Dave Cornthwaite comes up the hill towards the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour yesterday, with his support crew in the van behind.
Dave Cornthwaite comes up the hill towards the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour yesterday, with his support crew in the van behind.

This Pom beat the odds

By KIREN THANDI

THERE weren't many Aussies who thought Dave Cornthwaite could brave the Nullarbor, but the pale-skinned, red-headed Brit has proved them wrong.

"I had people from Australia writing to me saying I'd never cross the Nullarbor," Dave says of the period after he completed a skateboarding trip from the top of Scotland to the southern tip of England.

"People were actually placing bets on how long I would last with my fair skin and red hair."

Dave proved them wrong.

"It was a challenge, but it wasn't as hard as I thought," Dave said about the Nullarbor.

"It only took two-and-a-half weeks ? dodging brown snakes and lizards, strong winds . . . and the heat."

And then he kept going over the Great Ocean Road and up the East Coast, breaking a world record for the longest journey on a skateboarder (previously held by American Jack Smith, at 4831km).

Yesterday Dave was in Coffs Harbour, and he is now making his way up to Brisbane, which will make it an epic 6000km journey all up.

Not bad for a guy who only started skateboarding in March 2005.



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