North Carolina native John Kitchin, better known as Slomo, is gaining fame beyond the reaches of San Diego’s Pacific Beach boardwalk.
He’s the subject of “Slomo,” a documentary about his decision to ditch life as a financially successful neurologist and spend his days roller-blading (often in slow motion) at the boardwalk.
Kitchin, 69, grew up on a dairy farm in Wake Forest and got his undergraduate degree at Duke University, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. He went to medical school at Emory University and later moved to San Diego.
“I’d say before Slomo, I became the typical, institutionalized, educated Western man,” Kitchin says in his North Carolina drawl at the film’s opening. “Frankly, I intended to work myself into oblivion and get old and die. ... But now, I experience myself like a tip of a great iceberg of consciousness.”
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The documentary by Josh Izenberg has won several awards at 15 film festivals, including Best Short Documentary at Austin’s SXSW festival in Texas.
Skating brings him joy, particularly on a spiritual level, Kitchin says in the documentary. Watch “Slomo,” a New York Times Op-Doc, to get the full story.