Model loses hair from stress, inspired to skateboard from LA to NYC

Posted at 3:03 PM, Jun 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-07 15:50:15-04

(PIX11) – The vast distance between Los Angeles and New York City: you’ve heard of people flying it, driving it, biking it and even running it. But has anyone ever skateboarded from Tinseltown to The Big Apple?

Body builder, actor and model Kevin Kreider decided to fulfill his childhood dream of skateboarding cross-country after losing his hair to alopecia areata, or stress-induced hair loss.

“Being a model and an actor, you’re very appearance-based. That’s all I knew,” Kreider told the World-Herald. “To lose it all in two weeks was very life-changing for me.”

(Photo: Myspace)

(Photo: Myspace)

Kreider, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, is currently based out of NYC. He began his journey on April 15 and is making stops in Salt Lake City, Mount Rushmore and Norfolk, along the way.

“Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve wanted to go cross country, and I’ve always wanted to skateboard,” he told the Herald.

Kreider’s travels are being filmed for a cross-country documentary called Kevin And His Skateboard by his friend Rocky Chow. A description for the project on their Indiegogo site reads:

On this social experiment, Kevin will be the “stranger” that Americans will meet, take a photo with, share a meal, or offer a place to sleep for the night, all in discovering the heartland of America.As part of this journey Kevin hopes to find out what it means to be Asian American and have dates with women in rural America who perhaps have only experienced stereotypes of Asian men to find out what they think of interracial dating.