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?

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Shooting with Snapper

I'm getting frustrated with myself. Good intentions aside, I just can't find the time to do these blogs as frequently as I should. Almost a week has passed since Snapper Holly and her fine man Nat turned up in Swansea. As expected, poor Holls was nose to the grindstone, clicking out hundreds of photos for the BoardFree cause, but we found time to sneak a Chinese (takeaway) into a pub and also go on the first (of hopefully many) communal skates around Swansea bay.

Then on Saturday to London I went to meet up with old friends and make some new ones. Xavier Rudd, the brilliant Australian musician was in town and along we went - three people short due to a boozy episode in Cornwall that involved a missed train. Never invite the band to a concert. A superb night, the first time I'd seen Xavier. Also the first time I'd felt like one Englishman in a room of a thousand Australians. Get used to it Dave.

The next day Jamez , a dude who tours with Xavier, joined us in Hyde Park and we talked for hours about the Australian BoardFree journey and longboarding and touring with a famous musician. I think plenty will come of that cold, dry-cum-rainy Sunday in the park.

So now it's Tuesday at 11pm. 18 days to go until I hit the road. Did an interview today. Skated to Mumbles and back and tested out a new GPS system Garmin had delivered this morning. Genius piece of kit, incredible to skate along and see how fast, how far, top speed, averages and totals. I'm a freak for stats.

So now the final straight is with us. Two weeks of emails, graphic design, mapping and...oh yes, training. And then, a fortnight tomorrow I leave Swansea with Becki and Dan and Holly. A 3 day drive to northern Scotland. All so I can take a month to skate all the way back again. Funny old world.


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