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?

Monday, October 02, 2006

Ceduna: The end of an adventure, the beginning of another...

Ceduna is a small town, population 3000. Had we followed schedule and skated just that tiny bit slower along the Eyre Highway from Norseman to Ceduna, we still wouldn't be here this time next week, and that would have been unfortunate, as this weekend in Ceduna is Oysterfest. Oysters a plenty, sure, but the expanded weekend population, swelling this small bayside town by over 6000, has added to our charity coffers.

But generous festival-goers aside, our heads are spinning with people, people, people. For two and a half weeks we have been rolling along the Eyre Highway, battling headwinds, 40 metre trucks and a very real sense of space. The Nullarbor Plain, which covers an area of 77,000 square kilometres and has almost mythically become the nickname of the entire expanse of empty country separating Western Australia and South Australia, is home to miraculous sunsets, endless skies and devilishly straight roads.

Crossing the Nullarbor has been on our minds for months, for some of us over a year. Images of the spinal Eyre Highway running parallel to the nibbled coastline of the Great Australian Bight both awed and scared us. Now, having skated those roads and beaten the obstacles - descriptions of which filled warning messages sent to us before the journey - in our way, there is a real sense of achievement surrounding our efforts since Perth. I may have just become the first person to skateboard across the dreaded Nullarbor, but I couldn't have done it so smoothly, so safely and so successfully without my team. Often camping in the wilderness, surrounded by the ever-constant threat of poisonous snakes and spiders, we've been a team through and through. Becs and Bev sorting the food, Dan and Kate always keeping me safe on the roads, Si and Dim filming everything and more, Holly snapping as she does best. Almost 2000km down now, back on the road in the morning and heading for Port Augusta. It might take us ten days, it might take us six. Who knows what's coming next, this adventure has taken a fair few turns already (except on the 90 mile straight leading to Caiguna!) and we're not quite a third of the way there yet. Keep watching, this isn't quite as singularly dull as some people might think.


  • At 11:56 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Dave and team, you are all doing an incredible job and I am sure it has been a learning process for you all. When we look at nature and the land you are skating, we cannot be more humbled, it certainly puts things into perspective - that there is a greater purpose in all our lives. God bless, keep safe and keep on trucking.

  • At 10:16 am, Blogger Bam Bam said…


    *Dances around like a man possessed!*


    Glad to hear you guys are all ok, bout time you popped your heads up and said hello again! Keep it up dude!



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