The Underdog


For the past five years, Matt Macduff has been one of the very best mountain bike street riders in the world. And while he’s a hero to the small subset of die hard street riders, he’s not yet a household name to most mountain bikers. Maybe they’ve seen one of his collaborations with Mind Spark Cinema - Dreams or Project Breathe Easy - but to most he’s just a brakeless nut job, or worse: a complete unknown.





Taking a time out.
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SOF


Matt Macduff, 24, splits his time between Toronto, Montreal, Barcelona, and a tiny hamlet in Nova Scotia known as Brookfield. There’s a property in Brookfield owned by Jay and Kelley Leil which contains the most progressive riding zone in the world, designed and built by Macduff. The Sanctuary of Fun (SOF) is a Willy Wonka-esque fantasy land of loop de loops and seemingly impossible angles. There are stunts here that exist nowhere else on earth, although we’ve seen some of Macduff’s older designs recreated on other slopestyle courses.



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bigquotesI owe so much to Jay Leil for believing in me and giving me a place to bring my dreams to life. Without Jay I don't know if I would have ever had the chance to express my creativity and become the rider I am today. I am forever thankful to him and his wife Kelley.


Matt Macduff



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Astronaut


Macduff is an innovator in a sport that typically sees incremental changes. The old paradigm of building things slightly farther, steeper, and taller seems quaint in the age of Fest. We’re seeing riders trick freestyle motocross sized jumps, but where’s the creativity? What separates freeride from FMX? Macduff’s vision for the sport seems to defy the laws of physics and he mentioned needing NASA astronaut training to ride the features he’s got planned - literally, he’s worried about the potential of blacking out from the g-force while riding.




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bigquotesI dream up and design everything, but things are getting so large that it takes someone with real structural knowledge to make sure everything is safe and solid. When it comes to anything wood I leave it in the hands of my best friend Marc-Andre 'Marshall' Locat. He is so dedicated and passionate in everything he builds, I wouldn't trust my life to anyone else.


Matt Macduff

bigquotesBuilding with such a creative and freestyle person like Matt is really funny. He imagines crazy stuff and will look at me and just be like 'Yeah man, let's find a way to build it!' Then we will sketch out his idea, and look for a spot in the woods where it could fit. After he starts the excavator, you know things are happening and you're gonna be working 10-12 hour days of freestyle building!


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Waterworld


Macduff’s riding kit is less ‘professional mountain bike athlete’ than it is ‘extra in Waterworld.’ He looks as if he came from a dystopian future to teach us what’s possible on a mountain bike. He looks like the guy your parents wouldn’t let your sister date, or the dude at the centre of every mosh pit at your local dive bar. Macduff, however, is one of the warmest and most instantly likeable humans I’ve ever met. He’s so genuinely enthusiastic about the life he lives that he can’t help but be happy to be alive. One of his favourite lines is, ‘’Best day of my life!’’ And I heard it spoken multiple times, un-ironically, during the shoot. Outside of Brett Tippie, Macduff is the most enthusiastic ambassador for cycling that I’ve met.




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bigquotesThe Claw has always been a hero, but Danny Way inspired a lot of what I've done at SOF. The man is one of the most creative and dedicated dudes in action sports history. Tough as nails, his builds always blew me away! The man defied the odds and dreamed so big he created his own sport (Mega Ramp contests). I don't so much feel a responsibility to 'push the sport' as I feel a deeper calling and burning desire to push my own limits. I am just haunted by my own potential, and if I don't answer, I don't sleep.


Matt Macduff



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WWMD?


On our final day of shooting Matt pulled off one of the most impressive moves I’ve ever seen on a bike. It took him several run ins and a few anxious moments, but he prevailed. I asked how he overcame the fear: ’’Sometimes when I get scared, I just think - What would Zink do?’’ We all know what Zink would do, he’d call his shot and stomp the biggest, baddest move in his path. What we don’t know is what a brakeless street rider from small town Ontario will come up with next. If money and time were no object, what would Macduff do?


