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...
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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.
Dirt/street/park? 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.
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!
All awesome video thanks to Justin Browne: justbmx.pinkbike.com/channel/Justins-Videos/ 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!