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?

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Global Positioning: BoardFree Style

Hot Cross Buns Eaten: 3
Oranges Eaten: 1
Bowls of Porridge Eaten: 1
Successful support vehicle sponsors: 0

My alarm rings at 7:20. Four beers last night. It was a celebration. Arthur Hendey, longboarding pensioner and recent hero of the BBC's Strictly Dance Fever, won a local playwriting competition. The man is 71, and it's a pleasure to be his friend. Talent doesn't say enough.

There's no sign of the cat licking herself at the end of my bed. Must be too early. Crawl, literally crawl towards my contact lenses. Sponsored by Acuvue! Downstairs Elsa has been prepared, she lies in the middle of the lounge. Sam's been busy already. Last night I made a pact with Sam, housemate and bluesy singer, that if he sorted out food for me everyday then I'd buy it and he can have some. Easily persuaded. He's skinny, I'm skinnier, need to rectify that. And he wants me to lift weights so I tone up. I'm a bit worried about his intentions.

Dan's light comes on. He's coming with me and Sam on an early morning skate. I'm sure I can hear him cursing because we made it up this early. Ten minutes later Sam hands me two plates. Yoghurt and Twix on one, a sliced orange and hot cross buns - toasted, not microwaved - on the other. I'm happy with the situation.

The headwind to Mumbles is strong. Dan is skating on Little Elsa, I'm on Elsa, sponsored by rollsrolls! Sam's on a bike, he's lazy. This is the first run that I fully track on a new global positioning unit, sponsored by Garmin! Takes 38 minutes of skating to get to Mumbles. Quick drink and back again. We lost Sam as we came into town. He started talking to strangers. Never take him anywhere. He has our keys. We wait outside the door for 10 minutes. Here he comes, huffing and puffing. Tried to be clever and circumnavigate us by cycling around the marina. The lock gate opened and he had to wait. Here's the journey stats...

Miles travelled: 11.4
Moving Time: 1 hr 12 mins
Maximum Speed: 22.8mph
Moving Average: 9.4mph

It's only just past midday now. Xavier Rudd hums in the background. On a CD, the real Xavier is in Australia. Have a meeting in an hour or so, documentaries all over the UK in student unions, hopefully. Letters have gone out to potential camcorder sponsors, fingers crossed. Will update later.


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