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Meet David Finlayson - Surf explorer, hiker, mountain bike rider, travelling, mountains and maps.

What drives you to spend time outside?

The feeling I get from it. If I go surfing, there’s no such thing as having a bad surf in my opinion. It gives me a sense of freedom and solitude where I feel so much happiness regardless of how I perform. If I’ve spent time outside doing anything, I’ll also generally feel much more healthier for doing so.

Where are your favourite places to go?

I love the coast and spend a lot of time in Northumberland, Cornwall, North Wales and Scotland. Along with surfing I love being in the mountains, so for this reason Scotland ticks a lot of boxes for me. Being from Sheffield I love the Peak District and with it being on the doorstep I enjoy getting out there on the weekend and after work in the summer for hikes.

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What is your favourite thing to do outdoors?

I love exploring and seeing what’s round the next corner, so if I’m out for a hike I love to adventure further. If I’m looking for a new place to surf, the feeling of exploring different parts of the coastline to check out new beaches and maybe find that perfect spot is something I love to do. I also cycle a lot and I often head for a ride into the Peak District.

Who inspires you and how?

Kelly Slater, professional surfer and Roger Federer. Both these guys are still competing in their own sport at the top level and it really shows that age is just a number and it’s never too late to chase your goals.

What are your focuses this year to help people get outside more often?

Showing people that you don’t need to travel to the ends of the earth or spend a fortune on doing something awesome is the point I really want to focus on. There are so many cool, fun, free and easily accessible things to do right here in Sheffield/Peak District and I hope to introduce as many people as possible to this.

What are your 3 biggest life achievements?

Pursuing my passion for surfing. Through surfing I’ve been fortunate enough to visit some very remote and awesome parts of the world, which I would probably have never been to if it wasn’t for surfing. Maintaining a good level of fitness and well-being is something I consider to be a life achievement. I’ve competed in numerous Triathlons, marathons, Track cycling, tennis matches and in general, taken part in as many sporting/outdoor activities as I can over the years. Checking into a YHA in Melbourne Australia and bumping my surfboards into a stranger. She is now my fiancée.

3 words you live by…

I’m off surfing.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Chocolate biscuits.