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Matthew Macduff - Interview

Feb 25, 2010
by Anton U.  
It's not everyday on the East coast of Canada that you can say your from a town in which a local pro was raised. However Ontario has been producing many sick riders lately like Logan Peat, Frankie Vass, Andrew Bigelow etc. However in the streets of my little suburban town, Matthew Macduff was raised. This man has a great attitude and lots of energy. He first started off by inspiring everyone in my town, including myself, and is now very well known in our province. Thankfully because of our new local bike park, Joyride 150, I was able to see him again for possibly what may be the last time before he's busy riding awesome spots in different towns and inspiring other kids. If you have seen his name or videos before and you're like, who is this dude? Then read on...

Read on for more, photos, videos inside!Who are you?
I am a no good, biking riding, long haired, girlfriend loven, video game playing, movie watching, joken, little sister bugging, good timing, dirty rotten scoundrel!

Matthew Macduff - Marc Landry Photo

Is bicycle riding fun?
Is powning noobs on COD6 fun? YES, man biking for me is more than fun, there is no way you can do it and not have fun. Man just dropping in a quarter pipe is fun, and when you got a bunch of quarter pipes to drop in on and a shit load of funny friends to do it with, you’re on a whole other level!

What is your riding style?
My ridding style... Mmm...I would say I have a street BMX style, but on a MTB, I think because I ride with a lot of bmxers, and watch a lot of their videos, it rubs off so to speak.

Before biking you had a skate boarding phase, what made you start biking?
Yah I used to skate, I skated for like 3 years before I started riding. I remember when I was younger I went out west with my family, and I had an uncle who lived there, he had a 2004 Kona Stuff. He got me on that thing and I had 40 times more fun doing endows in the driveway than kick flips, so when I got home I saved up my money and bought a 2005 Kona Stuff with the Hayes 9 brakes, and things went from there.

Most vivid childhood memory of you doing something you knew was wrong?
Throwing rocks at my grandparent's neighbor's shed windows, that’s all I can think of, I don't really have any vivid childhood memories to begin with, it’s all a blur of goodness!

Dipped 3 spine - Marc Landry Photo

You are now switching to 26’s, but why did you choose to ride 24’s for the longest time?
I don't really know, to tell you the truth, I have just always been ridding them and never thought anything of it, but know that I think about it...I remember a profit sent from the MTB gods who came to me 4 years ago when I was a young man and said “son...that MTB is way too big for you, and you lack the strength to show it who is boss, change to 24s and work hard, and when you are ready for the 26s I will come to you”. I just got a call from him, and we met at Starbucks for a moko rideo low cafe grande' and he told me that it is time to complete my destiny and shred 26s!

A few years ago you were hit by a car while riding, how did that change your riding?
When I got hit by that drunk driver, it changed not only my riding but my life, it made me realize that life is too short and we must live each day to the fullest, no matter what other people think. After that accident I became a new person, a new rider. I started to live how I wanted to live, dress how I wanted to dress, ride how I wanted to ride. I no longer rode because I wanted to be cool or really good or to pass the time, I ride because it's so much fun, and the day I ride and it's not fun is the day I stop, and with out my accident I never would have been able to come to that conclusion. It’s all about the fun.

Street! There is nothing better than ridding a cool, new, FREE street spot.

Your dream dirt/street/park spot?
I could never be able to right it down, but it would be full of unique objects, extremely tight and hard to ride.

Tuck no on the jump line - Marc Landry Photo

In grade 8 you got a MVP in basketball, what happened with that?
Nothing happened with that haha, I don't understand why I got that till this day. I am probably the worst basket ball player on this planet!

Big flips or big whips?
BIG WHIPS, Tail whips are like 40 million times harder than back flips, it took me 3 tries to learn how to back flip, it took me 2 YEARS to dial in my tail whips and I still miss them sometimes! I have never understood why people are so into back flips, like a 360 is harder than a back flip. Now if were talking about front flips here, that’s a hole other story, front flips are the shit! If you can front flip you are a real man haha because they are SO hard, and SO sweet. But when it comes down to it whips crush flips, unless it’s a front flip.

Barspin on quarter to bank transfer - Marc Landry Photo

Some people in your video comments dislike that you do a lot of barspins, why do you really like doing them?
Well if anyone can bar spin they already know why, they are hands down the most fun trick! The only thing more fun is 2 bar spins hahaha, and that’s why I do them, because they’re fun. I think people who put those comments on the videos can't bar spin because if they could then they would know how much fun they are and be like 'sick!' hahaha. I only do tricks that I find fun to do, but on the contrary I fully understand those people who don't like all my bar spins because I do, do a lot of them, lol, and I’m trying to cut down but they’re just soooo good. They’re like the sweetest candy and I’m a rich fat kid who wants to eat them all...and I want to apologize to all of the skinny poor kids who miss out lol. But I think when it comes down to it. I think they secretly like my bar spins or they wouldn't watch my videos.

