The Why Not? Blog

At the tender age of 25 Dave started skateboarding. 14 months later he became the first person to skate the length of Britain. Another 8 months on he had crossed Australia on his board, breaking a world record & raising over £20,000 for three charities. Now, at 27, he's writing his first book, is a motivational speaker and a businessman, and he's only just gotten started on a lifetime of challenges which from the outside look just darn crazy. So, why? You know the answer, don't you. Why not?

Friday, March 31, 2006

Smoothie Does It: One month to go

The clock is ticking and the temperature is rising at BoardFree towers. Support is pouring in and taking numerous forms; verbal, written, product. At the moment it’s a bit like being Ewan and Charlie in episode one of the Long Way Round. People are giving us things and it’s exciting. Only yesterday did an unnamed drinks company send us a little package. Far be it from me to be interested in product placement, but I do like an Innocent Smoothie! Another sponsor I’m grateful to is ClicExtreme. They don’t half make some cracking sunglasses, but they’re also paying for our BoardFree leaflets, which myself and team distribute everywhere we go. Thanks Clic!

So, in a month I’ll be on the road, somewhere just south of John o’Groats. The nervous excitement is starting to tickle my feet and knees. The challenge ahead is enormous (all the more so because I don’t have any bearings yet!) and the more people who hear about BoardFree the more often I get told that I’m crazy. I’m starting to believe the hype, but at the same time am just becoming more driven than ever before. As the days go by the more extreme the task ahead seems but BoardFree is making people smile, strangers are commenting on Simon’s video which sits on the website’s homepage, donations are trickling in and publications want to cover this harebrained scheme.

We’ve also got a page on now. Housemate Sam has valiantly become BoardFreeLance and is sticking his tongue out at employment, and he spends goodness knows how many hours each day looking for potential ‘friends’ to add to our growing online internet community. Meanwhile Dan is now working in a local pub earning some much-needed cash, Beccles is on the last leg of a stressful few weeks at work and our very own snapper Holly, also BoardFreeLance, is doing her bit from the south coast. Simon, currently in the middle of producing a film in Cornwall, went snowboarding last week. Everyone’s happy! Here’s to a good month.


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