Dave Cornthwaite is no ordinary globetrotter. He travels the world via every unimaginable means of transport, if even one can even call them that. Skateboarding, paddling, sky-gliding (and much more) his way across the world, he truly embodies the spirit of adventure. And we get to read all about his thrilling journeys in the books authored by him.
For 10 years SayYesMore was a personal motto to make sure I didn’t just waste away.”
Speaking about his project SayYesMore, Dave says, “For 10 years SayYesMore was a personal motto to make sure I didn’t just waste away. So, it is kind of about making the most of life, not letting opportunities pass us by — and not just living for decades just doing work because it pays — but getting out there and working out how we can be the best possible versions of ourselves.” Through this project came about the YesTribe, people who subscribe to Dave’s SayYesMore philosophy. Those who got inspired to go out, travel, indulge in adventures, and even raise money for charities through their travels. Talking about the incredible way in which it happened, he says, “In 2015 I had a project to try to turn my Facebook audience into real friends. I invited people camping. 19 people turned up for that first camp-out, and the number kept increasing. We had hundreds throughout the summer. Now we’ve got over 3,000 people in the YesTribe and it’s growing fast.” We all just need a little bit of inspiration to say Yes.
Dave’s dive into adventure was sudden and drastically life-altering. Speaking of what brought on this epic life change, he says, “Woke up the morning of my 25th birthday and realised there was no way I could just carry on doing something that I’m not very good at, or that I don’t really enjoy, for the rest of my life. I started doing new things, I started saying yes more and eventually I found myself a skateboard. Two weeks after stepping onto that I quit my job and decided that I was going to try and get the world distance record on a skateboard. I went from John o’Groats to Land’s End and then crossed Australia — almost 4,000 miles — and after that I got a book deal and I’ve never really looked back!”
Dave’s unconventional path, which is a fusion of passion and profession has been a treacherous one, sometimes, literally. “It’s bloody hard making a living doing this stuff and took me over 7 years to become fully sustainable. It took a full re-wire of my brain to get through the first few years, worrying about not having money, jealousy at people in the city, becoming comfortable sleeping on sofas and wild camping in urban parks.” Displaying remarkable grit, Dave stuck it out, and continues to practice and preach his new-found beliefs, ignoring the naysayers and difficult moments.
Truly living upto his philosophy of SayYesMore, Dave prefers to go with the flow. An ongoing project is Expedition 1000 which he plans to do over his lifetime, and not as a goal to be reached by a certain date. The concept of Expedition 1000 is to do 25 different journeys of minimum 1000 miles, covering each using a different form of non-motorised transport. Having already completed 12 journeys, Dave is content. He says, “I don’t have anything tugging at my soul, and really never have. I like being where I am and as soon as a change is needed, I make it.”
When you’re surrounded by positive, supportive people, endless magic begins to happen. You have NO idea what you’re capable of, and you’ll never know unless you try. So get moving!”
An example in following your dreams, despite the risks, Dave encourages others to do the same. And for further inspiration, one just has to get onto www.sayyesmore.com. He says, “When you’re surrounded by positive, supportive people, endless magic begins to happen. You have NO idea what you’re capable of, and you’ll never know unless you try. So get moving!”
Dave Cornthwaite didn’t like the way life was going, and decided to do something about it. Today he couldn’t be happier. Don’t wait till you are pushed to the brink. Wake up and chase your dreams.