Born in October 1979 Dave Cornthwaite led a peripatetic childhood, which later encouraged considerable wanderlust. Preferring writing and travel to studying, he edited his University newspaper for two years and regularly hitch-hiked to Morocco for charity.
In April 2005, two weeks after first stepping onto a skateboard, Dave quit his job, founded BoardFree, a charitable initiative designed to raise funds and awareness for three handpicked charities, and started to plan two journeys..
Between April 31st and June 2nd 2006 Dave pushed a rollsrolls longboard from John O'Groats to Lands End, becoming the first person to skate the length of Britain. On January 22nd 2007 Dave completed his second journey, his "Everest", which took five months and a world-record 5823km to skate from Perth, in Western Australia, to Brisbane on Australia's east coast.
Later in 2007 Dave formed BounceFree, which revolved around a human powered hydrofoil called an Aquaskipper. In September '07 he broke the British speed record, having been made the 'face of Aquaskipper.' His Mum was very proud.
In early 2008 Dave's first book, 'BoardFree', was published, leading to a couple of tours which established Dave as a motivational speaker. BoardFree's success gave a helping push to countless other skaters who went off and warmed up the tarmac on behalf of their own charities, and Dave has since set up This Is Your Freedom, a website designed to help ordinary individuals achieve extraordinary things.
In 2009 Dave has been polishing off his second book, 'Confessions of a Temporary Serial Dater', as well as learning to kayak, canoe and stand-up for a brand new adventure project called The Great Big Paddle which, yes, you guessed it, involves some big journeys on water, with paddles. As a consequence he now spends a lot of time in Wiltshire on his training home/ gorgeous narrowboat, Aslan, and has set up office nearby with the wonderful Family Adventure Store.
Find out more about Dave's ongoing projects at www.davecornthwaite.co.uk