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Builder World Tour
World Premiere - Monterey, California, USA - April 17
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - April 23rd
Corvallis, Oregon, USA - April 25th
Mt. Buller, Australia - April 25th
Victoria, BC, Canada - May 6th
Sooke, BC, Canada - May 8th
MSS Bike Park, Quebec, Canada - May 8th
Prince George BC, Canada - May 9th
Vancouver BC, Canada - May 15th
Kaupanger, Norway - May 15th
Kendal, Cumbria, Uk - May 15th
Whistler BC, Canada - May 16th
Mission BC, Canada - May 16th
Squamish BC, Canada - May 17th
Boulder, CO, USA - May 18th
Quadra Island, BC, Canada - May 22nd
Merritt, BC, Canada - May 22nd
Coleman, AB, Canada - May 22nd
Extreme Zone Cycles, Santiago, Chile - May 22nd
Banbridge, Northern Ireland - July 2nd
Cordoba, Argentina - May 22nd
Moscow, Russia - May 22nd
Krakow, Poland - May 22nd
Angelfire Bike Park NM, USA - May 24th
Campbell River, BC, Canada - May 26th
Novato, California, USA - May 29th
Valemount, BC, Canada - May 29th
Rossland, BC, Canada - May 30th
Bristol, England - June 4th
Hood River OR, USA - June 4th
Bracknell, England - June 8th
Revelstoke, BC, Canada - June 11th
Bellingham, WA, USA - June 11th
Penticton, BC, Canada - June 19th
St Louis, MO, USA - June 24th
Koblenz, Germany - June 24th
Silverstar Mountain Resort - June 27th
Glasgow, Scotland - June 27th
Stowe, VT, USA - June 27th
Juneau, AK, USA - June 30
Innsbruck, Austria - July 7th
Canmore, AB, Canada - July 8th
Crankworx Les 2 Alpes, France - July 11th
Monthey, Switzerland - July 11th
Taichung City, Taiwan - July 25th
Tucson, AZ, USA - July 29th


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  • + 75
 This man is amazing on a bike. His segment was definitely the best for last and was the highlight for me.
  • + 12
 Agreed. The final feature and trick were so epic.
  • + 15
 The last feature was insane, but i gotta say i liked that fakie three / three half cab or whatever you call it off that bus drop. I saw a vid of a guy trying to do it off of el toro (20 stair) and almost died, i cant imagine hittin a drop backwards let alone doing a three backwards.
  • + 3
 Same that was sweet
  • + 5
 180 to fakie 180 I think is the right term but what a scary trick... that school bus is so sick and I think that's the closest I've seen to doing a corked 180 on a bike or off when he did that opp 180 in the open loop/ inverted quarter pipe hit... I just realized that MTBing doesn't have terms for half the features and shit he did in his segment, haha.
  • + 1
 It's a half cab 180.
  • + 13
 Actually, it's just a half cab.
  • + 2
 yep half cab and full cab if you do a 360 after the 180
  • + 42
 Haha, "What Would Zink Do?" YT Industries should pick up Matt Macduff. Redbull too, with all these crazy features hes hitting, and building, he needs support.
  • + 21
 Between this and the street edit the other week, wow... This guy is the sensei of all street ninjas...
  • + 21
 How does he find the time to ride while also leading his viking army to conquer the world?
  • + 10
 Mattnar LothMacduf
  • + 14
 Matt is punk rock and a friendly cat at the same time. Sick rider and great guy....but you should see him cook rubber bullets!! (KD Mac and cheese....anybody have that video link? Haven't laughed that hard for a long time!) Rock on MM!!!!
  • + 7
 That's gold Jerry, gold I tell you....
  • + 16
 Matt Macduff must have a wildcard for Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 4
 he doesn't ride comps tho
  • + 4
 Hey if anyone was gonna nail the canyon gap on a hard tail it would be Macduff
  • + 12
 So glad to see MacDuff getting the exposure and respect through Builder.

I remember a few times at Joyride hearing some cat hooting and hollering and having a grand ol' time cruising around the street section and it would always be MacDuff riding behind a smile.

