul Dunn and Bob Denike. With their Leapfrog method refined and an extra teamete they completed this crossing in 26 days. 

Jack Smith put together teams in 2003 to ride for his son who had passed away from Lowe Syndrome and 2013 for Alzheimer awareness.  The push was completed in 21 and 23 days respectively. 

 While Jack Smith was writing “With No Direction Home” a feature film script inspired by the 1976  crossings of America, he wondered how fast a relay team of modern Distance Skateboarders could finish the Crossing. Distance Skateboarding has had over 10 years of competitive racing and the athletes and skateboard setup have progressed radically in that time. 

Jack Smith decided to Crew a hand selected group of modern elite long distance skateboarders recreating the original route using the leapfrog relay method to establish a “Fastest Known Time” for the crossing. 

Beginning on June 20th of 2023, the four person team of Paul Kent, Miles Kipper, Andrew Andras and Rick Stubblefield. This team was hand picked due to their accomplishments in the Endurance Skateboarding world and are not only looking to complete the 3200 mile journey but to do it as fast and efficiently as an endurance athlete would. 

Rick Stubberfield– 57 years old he is the oldest of the team but comes with just as much energy and stoke as anyone. 

  • 2017- SkateIDSA Tour Champion 50+ Master Division
  • 2019- SkateIDSA 2nd Tour Finish 50+ Master Division
  • 2019- Miami 24hr UltraSkate 151.8 Miles completed. 

Miles Kipper -34 years old  Is the gentle giant/bruser of the Distance skateboard world, know for his dominate performances in the Clydesdale division (200lb+) 

  • 2022- Miami 24hr UltraSkate Clydesdale Course Record 240.9 

Paul Kent – 42 year old who took the sport by storm as it was starting up its competitions. Known for his “Long Treks on Skate Decks” films where he traveled via skateboard in Bolivia and Morocco. Paul took an absence from our sport for a few years but it’s great to see him back and in the Distance Skateboard scene again. 

  • 2011- Seattle 24hr UltraSkate World Record 252.? Miles
  • 2012- Adrenalina Marathon record holder 1:32:?? 
  • 2013- Sk8 188 Challenge Course Record Holder HH:MM:SS

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