SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A San Diego neurologist who used to make big money traded it all in for a pair of skates.
You may not know the name Dr. John Kitchin, but chances are pretty good that you've heard of the Pacific Beach legend who goes by the nickname "Slomo."
"Once I start skating, it's like whoa, this is so much better," he said.
If you don't know who Slomo is, you're exception to the rule.
"Oh this guy is awesome, man," one resident said.
"He's got life and people figured out," another resident said.
In the 1980s neurologist. Dr. John Kitchin was the king of materialism. He owned a mansion, fast cars and his own exotic pet zoo. He says along with a meaningless life, his eyesight faded. And that's when he saw the light.
"I can't think of any other word for it that's better than 'robot.' I'd like to be my own person," Kitchin said.
He stopped working, sold his possessions and moved into a tiny studio at the beach, where he's now famously known as Slomo. Using his knowledge of neurology, Slomo believes the lateral motion from skating creates happiness and puts him in the zone.
We Skyped with Josh Izenberg, the San Francisco filmmaker who made the "Slomo" documentary that went viral.
"You know any film where you're spending half of your time in Pacific Beach on wheels in the sun, it's not a bad project to be working on," he said.
Izenberg says he was as intrigued by the teachings of Slomo as I was.
Nicole Haines works for Pepsi, and says Slomo's advice will help shape her career.
"I really like that he said do what you want to with your life," Haines said.
For the past 15 years, Slomo has skated four hours a day. He's called Slomo because when he skates he looks like he's doing it in slow motion, which is impossible to do.
Slomo says if you roll with life, life will set you free.