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 24, 2010

A Summer of Adventure

A little while since I've written here, but on the five-year anniversary of the day a Tierney Rides T-Board landed on my doorstep and prompted a swift re-evaluation of life, it's great to check over the shoulder just as a new career is unravelling into the future.

It has been over three years since Elsa rolled me into Brisbane, all tears and champagne and old men blocking the finishing line. I still love looking at the photos of all the Brizzy skaters charging down the crowd, a couple of them landing flat on their backs after tricks-for-the-cameras-gone-wrong. I didn't see the stacks with my own eyes, I was just around the corner, handing the project minicam to Simon Thorpe, the BoardFree cameraman, so he could film the finale through the tickertape.

For a while I couldn't quite connect myself to the guy who had pushed a skateboard across Australia. It took seven months to recover physically and more than a year to get the psychologicals back in order, but after that it was a case of bashing through the undergrowth of a strange new world. A career in Adventure? Really? Sure, why not? Skating acrosss Australia 'wasn't possible' either, remember?!!!

So, fast forward. Most of my ramblings these days are on and this summer there will be plenty to catch up on. I'm working on a book about last winter's source to sea expedition along Australia's Murray River and the first bricks of foundation are being laid for next Spring's Stand Up Paddle journey between London and Africa - all as part of

Before then, though, a couple of smaller Stand Up Paddle journeys, one around Lake Geneva with Sebastian ( Terry and another across the UK from Bath to London. Then in July I'll be shooting over to Peru for an 8 week job, looking after almost 200 Adventurists as they set off over the Andes en route to Ascuncion in Paraguay riding on three-wheeled mototaxis. Genius.

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