From the first week of the project starting up we received some incredible support from people all over the world. Thank you so much to everyone who wrote in, donated, sponsored us, helped on the road in the UK and Oz, organised fundraising events on behalf of BoardFree, you all made this possible. Here's a selection of messages we received over the years:
Dave, every time I think about your remarkable journey across Australia I am
reminded of the first email between us when you told me of your plans. I
remember thinking this guy has no idea what he's getting into, boy was I wrong.
You knew exactly what you were doing, your planning and execution was spot on. I
would also like to thank you for choosing the Lowe Syndrome Trust as one of your
charities, by your and other long distance skaters efforts the legacy of my son,
Jack Marshall Smith, lives on. I could never thank you enough for this.
With much respect,
Skate Across America 1976, 1984, 200
I'm Damiano, an italian student.
I'm your fun but how can you do your records?
If there were more people like you, the world would be better.
Write me soon.
I'm an italian student. My name is Giorgia.
My englih teacher told me about you. I think you're very cool and I admire you very much!
My friends practise skateboard but I'm going to start next week.
Hi Dave! I'm Giovanna an italian student.
I read a text who talk about you...I think you are the best with skateboard!!!!
But what is your next challenge??????
I'm a italian student,
I have read about you in a teacher's book!!!!
You're my hero and I think your challeng are fastanstic. Why did you start skateboarding? when you come in Italy? If you come,you'll go also to Vicenza?
Colin Fairbank, Montreal, Canada, Jan 2010
Andrea Baldisseri, March 2010
My name is Colin Fairbank, and I live in Montreal, Canada, and am 20 years old. Since falling in love with the sport of longboarding about five years
ago, I've been intrigued with the idea of doing some sort of
long-distance longboard trip. Being an avid reader, I found out about
your book on the Internet and ordered a copy. It arrived in the middle
of my Christmas holidays, and once I started reading it, I just
couldn't put it down. It was something to look forward to to read at
night, and it captured and maintained my interest throughout its many
pages. I just wanted to say thanks for embarking on such an incredible
journey, and more importantly, writing about it, so that young people
such as myself have something to be inspired by. Your story certainly
has inspired me to someday embark on a journey by longboard- to
discover more about myself and the world that I live in. I wish you
luck in your future endeavours!
I'm only 13 and I read your book, you have inspired me heaps and i watched your journey through news coverage and radio etc. I saw you skate on your Perth to Brisbane journey when you were going through Newcastle, i ran inside my house to get my board and come ride a little bit but by the time i got it, you had gone, anyway. Just saying youve inspired me heaps and sometime i want to skate a journey as well.
Rob Lewis - Dave, you are doing an amazing job. I was one of the four guys who recently finished the 8000km trip across Canada with the Push for the Cure. I know exactly what's going through your mind and how you body is feeling and I know it is incredible. I'm am always so proud to see the skate community making change. From Adam Colton to Rob Dyer to the Push to You, we are showing the world we can make a difference. As we rolled into Vancouver we had over 150 riders with us showing their support. It was the most emotional moment of my life. I hope/know that you will have that same experience. I wish you all the best. I also look forward to riding with you one day. Stay strong and keep those feet moving. The world is watching.
James Peters @ www.pavedwave.org - Dave! Congrats on all your rides and the energy you've spread worldwide. We'd like to synch up our next 24-hour ride with yours - I guess it will be the middle of winter here in the Northwest US, but we're kinda nuts like that.
Henry Widdicombe - Hi Dave, I was knocking about on the internet googling various people who I figured might be doing interesting things now and someone called Norris Magwerter said look what you've been doing!!! It's bloody amazing and I felt I couldn't not drop you a quick line to say well done mate, and congratulations on all your achievements. I'm just sorry I didn't google you last week and then I could have attended your talk at the Taliesin tonight. Brilliant, keep it up you mad, mad man.
Edward Lonsdale - Just thought I'd drop you a line to congratulate you on your enormous feat! Thanks loads for repying back in November to my message! I had rather lost track of your progress due to work commitments then suddenly saw you on Spanish TV!! Once again, well done to you and your team, you are indeed an inspiration!
adam and jake from mount pleasant year 5's - dear Dave well done you've finished we were behind you all the way! hope you enjoyed it and had a right laughth on that AMAZING!scateboard
John Houston - Just a quick note to say a HUGE "Congrats" on your achievement. You're an inspiration to many and have done yourself and your team proud. Hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Oz and I look forward to hearing more about the dvd. Well done and come back home safely!
Aaron and Min Musker - We are amazed! We've had people phoning us saying, “Your mate from Swansea is in the papers, we can't believe he's made it.” I told them back at the start that if anyone could then it would be you. Massive congratulations dude, make sure you soak up every moment. Big love.
Claudio G - Yahooo!!! (saying with Homer Simpson's voice) Congratulations from the Cumpa del Chinotto
James @ xavierrudd.com - WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...congrats from all your family here at the Xavier Rudd camp. knew you could do it mate, your a legend. rest up now, and enjoy it! wishing you guys all the best!
Graeme Biffen - congratulations mate... you're a legend!!! can't believe you actually made it, i'll be honest.. i had my doubts!!! incredible job though dude.
David Lyons - Huge congratulations to Dave and all the Boardfree team!! Top draw dude, an amazing achievement! Apologies this message is so late in coming. Just caught your clip on the BBC News website. You were looking good considering what you've just been through! Hope you're enjoying a much deserved rest. Take it easy. Much Respect
Doug & Jill Thorne - Hi Dave, Congratulations on your astounding acheivement to skate from Perth to Brisbane, all the best to you and your team for whatever the future holds for you all. It was a privalege to have met with Boardfree.
Calixto Garcia - Hi Dave ! In Spain we've just known on TV your incredible travel. We all want to congratulate you for achieving your goal and for the charity intention of it. We've put a new in frontpage of Spanish downhill longboard web (www.zonagravedad.com ) and we'll work to increase donations. Let all your dreams, and your roads, be downhill from here !! ;)
Sarah and Pete - congrats on completing your journey you all worked very hard!! very very impressed! bet u cant wait to chill out. thanks very much for the xmas lunch too it made our day. take care and we'll see u in the UK when we are back.
Sandra and Stuart McKinlay - Very well done Dave, cant believe the journey is over, be proud of yourself and your team for completing the journeys in both Australia and Britain, I hope the future holds good things for you all, with more adventures to come along lifes highway.
Jack Smith @ www.theskateboardersjournal.com - Dave, Way to go mate!!! I am absolutely amazed at what you have done. You are my hero. I will never be able to thank you enough for what you have done.
Donald Smairt - Many congratulations on reaching the end of your epic adventure! It's been exhausting sitting here keeping track of you, so lord knows how you must be feeling! I sincerely hope you'll put your feet up for a while before deciding what's next.....Trans America? Moscow-Vladivostok? Pole to pole? Give it a rest man!
Heather James - A huge congratulations Dave and gang, you are all amazing people and should be really proud of what you have achieved for your charities and for yourselves. What a challenge,you did it ! welldone! We have enjoyed following every minute of your adventure and had some great laughs along the way, aswell as seeing you all work so hard to achieve what you have! Im so proud and happy that through Bev we have got to know all about board free and the very special people involved. You are all amazing! Have a great time celebrating love heather, chaz, and joshua james
Lucy Barron - Hey you, fantastic stuff...many many congratulations in reaching Brisbane! Just watched you on News 24, as it snows outside! What a hell of an achievement and you're an inspiration to us all and such a role model! I've really enjoyed your amazing website and shall miss following you guys and reading your blogs and browsing through Holly's photos.
Alex Fuller - Congratulations Dave on your mammoth skate, im sure its been an amazing journey, what better way to celebrate than a chat with Eamon (on Sky News)! well done, enjoy a well earned rest.
Michael Stride @ octanesport.co.uk - Brilliant Dave. Your slalom buddies from London are dead proud of you. An amazing acheivement. (22.1.07)
Mark Keller - Yeah! Well Done all the team, I'm sure you could not have skated a mile without the fantastic bunch behind you. But remember Dave the whole thing was nothing without YOU skating everyone of those miles. No team riding in this effort! Don't measure the success of this thing in terms of money! Money is a terrible indicator of success. Think of the multiplying effect of all the attention given to each of your causes. Until boardfree I didn't ride a longboard, didn't know anything about Lowe Syndrome, Sailability or Link Community Development, now I'm riding my longboard around Sydney telling anyone who will listen about all these things! And I'm sure I'm only one of thousands. I, and my whole family have enjoyed every push of your journey, watching it evolve, link up with others and share the boardfree spirit. We even bought an Amazing Drumming Monkeys Video because of boardfree! In short, thankyou. Regards (red rollsrolls)
Ann Brennan - hello dave and team congratulations well done i knew you would do it1!!! that day we met you in cullompton i knew you could do anything.conor will be 18 in september and when he was diagnosed with lowes syndrome 17 years ago the prognosis was not good but he is still here enjoying swimming (after getting his plaster off at long last) enjoying panto(he saw peter pan ,alladin, soon to see old mother hubbard ,life is good)just to sum up everyone live life to their full capacity always as conor and all at boardfree do .thank you dave thank you jack smith for inspiring dave for this amazing journey .please donate to theese three great charities.
