Cape Town based, David is an inspirational celebrity speaker, award-winning chef, extreme adventurer and author. His most extreme adventure was the first solo run of India 4008 km in 93 days. Prior to that, he paddled from Africa to Madagascar (a distance of 500 km) and then ran the island from south to north, a distance of 2700 km. David – along with his running partner Braam Malherbe – did the first ever continuous joint run of the Great Wall of China, some 4200 km in 98 days. They then completed the first ever continuous run along the coast of South Africa from Oranjemund via Cape Town to Mozambique – 3300 kms. in 80 days. He has also run from John o’Groats to Lands’ End, the length of Ireland and Hadrian ‘s Wall.
David was born into a Cape wine farming family in South Africa and with this background, he never lost his roots or his love of the outdoors. With food, wine and adventure close to his heart, David set out to take all of his passions to the extreme, and explore the limits of the human mind and body. These journeys are not about David himself, but he wanted to make a difference in the lives of children born with cleft lips and palates. Through these journeys, enough funding was raised to enable some 1800 children to receive corrective facial surgery through ‘Operation Smile’.