JoyRide edit #1 - Justin Browne video
Views: 49,525    Faves: 1,120    Comments: 239

If you could do a trick that hasn’t been done yet what would it be?
I think I would probably like to do a double truck off a really big drop, even though it’s been done on a BMX. Or a double back flip...

How do you practice/ get better?
Mmmm...I find the best way to get better is just forget about the getting better part, and do more of the practice part hahaha. I find that the only way to improve is to DO WORK! Which means practice, practice, practice, and discover the secret formula which the gods of MTB have interested me with to share with all of you is...? NBD+DW/F+F+T= BETTERNESS!

What makes you want to go bigger and do bigger tricks?
That’s a good question...I’m not to sure what it is, I think it’s that feeling you get once you have done something new, or big. The feeling that puts you on the top of the world, the high that is bike riding I guess.

One of JoyRide's rules is that you must have at least one break. Why complain? Be creative! - Marc Landry Photo

Your biggest accomplishment?
Becoming a man...

How was the '09 season?
My '09 season was awesome! This was my first year I got to travel and be a part of the MTB seen. I got my first sponsor; DOBERMANN BIKES, and met a whole bunch of awesome people, who I am so happy to have met. I have doubled in skill and my fun levels have hit new heights too! I can't wait to see what 2010 has in store.

Best memory/moment of 09?
Going to my high school graduation in a bright orange tux.

Your biggest inspiration?
I would have to say Garrett Reynolds, Mich Plonka, and Darren Berrecloth.

What movie and TV show do you think you would fit in best if you got to live in it?
Movie: AvaTar, not as a human.
TV Show: Jersey shore

Barspin spine - Marc Landry Photo

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would have the power to read/control minds. That would be crazy think about how much fun you could have! No one could kick you out of any street spot, that’s what I’m talking about! Or flight that would just be sweetly awesome!

Naked mole rat or fighting chicken?
Pregnant ostrich?

What is your current bike set-up?
I have a SICK BIKE right now man. I got a Doberman Pinscher 21.5 TT, Atom Lab; Pimplight wheels, stem, bars, pedals, hubs, Profile cranks, and an old 2004 Sherman Gold Label!

The man and the bike. - Marc Landry Photo

What is your dream car?
I would love to have an old 1937 ford pick up; completely redone and turned into a rat rod...that’s what I am talking about! Oh yah with a bike rack too.

Excited for 2010?
OH YA! All I can say is that my life is getting expansionally sweeter every year. So that means that next year (if my math is correct) is going to be way sicker than this last year, so I’m pumped! I have got some great friends, girl friend, and family and I can't wait to spend 2010 with them all, it's going to be sweet!

Any big plans/goals?
Yah I’m going to Europe with Mich P, and Jeremy Mandoome in the spring, can't wait!

Why do you like mustaches so much?
A thick mustache is a sign of a real man. You never mess with a guy with a dam thick mustache, because he will probably go all Chuck Norris on your behind. Also have you ever seen the movie Hot Rod...my favorite movie and probably the best movie ever made, I quote...“Frank, all great men have mustaches” which is so true, for example... MLK Jr. had a mustache, Mohandas GANDHI had a mustache, Michael Jordan had a mustache, and this last great man had possibly the HUGEST MUSTACHE ever seen on this planet...Count Otto von Bismarck, who Unified Germany, defeated the Austrian Empire, defeated France (when that was still a big deal), destroyed socialism in Central Europe...Try doing all that with out a mustache... Do I have to go on...

The filmer of all of Matt's sweet edits: Justin Browne - Marc Landry Photo

Filming awesomeness! - Marc Landry Photo

Any shoot outs and thank yous?
Yah, I want to say thank you, most of all to my parents, and my beautiful girl friend who supports me no matter what I do, Dobermann Bikes who have helped me a lot this year, my riding buddies for making me do things I don't always want to, the people who watch my videos, AtomLab for all the support, my new relationship starting up with fox, and the MTB gods. Also thanks for this opportunity - Cheers!

JoyRide edit #2 - Justin Browne video
Views: 8,521    Faves: 194    Comments: 35

All awesome photos thanks to Marc Landry at Fasttimes Inc.

All awesome video thanks to Justin Browne:

Joyride 150
If you haven't checked this place out yet, you're missing out! 90,000 sq/ft indoor park with something for everyone. From beginners to intermediate riders or from xc riders to bmxers you'll find something that will keep you having fun until you can't ride anymore. Free Wi-Fi, lounge area, foam pit, and more, located in Markham, Ontario!