Chris Harris - Congratulations mate, I'm very proud of you and the whole team, well done. Not many people get to live the dream, legend!
Susan Schofield - Congratulations on your EPIC journey. You are a legend!. I look forward to your DVD coming out!
Craig Hayes - Well done Dave!! You have gone from a man with a vision to world record breaking inspiration. Everyday i get on my board and think about your amazing journey.I have followed BoardFree since before touchdown in perth and you will not have known it but had a good laugh and maybe had held back a tear or two while reading the blogs and looking at the gallery. Will keep it short cause you will have lots to do now. I just want to say that you are my hero.I will be getting a rollsrolls later this year, and coming to the uk as part of world travels and would hope to meet up for some sort of challenge! Congratulations! Look forward to the dvd and book!:)
John Brackenborough - Words don't begin to describe how proud we are of what you have achieved. We are over the moon for you, Kate and the rest of the team. We have just watched the Sydney video and, I think for the first time, fully understood the enormity of what you have acomplished both in terms of determination and physical endurance. We hope that tomorrow is everything you want it to be.
Sam Benson - Let me start with CONGRATULATIONS!You accomplished what you set out to accomplish.
You realized a dream and set about getting the job done, your efforts have not only affected and inspired the people around you, but hundreds of people the world over! You and your team are single handedly helping to change the world we live in, how many people can say that about themselves?. I for one know of a phenomenal amount of people that have been inspired to either get on a skateboard and actively get involved with their community, do a long distance journey of their own for charity or just get off their asses and look at life a little differently and realise their dreams and potential.
You truly are a man of great valour Dave. And i am deeply humbled and honored to have been one of those people you have inspired. You changed my life bro, and for that i am eternally grateful. I look forward to seeing you and the team in the very near future!
Jim Blaxland (Team Leader of a bunch of cyclists that met you crossing the Nullarbor) - Hi Dave,You have all but done it!! Fantastic effort ! I knew you had the willpower to complete your epic journey. Congratulations on a "Job well done" ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT ! ! !
June and David Blackburn - Dave & co: We're so proud of you! We will be opening the champers, you can be sure of that! We've laughed and cried on your momentous journey, and our hearts are full of emotion as you reach this tremendous goal. God bless you all for what you have done. We hope the world will take note and be inspired!
Neil Thompson - Dear Dave & The Gang, Just logged on to tell you that you made todays Daily Telegraph, but I see that your web site is ahead of me - so you must know that the 'Skateboard Wizard of Oz' covers most of page 16 with Dave & Elsa pictured in full colour. It was quite a surprise to be sitting at the dinner table and suddenly find you grinning back at me - but well deserved that you get some recognition because what you have all achieved is truely amazing. Hope the last few kilometres go OK and that there is a good turn out in Brisbane on Monday. I see from the paper that you are going to be met by British Consulate officials - hope they are not going to deport you or anything.
Robert Knox and the Broadwater boys - G'Day Dave, we met in Broadwater last week when you were travelling through and we got some pictures with you and the team. I hope the Australian sun isn't being too hard on you. Keep at it, you shouldn't be too far now. I can't wait to hear about you cross the finish line and I can't wait to hear how much you and the team have managed to get together for the charities. Best of luck for the last leg of the journey!
Allison Hope Knight - Hi Dave! I'm so proud of all of the skateboarding that you're doing to raise money for these wonderful charities. I hope to donate some money for the effort soon. I am very impressed with your ambition and enthusiasm! Keep up the good work! Happy 2007!
Lucy Barron - About a week until you get to Tweed Heads...then Brisbane is right there-ish...Keep on pushing....You're a legend! Big support from a country girl in the heart of Kent !
Dave Kinsey - Almost there buddy, your doing a great thing. There might be a knighthood in this for you, Sir David sounds good A).
Charlotte Hayes - Am glad to see that you are still as mad and adventurous as when we were in Uganda ! Am so impressed; you are a real inspiration. Look forward to seeing you when you get back.
Malcolm Bendrey - Hi my name is Zac I'm a skater from coffs. I saw you in coffs habour just when I was coming home from the skate park. I hope you raise lots of money. Best of luck.
Kevin McGrath - Man I missed seeing you in Sydney but it was really nice meeting you in Perth at the start of all this. I remember a photographer and cameraman pulled up behind me and started filming and taking photos of you and I was wondering what it was all about. Its very impressive that you've done all that you have. Keep going you're so close now!!!
Anon - Hi. How are you?? Do you remember me? I'm japanes boy. We met great Ocean Road!! I want met again. So Please teach me when you arrive to GC. We are waiting for you.
Nye Martin - Hi Dave. I'm stoked for you and will be ordering your DVD when it comes out! Well done mate!
Rachel Grundy – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! You've had an eventful few weeks but the time off seems to have done you good – not far to go now and a lot of road to look back on with pride. Keep your head up and stay positive and soon you'll be putting your feet up back in Swansea with a cuppa!
Kara Fisher - I tried to reduce the following message about 23 times so I could blog it…hopeless, couldn't do it. Just wanted to say your adventures have made me laugh, made me cry, have been my best book of 2006.
- Dave, G'DAY MATE! You flamin' galah, I just wanted to tell me how much you have delighted me/reduced me to tears over the last few months - I feel like I have been there with you in spirit every step of your incredible adventure, sans metal spike in my foot... You write BEAUTIFULLY. I was so proud when you made it into the London Metro and I almost told a whole (grumpy in the morning) tube carriage THAT'S MY FRIEND! Almost there (stone the flamin' crows), keep pushing, love to you, your fab team and your grapefruit x
Sarah Lewis - All I can say is that I am "well impressed" with your progress and have been eagerly following the trip via your multimedia extravaganza of a website. I hope you're feeling ok and positive about the final leg. Good luck and Godspeed.
Richard Pinckney - Very, very well done on your huge undertaking in Australia. Best of luck for the final slog and soak up the well deserved praise. Some friends and I cycled across the Alps last summer, which pales into insignificance in view of your endeavours, but it was awesome and I can empathise with your hard work. Best of luck for the remainder of your trip and happy new year.
Tom from the Czech Republic - Hi Dave, I met a lots of amazing mates during my journey in Australia, but you are really crazy. Be careful and succesful.
Vic Widman @ www.4wd.net.au - I have travelled all over Australia but am in awe of what you have achieved. Hope 2007 continues to be as successful. I am simply amazed at how good your website is, and how you keep it up to date with words, photos and video, who ever is looking after that aspect for you is worth their weight in gold. Happy New Year, you deserve a good celebration.
Lucy Barron - Keep going Dave! Not long now! Good luck..hope the foot is holding out ok !
Jack and Jenny McIntyre - Hey Dave. We met you on 16 Sep 120km east of Balladonia WA while travelling in our motorhome Magic Moments, we made small donation. We can truly appreciate the magnitude of your marathon jouney, having driven it its hard to comprehend your determination and sheer guts. We can only marvel at your achievement.
Ann Brennan - Hi dave and all congratulations on your world record, well done everybody. It was lovely to see Connor from Australia riding beside you and it was lovely to see Jack Smiths message, thanks for supporting lowes syndrome dave. Conor from Devon is well and keeping us all on our toes . His plaster is off hurrah! Santa came so life is good. Good luck for Brisbane ann and family.
Aly & Vinny - We have been following your incredible adventure via your website. Well done seems such a triv thing to say, but it is meant wholeheartedly, as Vinny and I are absolutely astounded by your continuous strength and determination. We know where you've inherited that from! Best Wishes and a Happy New Year to the whole team. Keep smiling and good luck for the last leg.
Mark Keller - Dave and team, It was great meet, congratulate and thank you in person at the big world record skate in Sydney. I was blown away by the team and yourself being so keen to chat to me about my red rollsrolls and it was great for me and my 3 year old son Harry to skate that last 2ks with all the crew. Harry kept asking where the emu was? He loved the racing Emu dare Dave video. Again thanks for getting me on a board. Life changing...really. All the best for the PUSH to Brisbane. Mark (red rollsrolls)
Adam Colton @ www.whoisadamcolton.com - I just wanted to say congrats on your trip. I am very impressed with the amount of money you raised, with your dedication to your cause, with your website, with your trip coverage...everything. Your team and yourself did a great job. I just want you to know that and I would be honored to take part in a skate trip with you in the future if possible. You guys rock. Sunshine and smiles.
Graeme Easton - To Dave and Dan, Best of luck on the remainder of your excursion around Australia . Don't worry about the reptiles north of the NSW boarder (Crocks) watch out for the locals LMAO!! Was great meeting both yourself and Dan for a short time, hopefully on your way back through Newcastle u can arrange for the entire team to come and I'll put on a BBQ for u all. It's a great cause, and I have to say, not met a really nice pair of guys as you two in some time. Keep the chin up guys and know u have our support in any way we can help.
Edgar Lujan @ www.quebecorworldinc.com - go ahead DAVE! SKATERS FROM LIMA-PERU MEDELLIN & BOGOTA - COLOMBIA, PANAMA CITY. we SUPPORT!!
