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Morro Bay Skateboard Museum owner ready to skate across America

Thomas Wilmer

Skateboarding has a long and complex history.

It has evolved from a little known hobby, practiced by California teenagers in the 1970s, to a popular international sport. 

Today Central Coast resident, and retired skateboard champion, Jack Smith showcases that rich history at the Morro Bay Skateboard Museum.

Established in 2014 the museum has relics from all of the great ages of skateboarding, from 1920s scooters, to the world’s second largest skateboard.

Correspondent Rebekah Nolan talks with Mr. Smith about the history of skateboarding and his plan to skateboard across the country for the fourth time this September.     

Credit Thomas Wilmer
World's second largest skateboard on display at Morro Bay Skateboard Museum

Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.