True Freedom for Extreme snow boarder Dave Downing
BY DAVE GEISLER
Dave Downing’s life is a Generation X dream come true. According to
Transworld Snowboarding (the snowboarder’s bible”), he’s one of the
top 20 snowboarders in the world. He’s also a world-class surfer, and is
recognized as one of the top extreme” athletes on earth.
Dave has snowboarded on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” and Fox Sports
featured him on its “Boardwild” program. They showed him launching off
a snow rock cliff, riding the air and ripping through the Southern Alps
in New Zealand. “It’s close to flying,” he says. “When you know how to
control your board in the air without thinking, it feels really free.”
On a trip to France, Dave snowboarded in the Pyrenees Mountains and
surfed the waves of Biarritz. When Dave snowboards and surfs, he’s
usually endorsing products for Burton Snowboards, Standard Films and Mac
Dog Productions. . . and he earns some very BIG bucks in the process! But
for Dave, life is not just about money or competition. It’s also about
joy and appreciating the beauty that God created in nature and in human
In other words, there’s more to Dave Downing than extreme sports. Dave
is also a dedicated Christian. “For some snowboarders, the sport
is all they have, but my faith is what’s most important to me,” says Dave.
Dave is very open about his faith, and his belief that young people
should save sex for marriage. Speaking from experience, he says he’s learned
about regrets the hard way and he wishes he had saved sex as a gift to
be shared after marriage.
But Dave believes in second chances. He’s changed his life and made
a commitment to save sex for marriage. “Sex is a beautiful gift that God
made for us to share with that special person we marry,” says Dave. That’s
why he and Shannon Dunn, a world-class snowboarder who is now his wife,
lived a commitment to purity during the years they dated each other.
Knowing about celebrity status and the sexual opportunities it brings,
Dave is fully aware of the temptations facing today’s young people. The
temptations are strong, but having been there, he knows that giving in
only brings heartache in the long run. True freedom, Dave believes, comes
to those who wait – and when you control your sexual desires, it frees
you to have the best life possible.