Hannah Glibbery - Dave I am really proud of you, reading your last blog entry I was nearly reduced to tears. But its nearly Christmas and I know everyone you have met here and on your amazing journey are all behind you and support you. So I am raising a glass (well a cup of tea as I'm at work) to toast the board free team and to wish you all a fabulous and sunny christmas and a great new year and a toast to amazing journey! Good luck for the rest of your journey.
Terry - G'Day Dave & Crew Great to see you drop in at my work for a quick break in Belmont NSW today. My staff and I were happy to make a small donation for your charities. Push On.
Craig Hayes - Hi Dave, Big congratulations on the world record!! Its been a dream of mine to one day have a world record so the feeling for you must be totally amazing. WELL DONE!!:) I will try to do what i can to join in on the final part of the journey to bris, but after a unfortunate start i my travels im just starting to get back on my feet again. If i cannot make it i would love to stay in close contact with Yourself and BoardFree and hopefully join in on another venture in the future. What you have done is amazing and inspiring for many. Hope to see you and the team again soon.
Sam Benson @ bwboardfree.co.uk - CONGRATULATIONS DAVE!!!! Well done mate, we knew you could do it!
You're truly an inspiration to all! See you in January!
Donald Smart, Ladybank, Scotland - Dave Many many congrats on the record! You and your team are truly awesome.Just the small matter of making it to Brisbane now, then you can put those swollen feet to bed for a bit. All the best for the rest of the adventure, keep it going mate!
Dirk Gion @ Earthflyer - Hi Dave, congratulation so far. And you are still going on? How are your legs? Well done, here in Germany I am impressed. Stay safe and keep avoiding these big trucks, I wish you all the luck and some wind from the back.
Sheryl @ Kickback Cottages, Lakes Entrance - Hi Dave, hopefully you have broken that record. CONGRATULATIONS from all of us at Kickback Cottages. I know it's been a long hard road but how proud you must feel to have done it. Not far to go now and then you can let your body and especially those poor feet have a well deserved rest. I hope someone has a foot massage waiting for you in Queensland!!!!!!!!! Enjoy the day tomorrow and good luck for the rest of the journey. Can you please keep me informed about your DVD.
Gaz Way - Dave u legend.i thought stanwell mountain would test u. all the best. i was 1 of the painters that u meet at schourbarar[u no south coast] all the best gaz way
Pip Smith @ Africa and Asia Venture - Hi Dave you skating monster you!! Cannot quite believe you are nearly in Sid'ers!! Though in no doubt you can achieve this massive feat, reading your blogg and catching up with you it seems quite unbelievable that you have covered the KM you have and endured all that you have…Me thinks a light saver is on the cards young jedi. Enjoy Sydney and I send lots of winks and smiles to you.
Jack Smith - Congratulations!!! I'm so stoked for you. To know that you are doing this to benefit Lowe Syndrome has brought me to tears many times. Hoping to see you in January! Keep pushin'
Ann Brennan - We're still watching your progress. Well done .Hope your foot will make it .I'm glad you've met other Lowes syndrome families. It's been a long journey ,stick together .It'll soon be all over.You will have amazing memories of this forever .Conor is well ,his leg is still in plaster ,nearly 3 months now ,had the plaster off once back on again he's waiting for you to finish.!!!Enjoy the rest , enjoy the finish lots of luck Conor and family.
Jim Blaxland (Team Leader of the Perth to Sydney Cycle Ride) - Hi Dave,I am one of a group of 16 cyclists that met up with going across the Nullarbor on Wednesday 25th September (day 25 of your trip). I was inspired by your strong mental ability and capacity and the physical fitness that goes with those two things. I wish you well as you now tackle the hilly part of your journey and that your body will maintain its stamina and fortitude to get you to Brisbane. I know that with your strong mental willpower that you will do exceedingly well. I am keeping an eye on your website in the hope that I will be able to cheer you on when you arrive in the southern outskirts of Sydney. If I miss you, I wish well for the rest of your epic journey to Brisbane.
Carla Kuipers - You inspire me! I picked up my first long board while I was backpacking through Canada this last Summer 06. It literally was was love at first roll *sorry lame'o line*. I spent many days and late nights on the roads where I was living in BC Canada carving up the tar. I left Canada last September and travelled back to my home town of Australia with long board in hand. Without the free time and not having pals to go with unfortunately my board has not been out as much. This week I stumpled across your site this week and I must say I've been inspired. The board has returned to tar and I have once again discovered the freedom of the tarmac. Thanks!
Emilie Venables - Dear all, I've been meaning to write from hot and sticky Senegal for ages, well, since august, and am finally getting round to it...I just wanted to let you all know how much I am enjoying following your journey - i am so proud of you all - it must be hard spending all your time together, and it seems like you're coping amazingly. Your blogs are all a delight to read (yes, even Si!!) - I am slightly obsessed - damn Senegal and its reliable internet connection - I spend way too much time reading your stories and looking at photos of your trip! Thank you also for introducing me to the SheWee - it's made peeing in Africa so much easier! No more squatting over cockroach infested toilets - woohoo! Anyway, just wanted to send my support - i tell everyone i meet about you guys and the wonderful journey you're all making. Bon voyage - not long now 'til that world record!
Leah @ Port Campbell Visitors Centre - Hello Dave and the gang! Greetings from Port Campbell! Just letting you all know you are greatly missed and well thought of! You brought a fantastic vibe into our community, and are achieving amazing goals!
Shelagh Donegan @ Sale Specialist School - Dear Dave and Crew, Thank you for taking the time to stop over at Sale Specialist School before setting out on your trip to Bairnsdale today. It was great to meet you all and to find out about what you are doing. We were all just blown away by your achievements and plans for the rest of your journey. Many of our students did not quite understand the concept of skateboarding along a highway but those that did are still asking us questions. The dedication it takes to draw a team of strangers into a cohesive unit to attempt such a task is incredible along with the dedication of your team members to making things happen. The local Sailability guys, Neil, Kevin and Ross were thrilled with your generous donation and are already planning to look at new life jackets to suit some of our hard to fit students. They were stoked to see such support for all of the volunteer work that they do. Best wishes to all of you for the remainder of the journey, with an inspirational leader and a well organised and enthusiastic team we have no doubt that you will reach your goal and beyond. We hope you get to see a fair bit of our beautiful country along the way and enjoy Aussie hospitality.
Arvind - Hi Dave, My name is Arvind, and your brother bought his Aussie Dollars from me at International Currency Exchange at Heathrow Airport a few days ago. He was telling me all about your journey, the world record, and the charity you're doing this for. Great stuff mate, keep it up, and good luck!
Nicholas Mazzarella - Dave it was great to meet you all... Thanks again for what you are doing... It is great to see that some people still have some humanity left in them... Hope to talk to you soon.. I will be watching you! They guys can reach me here as well if they wish...
Cynthia Moretti - BRAVO, DAVE, BRAVISSIMO! GO, DAVE, GO! It's Cynthia here (your Italian textbook writer). I have been following you!!! And what can I say, you are pure inspiration! My "team" (editorial staff) and I, here in Italy , have been supporting you from the start! God bless you (and Elsa!)! Cynthia p.s. Remember you "promised" Italy in your last email! Thus, I must ask, after Australia , what could be more exciting than "Un Tour dell'Italia"?? Hannibal did it with elephants! Coppi and Bartoli with bikes! Schumi with the F1!!! And I know you can do it with "Elsa"! Imagine the thrills of skating past Estruscan tombs, "hanging ten" on Roman aqueducts, or doing an "ollie" on the Spanish Steps! Wherever you ramble in Italy , you are taken back to History! There's no escape; history is the backbone of our now; the basis of our future! Italy is waiting for you! P.P.S. May the road rise up to meet you and may the wind be always at your back!
Andy Biddulph - Hey my names Andy, am looking at doing the skate from John o'Groats to Land's End. I was wondering if it was possible to et some information about the journey. I wanted to know how you got the funding to pay for the journey and what kind of preperation you had to do physically and for the journy itself. I know you're busy crossing Australia and i respect what you are doing its amazing to see such ambition, you have been an inspiration to me and I would love to follow in your foot steps. Please contact back so that I can start making the preperatrion to undertake a journy that will change how I look at life. Much respect.
Dave's reply: Hi there Andy, Most of my preparation for BFUK was mental. Physically, if you're in decent condition and you're willing to go through some pain - and of course if your skate skills are ready for the big hills and the long road - then you're set. Ultimately the biggest test is a mental one. If you believe you're capable of reaching your end goal and you're sensible in your approach to safety on the road then there's very little that can stop you. A good support team always goes a long way to keeping you mentally strong, and after that all I can say is prepare well. To date a few people have begun preparations to undertake skate journeys on behalf of BoardFree and if you'd be willing to become another skater for BoardFree I'd be delighted. Let me know your plans, your proposed route and other relevant information and I'll help you along as much as I can. Appreciate your support Andy, good luck with getting ready for your journey. Go for it mate.
Edward Lonsdale, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal - Hi there Dave and the Gang! You are doing a fabulous job. All that effort solely for the benefit of others merits medals and glory beyond these messageboards. I follow your progress from Portugal and speak about your efforts to friends and family who wonder at you and your teams' strength. Keep up the good work!
