Sailing past traffic jams is every commuter’s dream but David Grimes does that almost every day – literally.|
16th May 2007
Sailing past traffic jams is every commuter’s dream but David Grimes does that almost every day – literally.
The 37-year-old IT manager puts on a wetsuit each morning and kitesurfs to his office in Brighton.
He lives in a beach house along the coast west of the city in Shoreham, West Sussex, and the trip to the shore nearest his office takes about 30 minutes.
He then gathers up his gear, walks the short distance to his office and changes, James Bond-style, into a shirt and jacket, ready for work.
Mr Grimes said: “It’s so much better than sitting in traffic jams and breathing in petrol fumes – this is good exercise and it’s environmentally friendly.
“I usually average about 20mph which is better than cars do along the coast road. I kitesurf most days and on those when the wind isn’t strong enough I get my bike out and cycle.
“I check the wind each morning but putting my head out of a window at my home. It’s quite easy really.”
Prevailing south-westerly winds mean the return trip home would take two hours so Mr Grimes carries his folded-up kite and hops on a bus at the end of each day.
Mr Grimes has been riding the waves to work for four years and believes he’s the only kitesurfing commuter in Britain.
He said his mode of transport beats the car by five to ten minutes but he’s not doing it just to save time.
Mr Grimes said: “I’d like to reach zero-carbom emissions – I’m applying for permission for a wind turbine at my home and I’m planning to install solar heating.”
Photo # 1 Mr Grimes believes he’s the only kitesurfing commuter in Britain
Photo # 2 A new way to commute: David Grimes beats the traffic and surfs to work in Brighton
Photo # 3 The 37-year-old IT manager puts on a wetsuit each morning and kitesurfs to his office in Brighton
Photo # 4 Mr Grimes swops the wetsuit look for more proper work attire