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, January 22, 2007

The big morning

It’s 06:45 on Monday 22nd January 2007 and the phone has rung seven times this morning. In ten minutes I give my first interview, and it doesn’t look like there’s going to be time to go to the toilet then until half nine.

Next door the team are spread out on mattresses like a parade of homeless, and I wonder if their dreams are permeated with mock-up phone calls, because surely they can hear the ring tone through the wall, again and again and again. We’re all very sleepy, it’s time to wake up.

Coffee, Cereal. Kate takes two calls when she’s pouring her milk. In six hours, if all goes to plan, BoardFree Australia reaches its climax. How do I feel? I don’t know how to feel – excitement, sadness. I feel kind of empty and unsure – how did we get to Brisbane so quickly? The joy of it all is slightly tempered by our fundraising total. Perhaps $120,000 was a big ask, but with the attention the journey has received I don’t think it’s been unrealistic. We currently rest just over $40,000 - although the finishing line approaches there’s still an awful lot of work to be done.


  • At 11:02 am, Blogger Laura said…

    Proud to be the only other person on a Rolls Rolls out there with you today, Dave. You've turned my hopes from far away dreams into a beautiful reality and I can't thank you enough. Boardfree has become my way of life and I'm so happy for you and the team, my new friends. May the rest of your endeavours bring you the success we all saw you find today, and if you ever need a sidekick in the know where to find me. All the best mate, from the little one down a basement below you in Brissie xxx

  • At 11:55 am, Blogger funkydragon said…

    Congratulations Dave! One hell of an achievement and some amazing memories I bet.

    This congrautlations comes from everyone @ Funky Dragon who are the people in the office below BAM in Swansea.

    We have our own website and there will be a posting about your amazing trek and a link to your charities and website for you.

    Enjoy some rest and we hope the blisters heal soon!

    All the best, Everyone at Funky Dragon x

  • At 12:34 pm, Blogger Badger Madge said…

    Well done Dave. Don't stress about the target. I still owe you £20 and you'll get loads after all the publicity afterwards.

    So proud of you and your faithful team. Am telling everyone in the office what you've done and they think you're a mad man!

  • At 1:21 pm, Blogger Pig Dog said…

    Congratulations on crossing Oz!

    Amazing! Hope you get all the money for charity you're aiming for - especially with all the publicity you're getting in both Australia and the UK! The story has been on Radio 2 news constantly today...

  • At 1:30 pm, Blogger Andy and EmmaTrenier said…

    Well done Dave,

    Total will go up- youre on hourly news on bbc now which is how Em and I heard on our houseboat in Oxford!

    Will pop in some more cash when paycomes in on Friday too.

    Well done too. Be in touch

  • At 7:06 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just heard on CBC Canada that you have done it!!!! Well done!!! If the news is correct you have done one heck of a job - ALL OF YOU. You have gone beyond the wall - I have utmost admiration for the efforts you all have put forward.
    Time to celebrate the blessings in our lives Dave.

  • At 7:35 am, Blogger sk8traveler said…


    This is Mark.
    From Taiwan, I am a guy who loves to do long distance skateboarding too...
    Well.... I am really wish that i can see You in kenting Taiwan... in my country!
    Wow... wish You lucky all the way!

    ~ Ming Fang Tung ~

  • At 2:13 am, Blogger boardfreebecki said…

    Dave, you've only gone and bloody done it. I'm so proud of you and everything you have achieved, I know its not always been easy, but I hope you are proud.

    Thank you for all the experience, the laughs, the tears, the water polo, the spam comments, and the funtimes.

    Love always, Beccles.

  • At 1:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Congratulation Dave.

    I write about you:


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