MAT HOFFMAN – REAL EXTREME!
The world-famous athlete Matt Hoffman – a representative of the extreme discipline BMX – at the age of 14 was already known as a popular personality among colleagues, and at 19 he was officially recognized as “his” in professional sports.
By the age of 18, Mat became perhaps the most popular rider in the world, not only speaking at competitions and supporting other young people, but also making films and creating computer games. So, in 2001, the first series of the popular game ‘Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX’ was released. Together with other athletes, Matt made several films, including ‘Keep Your Eyes Open’, ‘Ultimate X’, as well as several episodes of the popular American show ‘Jackass’.
Born in 1972 in the American city of Oklahoma City, Mat was considered an active adventurer from an early age. Stormy imagination led the boy to the roof — then, to jump from there to the pool, then to the trampoline, where he performed acrobatic sketches that were not accessible to many adults. But just sitting behind the wheel of a bicycle, Hoffman realized that this was his apparatus, and that the two-wheeled contraption was not just a means of transportation, but a tool for realizing his ideas within the vert-ramp, to which Mat had first arrived at age 11. Only three years will pass, and a brave teenager will become part of the Skyway Recreation BMX team, whose members will note in Hoffman his bright individualism, fearlessness and constant willingness to fantasize in the air for a couple with a bicycle.
1991 Mat meets the rank of a real BMX sports star, the creator of dozens of incredible stunts and complex figures for performances. Along with sporting achievements, the guy also impresses with entrepreneurial abilities in terms of promoting his favorite occupation. He is the founder of two companies with strictly limited areas of activity: one is engaged in the promotion of young athletes, and the second produces bicycle parts for BMX developed by Matt himself. Hoffman is also the initiator of the Bicycle Stunt Series competition, where novice riders showed the audience and potential sponsors everything they could.
More than once, Matt Hoffman won at the X-Games – the most prestigious tournaments in the world of “sports on the edge” – so desired by everyone who considers himself a true extreme player. Mat himself never felt sorry for himself, trying to achieve his goal no matter what, and ignoring the pain and injuries, which Hoffman has more than 50! However, the rider considers this a part of the profession and a completely natural addition to fame and titles. In 1996, the athlete was honored to participate in the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, held in his home country – the United States. This event in itself is very significant for each representative of any of the sports disciplines.
Hoffman has a rich track record in cinema. Matt has over 20 films on his account, where, basically, he “plays” himself, thereby, once again, advertising the adored BMX. Moreover, this turns out even for the rider in the field of virtual entertainment: in 2001 the computer game “Mat Hoffman PRO BMX” was released – especially for those gamers who would like to perform a couple of tricks from the Hoffman arsenal and feel like a cool bike rider without fear real fractures and bruises.
The year 2005 was special for Mat. He was elected president, that is, the first person of the International Federation of BMX riders, which accordingly entrusted Hoffman with the duty to uphold the rights of this extreme sport all over the planet and, at the same time, to popularize it already on a global scale. And, as you know, this task will always be a priority for Matt, who seems to only think about BMX prospects around the clock (well, and a little more about Cadillac cars, whose passionate Hoffman fan is). Therefore, you can not worry about discipline – it is in the safe hands of a person who has dedicated BMX to everything he has – career, health, life.