Mel Renton - Hi there mate!!!! Been hearing about a uk guy skating aroung aussie thought I'd let you know just happened to pass you inbetween your travels Ocean Grove route outside safeway shops. gave you a toot toot cause I am stoked your doing it well done mate hope your having a great experience.......... Checked out your site and your going off.... Have a fab time hope your loving the country side not the weather in vicco though,it will get warmer and warmer as you go up.. Kind Regards have aball from a Ocean Grove Surfer skater Girl
Patrick Dolan - Hey hey, how are ya doin Dave your a inspiration dude, I hope alls goin smooth for ya and enjoying the ocean road, its more fantastic every day that your really doing this feat, and with such a noble intent you got my help at any time of the day,a legend in the making, keep up the great journey, I finally moved my ass out of adelaide to the west, you were making feel lazy, I hope bevs singing her heart out for you all, and badgerboy Ill be in touch, tell all I said hello and respect BO! "shine on you crazy diamond"
Asha @ skatefresh.com - Dave, My respect to you! When you gonna write the book? Cant wait to interview you when I get back, learn some of your techniques for focus and meditation (whatever it is you use).... Keep it up!
Alan and Sally Keenes - We are proud of you mate and wish you all the luck in your trip. The two poms who parked next to you al Eucla.
Bert Reay - Sailability Belmont 16s on Lake Macquarie NSW wish you well and a safe trip. We all thank you for the effort that you are putting in to raise money for our sailors in Australia Our branch sails 4 days a week 47 weeks a year and had 5000 people through our system in 2005 Good luck mate see you when you get here.
Adrian (Dan's dad) - Great to hear your toe is better and soon will be on your way! Keep sending all the smashing video clips and beautiful photos on the website. Bon Voyage to all of you!
Rae and Phil Poucher - Happy birthday Dave! Hope your foot is better - I'm sure the whole team is much better for the enforced rest. Looks like you're going great guns – keep it up! Very jealous of those golden tans (it's very rainy and miserable in
Tom Wingfield - Well done Dave! Your doing really well! Think about that scar for the grand kids! Thats commitment: blood, sweat, tears and shite! Keep going fella and get Norris McWerter ready for the finalé! Lots of love and thoughts.
Laura Evans - Hope everything is going awesome for you...been keeping up to date on your website, sounds like your having a great time!! Sorry to hear about your foot...sounds painful...still, a permanent reminder of what you will achieve!! Good luck with the rest of your journey, I'm sure you'll be brilliant!! Say hi to Elsa from me!!
Paul Sampson - Dave, really sorry to read about your accident. I've been very inspired by your journey so far and was lucky enough to see you on the UK journey, in Penzance . Everyone at www.middle-age-shred.com and www.oldmanarmy.com are pulling for you. These are both 'older' skateboarder's sites and what you are doing confirms what we know. That we're not too old! :)
Jessica Giles - dave how ya doing? love ya 2 bits! hope all is well and ya trainers are holding out? me hayely and her bro and are mate jess wish ya all the best, we know you will make it.
Brody and Matthew - Hello Dave and the gang, Just wanted to say hello. We saw you on the road when you were leaving Port Germain, we stopped with our mum to give you a small donation. Me and my brother have been following you on your web site, and we think you are doing a great job. I hope your foot is ok, what is it like to be on crutches? Where are you going next, are you going through the Riverland? we live in Glossop (between Barmera and Berri) well keep up the good work.
Lorna - hi, you are a hero! I am from China and I read your news in one of popular magazine here, so I visited you blog. Firstly, so sorry to hear you hurt your foot, take care dear. Secondly, as a Chinese girl, I do think, well, in the future when I become rich, I can have enough time and money to help other, but from your story, I know, I may change my mind.
Mr Houston and class 8IH at The Hurst School, UK! - Been showing my Tutor Group a bit of a run-down of your achievements and they've been captivated by your journey, always fascinated to see what's going on week to week. We were gutted to read today that Dave's bust his foot up.....so we're sending a GET WELL SOON message from the Hurst. Hope things are good with you all. Keep up the great efforts! Hope to see you all on your return.
Anon - You are never going to forget this. This is one of the best ways to see Australia , better than car. We walked across from Port Augusta to the Gulf of Carpentaria long time ago raising money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the best trip ever for me.
Lucy Barron - Having had a sleepless night and listening to the World Service, I heard your interview and just wanted to congratulate you on doing something so amazing! A fantastic thing to do for all of the charities and it must be extremely tough at times but also the most amazing time of your life. You are very inspirational and it makes me want to go and pick up a long board, although I'm 34 and quite sporty I think I'll fall flat on my face. Good luck for the rest of your journey and congratulations.
Chris @ IDare photography - G'day Dave and gang! Welcome to Adelaide . Congratulations on making it to your halfway mark. Its been a long lonely journey across the Nullarbor Plains for you so far so it can only get better from here. It was a pleasure to meet you and your passionate support crew. Good luck for the rest of your ride into the record books.
Mike Furst - Hey Dave.....the crew over at www.oldmanarmy.com wanted to say.....keep on.....keeping on brother. You are an inspiration to all of us!
Martyn & Lucie Paterson - My parents in the UK have just sent us the details of the project you are supporting in Australia – it sounds great, well done. And congratulations to Dave on tackling such a huge task. I bet about now you are starting to realise just how BIG Australia is. And how much of a challenge the vast open spaces really are. Good Luck with it all to Dave & to all your group.
Chris Beer - Dave, to me, is a pillar of strength, a very inspirational character, one I'll definitely use as a source of strength in my quest for gold at the 2008 ParaOlympics. First I've got to make the team!
Sally Thurlow @ Swansea University's Alumni Office - Hello Dave and the Team, Well done on the beach ball challenge! The photos say it all really – can't wait for the video. Just as well there was no wind, or there'll be Swansea University Beach Balls blowing around the Nullarbor! Great advertising - but not sure how many kangaroos want to study here…. You're making great progress. Keep up the good work!
Mrs Holland's geography class at Woldgate College , Yorkshire - Today in geography we have been learning about the population,climate and weather of Australia , through the last few lessons we have been keeping track of your progress and we think your doing very well. We are all going to make a donation online for you soon. We also have a question for you: have you seen any animals that you wouldn't find in the uk ? Good luck on the rest of your trip.
Reply: Hello everyone! We are all in a place called Wudinna, which is in South Australia about 200km south east of Ceduna along the Eyre Highway, which is such a long road that it is longer than England and Scotland put together. We have been travelling a long way each day and today we saw two snakes on the road, one was small - about the size of two pencils put together - and the other was really big, about six foot long and as fat as your wrists! We've seen other animals like kangaroos and wombats and lots of beautiful birds, especially plump red Galahs! Two weeks ago we visited the ocean and saw lots of whales too, they were resting before beginning a long journey to the south pole. I hope you're all enjoying our journey and look forward to hearing from you again, learn well! From Dave and the team in Australia
Madge - Wow, Dave! You've done miles! Well done! I'm checking your progress every other day from my desk at work (snore!) and thinking of you and your team and your big adventure. Not long to go now (!). Keep on pushing.
Sara el Hanfy - You made the Sun this morning! Hoorah!
Sian Davies - Congratulations guys for getting thru the nullarbor!! well done- thats the one thing that every ozzie i met said could stop you in your tracks and im so glad dave's met the challenge and come to the other side safe and well. Clearly nothing can stop you now- its brilliant to see your perserverance & british-ness winning out! Ive been watching the videos today, great to see you all happy, healthy and havin the time of your lives. The world will now know you for the legends that you are, take good care of yourselves and best of luck for the next 4000km.
The East Family @ the Kiosk in Mumbles, South Wales - hi dave and crew, just like to say that we are following your progress, makes good viewing this end, you have done exceptionally well, keep it up!
JF, Manchester, UK - Amazing work you loons! Am watching you progress day to day, and I'm blown away. You are INSPIRING. Best of luck for the rest of the trail. YOU CAN DO IT!
Bosse and Elsa Esterberg - Hi Dave, We met 30 kms before you got to Eucla. We arrived at your end destination in Brisbane , Our hometown, last Thursday. We are thinking of you and your skate board with the same name as my wife. We can't imagine what you are going through. I thought it was bad enough driving the shortcut to Brisbane . Elsa, my wife, offered you all a dinner when you come to Brisbane . That was not a hollow promise, she meant it and you are very welcome. Just ring us when you get here.
Lorraine, Andrew and Oscar Thomas at the Lowe Syndrome Trust - Still keeping track of your wonderful journey to help Lowe syndrome children. Lets hope all your fantastic efforts help raise the profile of the disease and fund future research. Lots of love.
Hannah Glibbery - Well done on your first record thats great news. I've even had my Dad on the website reading it and some of my mates have been looking at your blog when they are bored at work. You seriously should consider turning it into a book! Good luck with the next stretch.
Stuart Gwynn - G'Day Sports! Hope everything is going well for you, the team and of course Elsa! All the very best, still think your crazy dude!
Jack Smith - Hi Dave, How's it going out there? I am full of admiration for you and your journey. Every time I look at a photo of my son Jack, I think of what you are doing for all the boys with Lowe Syndrome. I am still planning on joining for a few days when you near the end of your trek.
