He’s an interesting cat; a self-professed surf nerd, WSL Longboard Tour surfer, part-time judge, coach and all-round frother of wave riding. Matt draws inspiration from a by-gone era and surfs a variety of retro and longboard surfboards inspired by the 60’s and 70’s. His roots lie deep in longboarding, but he’s partial to riding more contemporary craft, switching to pointier nose quads, twins, and cruisers when the waves suit.
Early in his surfing life Matt would develop a close friendship with legend Bob McTavish, who would become a mentor and major influence in and out of the water. Their relationship is underpinned by a thirst for design and form, so it’s little wonder Matt’s knowledge of surfing history and equipment runs deep. In the water, the similarities in styles are uncanny, although Matt has added a modern flare to a traditionally viewed approach. His surfing is delightful to watch.