Check it out at www.joyride150.com.

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  • 9 0
 i know i only comment on your barspins as sarcasm as i have witnessed the awesomeness first hand, and cause i suck at them... i think your barspins would grow a mustache if they could
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 that guys the shit man Big Grin and i know what he means about bars there the funnest trick, i do them far to much, this guys 1 of my new fav riders for sure
  • 8 0
 Just a front break?
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 Matt is my insparation to ride despite his accident and all the hatters i still enjoy his style more than anyone else, looked up to him as a rider and enjoyed his amazing attitude good job on the interview man
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 Actually framkie moved to London when he as 16/17.....he used to ride bmx....my buddy larry and I gave him rides to rail city (now industry) all the time. We used to shred the barracks all the time. He's originally from the Coquitlam area in the lower mainland of bc if I remember correctly.
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 Ooo wasn't aware of that. That's pretty interesting, sorry about that. Braaap (Y) At least he's got a little bit of Ontarioness in him and progressed here too.
  • 5 0
 Inspiration for me. Can't wait till the snow melts, i skipped school today to ride my basement because of this.
  • 4 1
 Love the front brake....
Never thought about doing it that way, but it's brilliant...
Can you ride front only w/o a mustache?
  • 3 0
 Thats My Inspiration i love to bar matt is one of the sickest things out there on MTB
  • 4 1
 Sick dude! can' wait till it gets front page.

...Teach me how to grow a worthy mustache?
  • 2 0
 Matt f*cking kicks ass
  • 2 1
 Matt has such a great attitude towards riding! It's great to see him get some exposure!
  • 2 0
 one of the best interviews I have ever read. Way to go, Matt, keep on shreddin! All us west-coasties are jealous.
  • 1 0
 Matt you are a hot rod so sick so smooth
you seriously make everything look so easy and flowy
here is a video clip of Matt on a dh bike www.pinkbike.com/video/124410
  • 1 0
 very much, thank you Smile
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 driving there this summer i hope!
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 whats up with the front brake only?
  • 1 0
 Joyride 150 requires that all bikes have atleast one functional brake, and some people who normally ride brakeless prefer it on the front
  • 4 0
 This guys a legend!! Barspins are the shitt Smile
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 for real you shred matt fuckin R-hill represent
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 From a logical standpoint changing to 26" wheels is only going to hinder your riding if you are a street/park bmx style rider. For street and park 20" is the way forward and if you ride a mtb then 24" as smaller wheels are much better suited.
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 He also does ride dirt too though, so I can understand why he would make the switch.
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 24 dirt is just as good if not better then 26.
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 the only reason he has a front brake is because its obligatory for that indoor park, and he prob just wanted to have fun, instead of just a rear...
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 Dude that was sick! you are awesome as, and your barspins are the shit! Smile
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 They’re like the sweetest candy and I’m a rich fat kid who wants to eat them all..
LOL You rock!!!
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 "Tail whips are like 40 million times harder than back flips" ...that's true
  • 3 0
 uhhhh, frankie's from bc....
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 woooooo narly interview
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 Sick interview Matt! And sick riding but I don't have to tell you that haha
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 crazy good man, good luck on those 26's. In the slowmo shots i can now see the key to your barspin steeze, your a busdriver'er.
  • 2 0
 yeah TWO 6. bitch. he s good
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 Sickk! What a guy! and i can only hop barspin but they are sooo fun!
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 although i can only land barspins in a manual, i must agree on how fun they are...and i like that mr. macduff does them alot
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 the front brake idea is good, probably alot better than jamming your foot in the gap :L. i don't know why people complain about bar spins:P i would love to be able to do them :L
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 good job man big insperation to me love your riding style
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 Fuck, he has sold out.....stupid 26, they will probably make him ride dirt jumps all the time now and star in shit films like NWD.
  • 2 0
 he used to only ride dirt..
  • 1 0
 dude you inspire me that much Razz awesum vid!
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 Matt is a super rocking fun dude who's always smiling.
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 dude is good.
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 That was beautiful to read! I feel proud to be Matt's friend Smile
  • 1 1
 yeeeee Matt frontflips are the shitt haha. good job buddy you inspire me to keep riding bikes good luck this season
  • 1 0
 Best interview everrrrr, can't wait to see more from him
  • 1 0
 Agreed ^^ totally the greatest interview evaaaaa! XD
  • 1 0
 all great men have mustaches- Adolf Hiltler
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 awesome interview and glad he 26 now
  • 1 0
 sweet! good job matt!
  • 1 0
 Nice job Anton and Matt!
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 only a front brake? first time i have seen that
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 matt is such a BOSS
  • 1 3
 only front brake? never seen that before...
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