Nicola Goodanew - Hi Dave! Hang on in there mate! There's an ice cold VB in it for you at the end! All the best - sounds like you're doing fantastically well...and look forward to seeing you when you get back - and introducing you to Toby who will be running after you and Elsa by then! Love Cousin Nic, Karl and Toby
Anne-Marie Cox - Hey hey you crazy kids! Greetings from Bristolia. Looks like you guys are having huge amounts of fun; loving the pics and the vids. Every time we watch Neighbours, we think of you guys. Keep up the good work, stay safe and have fun! Annie May, Kaitlin and Rachael xxx
Bruce from REPCO in Midland, Perth - Just checking to see how you are going? The lack of footpaths must be a problem but the traffic thins out the more you travel east so road travel is a bit safer. I wish you the best of luck and a great trip, i also hope you see plenty of wildlife and enjoy this great country you people gave to the convicts.
Kevin McGrath - I met you in perth during a photo shoot down at the water at the start of ur trip. i'll send in the photo i took, sometime soon [if i remember]. i just wanted to say i think ur making good progress so far and keep it up. i'm back home in sydney now waiting for u to pass through. i know the nullabor may seem endless but i know u'll manage. don't let the outback defeat you!!! push on. ur a great inspiration. see u in sydney.
Rachel Grundy - G'Day Dave and team! I've just ordered a BoardFree t-shirt and will wear it around the streets of New York with pride. Good luck with Nullarbor and keep smiling! Rachel Grundy
Sarah Pusterla, Grade 3 - Hi my name is Sarah and I saw you at my school, Kambalda West District High School, I like how your skating around from Perth to Brisbane. I wish you luck.
Jayden Pusterla, Grade 2 - Hi my name is Jayden, good job skating on the road Dave.
Terri Pusterla - Hi I'm Sarah and Jayden's mum. Thank you for taking the time to visit the school, they came home very excited and are checking your progress every afternoon. Good luck on your journey.
Mick Reiss, Editor of www.ukslalomskateboarding.co.uk - Hi Dave, Just to let you know that you haven't been forgotten at Hyde Park . Every few days at least someone says something along the lines of - have you seen how far Dave's got? Hope you're keeping the blisters under control
Carmen Major - Geez Dave! You are fantastic! Hope shouldn't ever die or even sleep hey. You can forget that sometimes. Thank you for being the fantastic person you are. No dares, I think you've already outdone anything I could dream up.
Dan's Auntie Julie and Uncle Paul in Liverpool - Have spent all afternoon looking at your photos of journey so far. Hope you enjoyed your birthday muffin Dan! Enjoy your epic journey and keep it up.
Mark Lawrence - Good luck Dave and the crew, remember every journey begins with a small step (or push in this case!) You will be there in no time!
Tony Edwards - Great to see you making good progress Dave. Still a long way to go but you can do it. Keep it up, the Perth skate crew are watching your progress with interest.
70's Steve - Good luck Dave. Hope the feet aren't as sore as the UK stint.
Jack Smith - Hi Dave, I'm so stoked to read that you have begun your trek! Best of luck. And thanks for your support of Lowe Syndrome. Godspeed.
Chris Beer - I trust you're still as focussed as? Keep skatin' man, you're the boss!
Matty - hey dave, my name is matty and i live in brisbane ! i was reading todays paper(sunday mail 27th of august) and came across your artical......i think wat your doing is f***ing sick dude as i am a fanatical skate boarder!!! i
have been riding for for bout 5 years and currently skating for a local shop in brissy. i would love to know when you guys get close to qld as id love to be apart of it and roll a bit of the way wit you guys!!!!
Paul Kane - Best of luck Dave... Seeing first hand how quick you were pushing on day 2 (Lakes to Northam) amazed me. Keep that pace up and you will be crossing the border on no time !! Enjoy the journey...Enjoy the challenge...Use the negative feedback from the Welsh papers to your advantage!!! Look forward to catching up after the journey for that beer and a meal !
Nick Lindsey - Mate what an epic challenge. I look forward to seeing your progress and updates. Good luck!
Nicola Gavardi - You are a great freerider!! Good luck from Italy
Claudio - Hi! I'm Claudio. I live in Milano, Italy. I went to Australia 2 years ago. Without skate... I would like to send you ideally a bottle of Chinotto, an Italian black drink. I hope you'll catch your dream. Greeting for the travellers of the "Cumpa del Chinotto" ( www.cumpadelchinotto.it ) with the typical gesture of the hand made by the Australian surfer! Enjoy koalas, cangaroos and - most of all - the sun! C. P.S. If I've done any mistake, I apologize for my English.
Sian Davies - Hellooo boardfree team. i feel so close to u guys (same ocean/hemisphere and all that) but so far still. cant believe BF Oz has actually started. Ive seen the first pics and you all look great -what a fantastic adventure ur about to have! Well done on finding support vehicles after all the hassle, im sure more sponsorship will turn up soon. Gutted im not there to show support but i promise im thinking and talking about u still to everyone i meet on my travels. Good luck with the first phase of the skate dave, enjoy the challenge, keep a stiff upper lip and do us proud in all that british malarkey.... also make sure u wear lots of sunblock!! Dan and Becki, sorry to see u go. ill miss u loads. all my best wishes for
the next 6 months.
Dan's dad from WGCity - Keep up the good work and challenge. And if you are not mad already, I hope Dan won't drive you mad with his driving !! Good Luck!!
Donald Smairt - Very best of luck for stage 2 of your bid for the title of Most Insane Individual on the Planet.I'll be watching you all the way-..'roos, dingos 'n wombats an' all! Keep the heid,son, and stay safe.
Owen Morgan -
The Student President is bored in the office this Monday morn,
You see I'm tired out from Sunday and cutting the lawn.
Good to see your rollin' along,
So I'm celebrating it with a song.
I will make and create some kind of scrap book,
So when you get back you can look.
Everyone in Swansea University Students Union wishes you well.
As your all rolling along and at times going through hell.
When I see you on ccn with your smashing boardfree pics,
I look forward to spilling my cuppa tea and dropping my twix!
Tom Stubbs - If you finish, I'll do the London Marathon for BoardFree. That's not only a dare, it's a way of life for the next 9 months for me but I am saying I'm going to do the London Marathon for BoardFree.
Tom Kinsley - Dave, the very best of luck to You, Elsa and the team. A truely worthy cause, your dedication to the event is a real inspiration not only to fundraisers alike but to the average joe (like me) sitting at home. It was a real pleasure meet you and Dim earlier this year and a priviliage to have you guys as guests to MASUAS. You've got our support.
Dave Griffiths - Just wanted to take the chance to wish you guys all the best for the coming months! Hope things are eventually taking shape! I will be following the trip closely and as soon as I get that ever elusive graduate job, I will be sending some of my first pay slip BoardFree's way! Say hey to everyone and give Dave and Bev the good 'ole' big Dave bear hug. (p.s tell dave that if he manages to neck a pint after completing every single mile on the way, he will officially receive full repect!)
Peter Kirkham - Hi Dave, wish you all the luck on the Australian mega skate! I have a couple of longboards of my own and two kids of primary school age and i was very excited to hear about your planned tour of uk primary schools. Is it
possible to nominate a school for one of your visits?
Reply: if anyone would like to nominate a school for BoardFree's 2007 initiative tour drop Dave an email
Adrian Bricknell - Hi Dave, best of luck for your upcoming Super-Odyssey from everyone at Crosshands Chiropractic Clinic! Leigh (Dave's chiropractor) is really looking forward to meeting up with you guys in December, and I'll be scheduling some Sports Therapy sessions for you when you get back to Wales , to make sure your joints and muscles haven't taken too much punishment! All the best!
Beth Antonia Hodge - Wishing you the best of luck for your phenomenal challenge, will be watching your progress on your website along the way. I have the greatest respect for what you have achieved so far and for what you are about to do.
Peter & Pauline Cornthwaite (Dave's parents) - Dad & I wish you and the fantastic team you've put together all the very, very best for the adventure to come in Australia, they don't know what's hit them yet, but they will soon!! I really hope that you reach, and exceed, your expected goal of sponsorship donations for the charities. What an inspiration you are. Such total dedication, focus and relentless determination is commendable. We'll be watching you every inch of the way, and hungry for as much information on people, weather, transport, roads, wildlife, good, bad and ugly on route to Brisbane over the next 4 months! Good luck all of you, take good care of yourselves and see you in Sydney in December.
Gale & Olly from Turin Brakes - Any initiative to encourage sports with kids is a good one, and doing it through such an expressive sport as skateboarding is even better. As we both spent our teen years trying to land kick-flips and method airs we appreciate the freedom, fun and frustration of skating. When we heard about Dave's amazing achievements it really struck home - the image of a lone man skateboarding across a lonely landscape whilst listening to our music is just a perfect notion! So we'd like to wish Dave all the very best to complete his latest challenge happy and unharmed . Good luck!
Susie Davies-Lowe - Don't think you need luck really ... just hold onto that inspiration & determination and you'll succeed! Well done to your support team too! We'll be following your route with great interest - enjoy every moment -life's rich tapestry and something to tell the grandchildren one day!
