A paddleboarder David Haze has had a remarkable transformation after a plunge into criminality. At 36, he has the world record for six times and is preparing to attempt to break the seventh
“I just kept this down like a pressure cooker I suppose, and when that day came the pressure cooker exploded.”
David Haze had been keeping many things for himself, storing it in a way he describes like the contents of a pressure cooker.
The day he’s referring to as the day in the courtroom the day it was finally his turn to stand his own crimes he’d committed.
It was also when that his family discovered the truth about what was going on with him.
“The court date came along and I didn’t go to court,” he declares. “I had a mental breakdown I suppose and I disappeared for five weeks.”
David’s decision to run resulted in consequences. In the span of five weeks he attempted to end his life twice.
What could happen to an individual who appeared to had everything? He was previously employed as an exchange broker within London’s City of London, making good money prior to the beginning of drug use before the ascent into criminality began.
However, David’s recovery in his escape from jail is more impressive. He is now 36 years old and an avid paddleboarder. He has the world’s record for most records and a bid for seventh record is scheduled to begin in February this year.
On the surface David was a success in his 20s. He had a good work in the big city, an attractive love interest and a solid schooling at the boarding institution behind his back.
However, the reality was completely different. David’s experience as foreign exchange broker wasn’t the way it seemed.
“I sort of lost who I was growing up,” the author describes. “I lost the sense of excitement that I felt as a young person.
“I loved being outdoors , and making the decision to move to London was perhaps the most costly mistake I’ve ever made in my life.
“I earned a decent amount of income in London and was living the”playboy” lifestyle dining out and drinking – however, I lost touch with my personality and eventually lost my job. I became too big to fit in my shoes.”
The loss of his job caused him to fall into criminality to begin and for David the cause was from the fact that he was not prepared for the very first failure that which he’d faced in his entire life.
“The next morning [after losing his job] it was literally like, ‘oh s*** what do I do?'” He continues.
“The issue with boarding schools is that it offers you many chances, but it doesn’t give you the chance to cope with failing.
“When I lost my job, it was the most significant failure I’ve ever had to face. However, I wasn’t provided with the right tools to manage that loss therefore, when it did happen I was unsure how to handle it.
“I’d achieved so much for myself to this stage on my own, suddenly I went off alone and thinking,’s ***, what should I do now what do I do?’
“I wanted to not tell anyone about it, but I wanted to maintain the appearance that I’m doing well, so I would wear a suit and pretend that I was going to do my job.
“Actually I turned towards gambling to try and get the money coming in.”
“I was just in this pit of misery”
Gambling to find an income source, as you can imagine, didn’t be successful. Even though David was in search of employment at the time, his income was declining and decreasing.
His family, however, had no idea of where the man was spending his time or how his life was advancing.
“When I was doing the broking I’d use it [cocaine] every now and again,” the man describes.
“Then I began to turn to it again. It was not an addiction in the sense of it but it dulled my brain and made me forget about the agony I was experiencing.
“I would take it just to forget that my life was spiralling out of control and I hadn’t got a grasp of it anymore.”
And then, the moment that the pressure cooker exploded. David was just 27 years old when he 27 years old, was detained for dealing with stolen property.
As the court date was nearing, the defendant then disappeared for a five-week time frame and hit some of the lowest moments of his life.
Eventually, however, David’s life continued to lead him down a dark path and he was sent to prison – being handed a three-year sentence for burglary.
On his release David started to use drugs once more, reverted to burglary again and was then sent back to prison for a second time.
But this time, while at HMP Guys Marsh, he enrolled on a prison reform programme that proved to be the turning point in his life.
“The second time when I was inside I realised the only one really in charge of your own destiny is yourself,” he says.
“I had to take this journey of self-discovery to learn my red flags, my green flags, what I’m capable of and what I truly want from life and what makes me happy.”