BoardFree : A Human-powered Skateboard Record


Dave Cornthwaite is 27, and late last month he set a world record for human-powered propulsion. He pushed a skateboard for five months and 5,823 km (3,618 miles) to travel across five states of Australia from Perth to Brisbane. He wore out 13 pairs of shoes, 10 wheels and some dozen or so tubes of suncream as he fought road trains and blisters in his BoardFree project, which had the parallel purpose of fundraising for three charities. The Lowe Syndrome Trust helps fund research into a presently incurable disease, while the Link Community Developmen provides education to thousands of iSub-Saharan Africa children. And finally Sailability Australia uses sailing to break down attitudes between the broader community and people with disabilities. Daves’ Boardfree has a website at Just Giving, which closes at the end of Feb, where you can make donations, that will be split amongst these organisations. And you be congratulating him for showing what one man, strong legs and a longboard (nicknamed Elsa, after the lion in the classic documentary Born Free) can achieve. ::BoardFree.

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