David's Open Road

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    Aussies Abroad Roadtrip

DAVID MILES

Godfather of Skate
California Outdoor Roller Association

“You've got to get up every morning and love to do what you do. You've gotta love it.”

INTERESTS:

Non-Profit Organizations Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Passion Confidence Conflict Pressure Pride

FOUNDATION:

Being Physically Active

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Thought he had life planned out: he'd enter the army, join a union once he was released, make a career as a bricklayer.
  • One day, while laying brick, an earthquake destroyed his work and a snapped crane nearly killed him.
  • He said, "I am out of here," had been developing a passion for skating and decided to focus on that.
  • Started the Golden Gate Skate Patrol, a group of CPR-, first-aid-certified skaters that patrolled the park, offered help to anyone who needed it.
  • Shifted into the realm of activism when the city attempted to ban skating in the park; decided he could work with them as a skating advocate.
  • Came to be known as the "Godfather of Skate."
  • Says you fall when you don't put yourself out there with confidence-if you know you can bail out at anytime, you'll probably bail out.
  • Calls skating his "church," uses it as an outlet through which he can express all of his attitudes and emotions.

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