Phil McDonald @ www.alltrails.com.au - G’day Dave, What an adventure! Safety advice. Wear very bright clothing, don’t ride at night, or very early morning, because sun coming up will blind weary drivers with dirty windscreens. If there is a truck coming towards you and a truck coming behind and they are going to pass each other where you are, get off the road. Ask truckies in roadhouses to warn other truckies of you road presence, via their two way radios. Keep well left on crest of hill when vehicle coming from behind. Drink and eat well. Smile lots and ride like there’s no tomorrow.
David Mooney - Just heard about boardfree Aus-what a feat, i drove over the Nullarbor twice last year (drove round the whole of OZ-amazing) and seen people walking cycling and roller blading it now the longboard joins the list. Hope you do it mate and enjoy it as you are probably well aware you are about to face a whole lot of nothingness, some of the scenery is spectacular some of it doesn't seem to change for 100's of kilometres. Watch out for the roadkill-some big roos out there also watch out for the goats, cows, camels, lizards, emus, wild cats, dingoes and huge eagles that you will hopefully be lucky enough to encounter on the way, most of all watch out for the roadtrains they are huge!!!! All the very best to you and your crew.
Stefan Scheytt - My most sincere congratulations on your impressive accomplishment. During your trip I was watching your videos on the Internet with disbelief and found your dedication to your mission a great inspiration. The length of Britain on a skateboard? You've done it. You're a bad-ass in my book!! My respect and admiration goes out to you. When I met you outside my office in London , I thought you were a bit insane and talking s*** but you put your money where your mouth is. Excellent Stuff!! Now, crack open a cold one and put that foot up -- you've done it! I'll make sure to keep an eye on your adventures in the future.
Steve @ Munchhboards - Just caught the last video blog, you the man, we were all talking about you at friday slalom at Hove. I cant think what to say really, just nice one, its something that few people will ever attempt and you couldn't have done it for better reasons. Rest that foot dood, you deserve it.
Leon Hill - Well done on a great skate. We spoke of doing it once but now someone beat us to it there's no point. Thanks. No really, thanks.
Rachel Grundy - CONGRATULATIONS! What a fantastic achievement Dave and team – my office in New York have been hearing all about your exploits and they are behind you too. Now put your feet up and have a pint!
Dave Roberts - Congratulations! I knew you could do it. Now's the time for you to really enjoy the moment and maybe put your feet up for a couple of days. Sterling effort - you've made a little bit of history.
Godfrey McDonall - Yo man looks like you have done, it well done!!!. Enjoy the celebrations and revel in the company and your achievement it is fantastic. Way to go buddy.
Bonnie Posselt - Hey Dave, I know you must have heard it a million times by now but big congrats all round to you and your team for completing the 1st big step of your challange! You must be chuffed to pieces! Hope to hear all about it at some point! Take care & get some well earned rest, especially for that crippled foot of yours!
Andrew, Lorraine and Oscar Thomas - Dave, you are almost there! We are constantly thinking of you and sorry we could not travel the distance to welcome you to the final destination. Enjoy the sunshine and see when back in London.
Helen and the Linky gang - The countdown is on Dave! Only a few miles to go before you achieve official 'Link Community Development Legend' status - we are all SO impressed/proud/amazed by your will-power, commitment and frankly, sheer lunacy. Thank you so much for supporting LCD.
P.S. ah, who needs two fully functional feet anyway, a few years in support stockings and you'll be right as rain!
Ann Brennan (mother of Connor, who has Lowe Syndrome) - It was great to meet you all on Sunday. I'm following your progress every day, you are doing so well. Land's End is calling. Enjoy friday. I love the photos of Conor, he's much better today, he's listening to Snoop Dog. A bit rude!!! Anyone who is reading this please give generously to Boardfree to benefit three great charities. Conor has Lowe Syndrome and I can tell you it is a devastating condition. Conor is totally blind, a few years ago he had his left eye removed and the same thing will happen to his right eye. Another very sad day. Conor is in a wheelchair, suffers from epilepsy, chronic constipation, has a renal condition which can lead to kidney failure, severe learning difficulties and behavior problems. We never know what tomorrow might bring. Sounds harse but this is the reality of Lowe Syndrome. We need to raise lots of money for research so the next generation are free from this terrible disease. So everybody dig deep, be inspired by Dave and all his team.
Stephen Ellis - You've opened doors to new ideas for me. I'm just getting into long distance road cycling. Will be pushing the boundaries a little more after hearing of your achievements. Keep up the good work..you're an inspiration to all.
Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster - We think you are doing an incredible job, your strength and good deed is something to be proud of. Rod's son Liam is 12 years old and a skateboard fan, he says Dave is up there with Tony Hawk.
Holly's Gramps and Nanna - Hi folks, We' re missing the updates & are concerned as to how the happy wanderers are progressing. Do hope Dave has found relief for his feet. Our thought are with you all & anxiously await news of your final laps. Good luck to you all.
Ann Brennan - Hi Dave it was great to speak to you yesterday. I want to thank you so much for choosing lowe syndrome as one of your charities. I've got a son conor ,who's got LS and I am so happy that youre raising awarenessof LS.We would love to support you as you go through Devon ,if you can give us an approximate time when you will be in Okehampton it would be great .I hope your foot is better and good luck with the rest of your journey and I'll be following your many miles in Australia.
Jules and Paul Streete - Well done for slogging on despite blisters and the wettest May in 200 years..maybe you should have surfed it? We're thinking of you now and all best wishes for Oz.Surely it can't rain quite so much there!
Tara Erskine - Well done, I am truly amazed by what you are doing! Keep going, I support you 100%. I think what you are doing for The Lowe Syndrome Trust, and the other charities, is really good, and i really really admire you for doing it, Keep it up, You have my full support. Keep going.
Asha @ www.skatefresh.com - Go for it!! My mind has frequently drifted to your journey...(when I'm feeling tired myself) and I can't imagine what your body feels like and how you get your mind through it. Respect! See you in June...
Tessa Candy - This makes me laugh every time and I thought it would make you smile. Make sure you listen to it with speakers. www.dave.cornthwaite.youaremighty.com
Pauline Cornthwaite - There has been great excitement among my midwifery colleagues here at the John Radcliffe Hospital , Oxford , as I scrolled through your photo gallery & blogs & showed you off to them all! You are doing soooo well Dave, keep focussed, stay positive, keep pushing... It is absolutely amazing what you have achieved so far. To Holly, you are a real star. Dave certainly picked the right person to support him on BFUK. Thank you for your constant compassion, support and empathy towards Dave. Nat, great to meet you, excellent that you are there to set the skate pace whenever you can be. Keep going guys, fantastic support all the way.
Peter Cornthwaite - Keep going Dave - sod the gangrene!
Rachel Grundy - Dave, you got Wossy to send you a message. You are Officially Cool. I really hope you're able to get back on the board soon and I send love to you and the stinky foot (I'm holding my nose though). Look after yourself and stay positive – you've got an amazing team around you who I am in awe of. Roll on Land's End!
Nat Davies - Hi Dave, Feeling very sorry for you! Stinky feet and everything! I know it would never occur to you to give up. I'm constantly amazed by your down right gritty determination to get the job done. Swansea is thinking of you back at home!
Jonathan Ross - Dave, best of luck with your impossible sounding journey. If you can squeeze in a few half-pipe stunts along the way then we'll really be knocked out ! But either way, keep on skating you lovely man you.
Andrew Cornthwaite - Dave it's really impressive what you are doing, but you still haven't passed your driving test!
Erick Ole Kasana - Hi. Dave this is a messege from Erick the masaai elder from Kenya (Erick joined BFUK on his bike this weekend). Congratulation for the good work that you are doing to change the life of the poor .I salute you and i respect you. have a safe journey.Hope to see you in Africa.
Mummy McKinlay (Becki's ma) - Hi Dave, Keeping an eye on your diary, feel for you, no I dont know a magic
cure! Dont turn back! Keep going! See you soon.
Andrew Cornthwaite - Yo Bro! You have already gone so much further than a lot of people ever will.
That effort is awesome! Keep pushing and make the Cornthwaite's proud!
Steve @ Munchhboards - I'd be out there with you for a stint if i could, but you know life, i envy your comitment dood, been following the blogs, hope the last part is good to you and the weather.
Lorraine Thomas @ The Lowe Syndrome Trust - Dave, thanks so much for doing this for the children diagnosed with Lowe - you are an inspiration!! We are all amazed at how determined you are - even with sore feet!
Jono Coleman - Dave, we think you are mad but thanks for raising all those much needed pounds for the Lowe Syndrome Trust and the other charities. You are a legend, we love you. Jono and the team at BBC London 94.9FM.
Chandler Bong - Hey bud, congrats on your success so far, I'm not starting off quite as hard core as yourself but I'm looking to do a 210 mile session from sidmouth to brighton in the next couple of months and i was wandering basically what training you've been doing to get ready for austrailia. I hope everything goes well over the remainder of your trip and i hope to hear from you soon.
Phil Rhys - I've been checking the website and keeping up to speed on your trip, can't believe you've made it this far.. keep up the good work and keep on skating dude and remember that for every section of uphill, there is always a section of downhill!!!!!!!
From www.foresthillshotel.com - Dear Dave and Crew, Keep on skating !!!! Thank you for coming and staying with us on Monday 15th May 2006. The photos are ace!!! Lots of love all the reception girlies at the forest hills hotel.
