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?

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Moving on...

I have learnt two things this week. One, that however often people tell me to eat more I just can't summon the energy to go downstairs and make some toast. And two, that I should never, ever, answer the phone having just been holding a runny egg and bacon sandwich. For the foreseeable future I will be chatting away merrily to someone in a different part of the world, and then realise after the handset has been returned to its cradle that I have yellow on my ear.

But, I always try to make a positive out of a negative situation. And besides the obvious light that shines down on a 27 year-old WHO IS STILL LEARNING, my cat Kiwa will now enjoy a tasty snack everytime I've been on the phone.
She likes licking my ear, it's how I wake up in the morning.
I haven't trained her to do that, by the way.

I'm in a bit of limbo. I flew back to the UK one month ago. Since then some good things have happened. I read about something called an AquaSkipper, and then decided I was going to go for a world record on it. When I started I was rubbish. and then, worryingly, I continued to be rubbish. But the local swimming pool in Swansea has given me a warm, calm environment on which to bounce this brilliantly odd contraption around in, and at the end of my second session yesterday I was finding my rhythym. The AquaSkipper, or more precisely, it's motion, has given me a new fun project to work on at the same time as I deal with everything else - which I am about to explain below. So, before I move on to the other stuff, I would like to welcome you to BounceFree! I have a BounceFree related blog at, and the BounceFree website is currently resident at I'm very excited about all of this, by the way, and I hope the videos and diaries make you chuckle. Ultimately, I'd like to do something extraordinary on the Aquaskipper, in time for Comic Relief 2008. Middle of March. I have a year to be a world champion. Sound familiar?

So, when I'm not bouncing, what else am I doing? Reading and writing, I am. Said Yoda. The BoardFree story is forming on paper, or at least on a screen, and to focus my efforts on the written word I've created a little reading haven in my study, which separates me from other distractions like internet and playstation and cameras and cats. Although I lied about the cats bit. Kiwa in particular enjoys my reading haven and tends to spend an awful lot of time on my lap, when I'm in there. As soon as I know when the book will be unleashed (I prefer 'unleashed' to 'released', it sounds more spectacular and might set it apart from other, more timid book releases) I will let you all know.

What else. What else? Oooh, I'm a company director! Sat on a plane in Altenberg, Germany, I prepared for take-off with the realisation that still less than two years after I stepped onto my first skateboard, I now have a good hand in taking forward rollsrolls, the marvellous company that created Elsa, my board of choice for UK and Australian journeys. Now, you might be a little unnerved to find that a company director is capable of saying, or indeed writing, the word 'Oooh.' Please don't judge me. I can't quite explain this longboard thing, it's a wonderful feeling rolling along, carving left and right down a hill. There were times in Australia when I was speeding along and quite uncharacteristically felt the urge to yell out 'Weeeeeeeeee!!!' Seriously, I actually said 'Weee', and I'm quite sure I'll be saying it again in the near future. I now have the job of marketing rollsrolls boards to the whole world, so watch out.

This Saturday the first of many public talks will occur at the TNT Travel Show near Covent Garden (see events at for details). On and off for the rest of the year I'll be travelling around the UK and Australia telling people how it is possible to do anything, and that the best reason for them to do anything is to be happy. I will share stories from the road, tell people about big blisters and dodging snakes - and undoubtedly as the tour goes on and people become more and more interested in how I managed to battle an army of snakes with just a skateboard and a water bottle, the whole scenario will get a bit exaggerated. That's just what happens after you've had to live for two years with a blister the size of a small country enveloping your foot. If you are in London this weekend please come along. You can even bring a book if you're not interested in the talk, but it will make me feel better to have at least one person sat there in a crowd of lonely plastic seats.

Right, I'm off to read some more in my haven and mull over the concept of AquaSkipping at the same time, I'm sure. Thanks for reading...and oh! I forgot to say, the site is now offline and we raised a huge sum of £19645.39 for Link, Lowe and Sailability, and this total will be added to by other people skating for BoardFree this year (see Sam Benson's epic European trip on and also by donations from book and DVD sales, hopefully.


  • At 6:49 pm, Blogger shashank said…

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