Chris Harris - Sounds pretty tough out there but keep going mate! Got to work yesterday and had a whole bunch of people say, "oh we saw your mate on the longboard on the news last night" so people are watching! Good luck buddy.
Rachel Grundy - Hi Dave and team, I met Dave many moons ago in Uganda, and he is the kind of person you never forget. I hope you have an amazing trip and raise loads of money – I'll spread the word to folks far and wide. Good luck and have fun!
Bev @ Swansea AU - Hi Dave and Hol, you guys are doing awsome, I've been checking the website every day to see how you're getting on. Bex and me can't wait to see you at the weekend. Take it easy kids.
Gill Erskine - This is just a message of good luck. I have just been on your website - what an incredible thing to be doing. My boyfriend and I cycled the route last year for the Anthony nolan Trust, it was amazing - though, as you must be finding - absolutely nackering! I hope you will meet some incredibly generous people and realise what an amazing country we live in. Best of luck to you and the Team - you are amazing!
Nigel @ surfool.com - Hi dave, like what you are doing for the sport. I you ever come to cardiff give us a e-mail and we can go for a sk8.
Kate Lightbody - Hey dave! heard about your craziness through andy- your bro' has been doing a great publicity job with texts and emails.....though i dont see is name on the message board!! (don't worry, im onto him!) you are completely mental, i like it! buckets of luck! xxx
Claire Webster - Best of luck with your mission. Very impressive indeed. Hope you don't have too many horiffic injuries and you can fit into your smart shoes on Saturday at the guest night. See you there!
Erin Rimmel - I am from Vancouver Canada and am enjoying the info on your site that is documenting your skate(s) for charity. As well I wanted to give him thumbs up for wearing a helmet and safety gear on his journey. Some cross country longboards don't do the safety gear which is sad as it sets a bad example for other skaters. Good on Dave for wearing
Godfrey McDonnell - Well done for seeing off the highland chavs. I adore Holly's expression. "Do you still love me." Ride on Dave you're our hero.
Magster - Wishing you the best of luck on your challenge. You can do it!!! Stay safe.
Leon and Heather - Dave, you bloody nutter. Good to see you have a great support vehicle. Hope you are getting your trainers for free.
Mike Furst - I'm with a small company here in the states called Old Man Army. I wanted to wish you the best of luck and to keep your spirits up. If I lived anywhere near your route, I would be joining you for some skating and sightseeing. Take care.
Kat Josselyn - Dave, do hope you are keeping an extra special eye out for that second toe on the right foot, look after yourself, it was awesome to see you - i'll soon be able to say i've met a real-life famous person if you keep going at this rate of interest!! fab work, and loving your fanbase between crieff and falkirk! xxx
Donald Smairt - Dave and support team- Enjoyed our meeting at Weem on Saturday-glad to see you're making steady progress. You missed a great party, but I'm pretty sure it might have been a detour too far! The drawing is under way! I'll post it on this site once it's done, and we can arrange to get the original to you at a later date. Keep up the great work-we'll be watching your progress-keep safe, and best of luck.
Gael Evans - Keep it up Dave! congratulations on what you've done so far, but if you keep going at that speed you won't even pick up a hint of the scottish accent... Best of luck for the rest of the journey.
Oli Aram, Manchester - Best of luck during BFUK and throughout the long trip across Australia Dave, big respect for what you're doing.
Jack Smith (current world record holder for distance boarding) - I'm so happy to see you begin your trek. I want to thank you again for choosing The Lowe Syndrome Trust as one of your charities. As you know my son Jack died from complications due to Lowe Syndrome in 2003. I wish you Godspeed.
Chris Harris - Dave you are a Legend! I skated 40mins to work and home the other day and was cream crackered, how you keep going I don't know. Keep your chin up the world is watching, I know you will make it!
Julia from Carrbridge, just north of Aviemore - Saw you on this day and you looked SO, SO tired... good on you for carrying on! You're an inspiration! I wish you all the best of luck.
Nat Davies - Well done Dave! Im keeping track of you and hope you are enjoying it and are not too sore. Scotland looks beautiful. Keep on trucking, friend! XXXX Nat
James Cracknell - Dave's venture deserves backing not only because of the benefits to the three children charities but because he's clearly crazy and needs all the support he can get!
Emilie Venables from Senegal - Greetings from Senegal! Thought would send you all a far-flung message of support from sunny West Africa... I hope you guys have a great journey - sorry I won't be around in Edinburgh to offer you my spare bed! Will be keeping up with your blogs though - have become a bit of a Boardfree groupie over the past few months! Good luck, em x
Mr & Mrs Cornthwaite, Dave's parents - We'll be following your progress on BFUK every inch of the way Dave, and to the support team - look after him please! All the very best of luck.
Rime Hadri - Hey hey Dave! just wanted to wish you the best of luck from Leeds crew with your UK skate in a couple of days!!!! we think you are mental but a good mental guy and I for one seriously admire what you are doing for your chosen charities! will keep checking your progress, particularly the size of your calf!!! Ps. As us frenchies say " je te s'houete une gross merde!" hehe.
Willie Hunt - 2 years ago I took my board with me to Mongolia and skated whenever I could during a walk across part of the Gobi Desert. The Mongolian kids out there have never seen a skateboard, they had a lot of fun sitting on the board and getting pulled across parts of the desert. I am about to turn 40 next month and have been on a board of one form or another since the early seventies, I wish I had thought about something like this years ago. Since I discovered your web site and found out about your UK and Aussie trips I can’t stop smiling, for all those guys and girls out there who love to skate this is the ultimate board-road trip. The web site is great – I hope you can keep up with your blogs as much as possible during your UK and Aussie trips – a lot of people are going to want to follow your progress. Your body will adjust to the journey and the miles - my only advice is this – during the long haul flight out to Oz keep your board with you as hand luggage on the plane – that’s what I did when I went to Mongolia – my board came back with me – the rest of my gear disappeared.
Alex Fuller - Just thought i would wish you Good Luck on your 1000 mile board in UK, Travelled in Oz couple months ago in a coach and that seemed bloody hard work, cant imagine doing it on a board.
R Butcher - I am learning all about you and your trip at school. I just wanted to say good luck and hope you do it.
Rupert Butcher, Year 2, Rooksbury Park School
Greg Barton, Editor of Australian Traveller magazine - Speaking as someone who's crossed and re-crossed the nullarbor around ten times using various modes of transport -- Greyhound bus, beat-up Landrover, family sedan -- i'd say it's eminently possible for Dave to achieve his dream of boarding those vast and inhospitable stretches of the Australian Outback. It's not uncommon to see tourists even cycling or motorcycling across Australia, one lonely roadhouse at a time, using only their enthusiasm and frosty bottles of Coke to speed them to safety. Although, having experienced my first fifty-plus degrees celcius day on a stretch of road between WA and South Australia, I'd certainly advise Dave to think carefully about water and shade -- because there's none of either out there. Also, when gigantic 18-wheeler road trains come thundering past, try and keep to the left. And when the first one radios behind him to his mates that he just passed a guy on a longboard in the middle of nowhere, try and keep WAY to the left -- because they'll be looking out for you.
David Eastwood via metro.co.uk - This guy is a legend!! I love to longboard, and i can totally see why this is his ambition, and he is doing this all for charity too, what a hero! I really appreciate things like this, he has set a personal goal that will be one hell of a challenge, and i wish him the best of luck and i just wish i could join him on his adventure. It will be one to remember for sure!
Matt Roberts @ www.personaltrainer.uk.com - Any endurance event takes incredible levels of fitness and personal drive to reach the desired goal. What Dave is doing is a unique way of testing another sport in a new direction and I am sure he will be successful. I will be intrigued to see which of his legs is bigger at the end of the challenge as a result of his asymmetric efforts!"
Emma via metro.co.uk - Crazy, crazy crazy, makes me feel very lazy!!! It's great though as it's all for good causes. I hope it raises loads of money along the way-I'm sure it will. I admire you Dave so good luck with it!
David via ncdsa forum - This guy is a legend! i really appreicate things like this, especially when they are for a good cause. But he does have one heck of a challenge ahead, the Austrailan outback is a harsh environment, not the place for a fair skinned skater! he should get a sponsorship from a sunblock company. only kidding! Full respect and best of luck to you Dave!
Jazz via metro.co.uk - Very sweet idea. But I am a bit concerned that this guy has promised money to charities when he has only been skateboarding a matter of months. Although I have heard that the Welsh coastline can be pretty radical. I'm just worried that i've seen too many of these projects go wrong as they are fuelled by ego, and not genuine charitability.
Pete Cornthwaite via metro.co.uk - Dave is my son and although I think he is barking mad, I have no doubt he will succeed in both his trips as he is very determined. He needs all the support he can get - so get sponsoring or offering help for his John O'Groats to Lands End and trans-Aus trip!
Ben Hobson - This is one of the best things I've seen in a while. You must have one exceptional strong leg, I get tired skating around a park for a few hours and I've been skating for about 8 years! I've had a read of your website stuff, fair play for dropping everything and just doing it.
Godfrey McDonnell - Hi Dave I could not believe my ears! Anyway, I stayed tuned and hung arround to hear you on captital radio today. You make me itch all over getting it all dialled, going for it like only an Englishman would. Godders boarding & suporting you down in Dover, Kent.
Sian via metro.co.uk - If this guy was doing this purely for self achievement and just to break the world record then yes, he would be crazy, but how amazing that along the way he will raise a ton of money for charity?! It's seriously worth checking out his website to find out more about the charities he is supporting and how you can get involved...this world needs more crazy people like Dave!
Lindsay via metro.co.uk - I heard about Dave's Boardfree project on a skating forum ages ago and then saw it in the metro today. It might seem crazy to some but its all for a worthwhile cause! Good luck to Dave, love the website!
Victoria Brooks via metro.co.uk- I don't think even Paula Radcliffe calls 900 miles a 'warm up'. It's amazing to see so much ambition and determination. Good luck to Dave!
Bexi - Awsome website, tell dave good luck for the uk boardfree.
Anthony Caruana - Great thing you are doing, hope to see you in my town.
Margaret Brackeborough - Wow, that is long! (on seeing Elsa the longboard for the first time).
Ellen MacArthur, Skipper B&Q Trimaran @ www.teamellen.com - Dear Dave, the team and I here wish you and Elsa every success on these epic journeys! I'm sure that just like the sea, the roads will bring their own set of challenges, but with lows come great highs and really I hope you realise your dreams. Good luck and stay strong. Just Go For It!
Man in Hyde Park - I was thinking of doing Land's End to John o'Groats by bike because it was hard. But you're skating it as a warm-up. I hate you.
Piccia Neri @ www.piccianeri.com - Saw your post on SerpentineRoad.com and on visiting your website I actually remembered I did see the mad dog on the funny board in the park a few weeks ago. I am filled by admiration mixed with a healthy dose of envy, in the good sense, meaning I am spurred on and inspired by your project. I am restless and fretting and dreaming of adventures and if you can do it, well why the hell shouldn't we all. Thanks for showing us.
Sam Bryant - I saw your interview in the Swansea Alumnus Magazine and was pretty impressed. Skating around australia! I'm at a 6th form college in Brighton and have been longboarding for 5 years. My Dad got me into it and he's been on a trip similar to yours only he wasn't really organised enough to get any support like you have! He longboarded around india for 6 months a few years ago, met the Dalai Lama and had a fantastic experience. Armed with a buddha board he just went out and did it which I really admired. What made me look up when reading the interview was how quickly after starting up boarding you decided to do a charity skate for 5000 miles! It's great what your doing mate, good luck and take it mile by mile!!
Bex - I wish you all the luck in the world and not just with the record attempt, but with spending that amount of time in Australia with Thorpey (cameraman Si). I did it in 2003 and would do it again tomorrow given the opportunity. You'll have a fantastic time, I'll look forward to the updates on your progress!
Gill Giles - I applaud you and what you are doing - not only for yourself but all the others whose lives you touch. You are embarking on a tremendous adventure - all of you - and I wish you success and good health. Keep safe and who knows, may be sometime you will do the Boardfree trek across Canada!
May and Ted (Photographer Holly's grandparent's) - Have just seen part of the BoardFree website. It sounds as though you will have a wonderful adventure, good luck to you all...
Adrienne Montes - With u in heart mind and soul every step of the way...good luck be with you...when the road gets tough ask Angel Gabriel for courage, he will help. One love.
Will L - Damn that sounds hard. Good luck mate.
Treeva Fenwick - Hello! Did I see you in a dog outfit in london this weekend - my taxi was going past trafalgar square!!!?
Sharkey - 5000 miles? Are there that many miles in the world?
Russell Heilling - This is a fantastic thing you're planning, and I wish you lots of luck. I'm sure you'll manage to hit your charity targets; and hopefully you'll manage to get more people realising that skating on a longboard can be a safe, fun method of travel and they should get out there and
ride! Also loving your "Faking it" sessions. I've lost track of the times that I've been carving down a hill on my pintail or 5-foot cruiser to have someone shout "Oi, Tony Hawk, show us some tricks!" :)
Ben Hall - Just about to start longboarding myself. And you mate are an inspiration...a nutter! But an inspiration.
Tony Hawk - Good luck Dave! Your journey is truly inspiring. I will never complain about my legs being too tired again.
Ryan Daughtridge @ www.bustinboards.com - I really dig your plan and wish you all the luck. I'd love to help out the cause.
Bear Grylls - The world needs brilliant, imaginative and above all determined people like Dave- and never forget that each blister and fall is a step closer to your dream and to changing the lives of the children charities you are raising funds for - good luck buddy! Visit www.beargrylls.com
Paul Lees @ Legends International Charity Assistance - Firstly, I am amazed that anyone would try and skate around Australia – that is an absolutely incredible task to try and complete. I will be watching with interest to see how he gets on. I traveled across Australia, through the desert from Melbourne to Perth in a car. Occasionally I would pass Japanese people on the side of the road who were either cycling or walking. I thought they were crazy doing that – to try and skate around the country seems absolute lunacy! I really do wish him all the very best – it will be an incredible achievement.
Dave Gorman - I'd consider doing this. If the skateboard had an engine. And a roof. And maybe sleeping quarters. Basically, if it was a camper van. But it's not. It's a skate board. So I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole. So you - and some good charities - can be glad that another Dave is.
Matt Jam @ www.jamlongboarding.com - DAVE! Awesome trek! Take care, be safe and good luck! We'll be checking in on you from time to time...
Amanda Shipp - My Oz housemate just found you in his paper, you're on your way to becoming an international star!..
Nick Channon - Hey! awesome - just came across a link to this on the lush longboards forums. Im currently a team rider for lush and am going to south america/new zealand and aus (travels) to find some amazing hills/mountains and stunning places to skate. Anyway as im getting to aus next summer for a year or so it would be awesome to hook up at some point and skate. Would be really sweet to come do a small portion of the journey with you! Seems like forest gump only on a skate board. 100% back what your doing. Is a really good idea and for an excellent cause- huge props.
Nigel McKinlay - ...Well, some of you poms are mad buggers..
James Looker - I travel with Xavier Rudd worldwide. We played a show at the carling academy in london the other day, and someone gave me a wristband and explained what your doing. I told xavier, and he already knew. So we are both wearing your wristband, and fully support what you are doing, as fellow longboarders. (See www.xavierrudd.com)
Mike Allen, rolls rolls USA - Good luck on your trip! I put the boards together for Jack Smith, and team for the SAA trip. Any questions, or help, let me know. See www.rollsrolls.com
Sam Trowbridge - Hey dude.. I'm Sam and I live in Perth.. I'm a longboarder too and I think what you're doing is awesome. I'd love to ride with you sometime!
Alan Fletcher aka Dr Karl Kennedy from Neighbours! - What a brave man you are! Would be happy to help out in Oz next year. Keep me up to speed with your progress and congratulations on such an admirable effort. Cheers, Fletch
Leah Doherty - I've just seen the third Faking It video and can't believe you're still that rubbish!
Dan Ballard - Anyone who lives their dreams masquerading as a fundraiser for good causes is a genius! Anyone who does this and manages to attract some decent attention and raise some serious cash at the same time is a genuine legend! Best of luck bro - I'm all for it!
Emilie Venables - A mesage from my mate Julie - watch out for the mice along the Nullarbor! You have been warned... (she used to work there and said it was only fair you knew!)
Emilie Venables - You may be getting older (happy birthday!) but you're still doing crazy things for charity, so that's all that matters...What happened to the calf measurements? I want details!
Shruti Dudhia - Hey Dave, good luck, sounds amazing!
Mother Cornthwaite at work - Just showing you off to other mad midwives! Keep boarding Dave, speak to you soon!
Russell Wade - I don't think you can do it, I think you're f****** mad. But I'd only do John o'Groats to Land's End, not the other way, because it will be easier if you go down.
Nick Howe - I have no idea why I'm on this site, but what the heck, I like it. Good luck.
Amanda Shipp - I love it! Have just seen the latest Dare Dave and I now have a comedy image of you straddling a horny sheep whilst on the longboard trying to knit in the middle of nowhere...
Reply from Dave - That is not a comedy image, that is a picture of impending reality. Not only will I have to endure endless sheep jokes, have the endless Michael taken out of me by local Ozzies AND suffer the ridiculous irony of knitting a wooly hat in the middle of a desert, but I'll also be there, in the full splendour of a tv documentary. Knitting. Just knitting. Knitting a hat. I am ashamed.
Kit and Barbara Coward - I hope Dave will have a good support team because he'll surely need it. There's an awful lot of nothing between the east and west of Australia.
Chantal Braganza via email to Dave's cousin in Oz - I hope your spirited cousin has a suitably mad canine companion? You know....mad dogs and Englishman.....sorry, couldn't resist.
Arthur Hendey via answering machine - I don't know if you know but I'm 70 years old. I'm mad as a hatter, and I'm glad to say that you're mad as a hatter as well (listen to the full message).
Bobby Russell - As we get older we are supposed to get more sensible. Obviously isn't happening. So you're going to Australia to collect knee grazes and grass stains..... hmmmm.
Stephen Dyer - Watch out for kangeroos at night time, they're attracted to light and are suicidal!