This quote, so good: "I am just haunted by my own potential, and if I don't answer, I don't sleep"
  • + 13
 No New Zealand stops on the Builder world tour?? WTF???
  • + 33
 so why don't you personally host one?
  • + 8
 @Skootur We'd love to have a New Zealand show or two and as @HutchJR said, you're welcome to organize one! We rely on local trail clubs/bike shops to book them, so if you'd like to see Builder in your town then find a venue and send us an email.
  • + 1
 I'd love to but in a town with a population of only about 5 - 7,000 and only about 20 - 30 MTB riders I don't think I could work enough magic to get it done... Frown
  • + 8
 nice article on a rad rider. the reference to not being known struck home with me - a year ago i really had no idea who he was, and then started seeing bits and pieces pop up such as cherrybomb, darkness etc. At first i just thought he was a dude, but his riding now is what blows me away, so good! I really look forward to more of his stuff
  • + 7
 Buy the movie "project breathe easy" i have watched it twenty times and am still blown away!
  • + 1
 Had the pleasure of meeting matt at a contest and he spent easily ten minutes just talking to me about project breathe easy (his sister has cystic fibrosis and I lost a friend to cf) and everything that went into it. He then proceeded to ride part of the slopestyle course backwards, turning stepdowns into stepups, and just effortlessly flowing everything in sight. Awesome guy, awesome rider. I'll be buying a copy of Builder to help support him as much as anyone.
  • + 6
 MM's section was mind blowing. Slopestyle / DJ can easily become stale or uninteresting in movies, but this section was the opposite, with innovative features, tricks, and a couple of characters. Amazing work by Matt, Scott and Marc-Andre!
  • + 6
 Matt is one of the best dudes I know, Its been about 5 years now, Since the opening of Joyride150.
He has time for everyone and still manages to rip the roof off the place Smile

Its an Honour Matt Smile
  • + 4
 "If money and time were no object, what would Macduff do?"

Hey spons, how about you bust out your wallets & get this shit rollin' so we can find out what the Duff would do, huh?

Not yet a household name to most MTBers, yet for me myself personally, nothin' gets me more pumped when I come to Pinkbike than when I see this dude's name on the front page & I bet a lot of others can say the same. He's the rider I'm most hopeful to see sometime at JR150.
  • + 4
 Stoked to have been part of the making of matt's segment, he threw down some crazy shit for sure, that 180 half cab off the bus was one of the crazyiest things I've ever seen, and Matt is hands down one of the nicest people iv ever met, and same with Scott, can't wait to see what sof has in store for this year
  • + 3
 Thanks for all the help @jeffrupert! Such an insane week, so fun.
  • + 4
 Matt is already one of the big ones in of MTB and I think in the future he will be the 'Pasrana' or 'Matt Hoffman' of our sport, but he will be Matt Macduff, the one and only, in his own kind of greatness
  • + 3
 I've had the pleasure of having lunch with Matt a few years back while riding with a group of buddies at Joyride in Markham, Ontario. It was a few months before he was leaving to Nova Scotia to start working on Project Breathe Easy. I can genuinely say he was a really rad guy to chat with and his enthusiasm and passion for freestyle MTB was really clear, he was so excited about his trip and all the plans he had. It's been so awesome to see his projects come to life, and to see articles like this on the front page of Pinkbike. Kudos to Matt for being rad and always pushing the boundaries!
  • + 5
 It's true what that paragraph said, Macduff is honestly one of the nicest, most down to earth people you'll ever meet. He's also absolutely bonkers on a bike. Mad respect
  • + 6
 I started loving Matt when I first saw Review Bazooka, the comparison with Tippie is spot on.
  • + 4
 Man, i hope this dude gets picked dup by some one awesome who just throws cash at him. It would be insane to see what he could do with funding.
  • + 3
 I remember riding with Matt at the Toronto Bike Show years ago, when our biggest tricks were barspins and 360's. Way to go man, you've come a long way, keep going
  • + 4
 only a dozen comments so far...really? this guy is amazing. hats off to you sir
  • + 6
 Matt, call me
  • + 1
 Great read and that was a sick ending segment on Builder! I never heard of him prior to this so it was a real treat! The video and his riding style portrayed him as rugged and raw which is cool. It's funny to hear he's a nice hearted dude. Mad skillz!
  • + 5
 The realest.
  • + 3
 "I am just haunted by my own potential, and if I don't answer, I don't sleep."
Best quote.
  • + 2
 if you like street make sure to follow 'the rise' here on pinkbike. They have tons of good videos featuring matt
  • + 2
 First impression of Matt during Builder: "Shit this guy must get laid a lot"
  • + 2
 Bright future coming up for this bad ass MFer! best segment in the movie for sure
  • + 2
 Best part in builder. Doerfling killed it too
  • + 1
 Beat segment of the film for me for sure. Crazy. It was the only section I rewound to watch again
  • + 2
 Mat, you deserve what's happening to you! Love you brother.
  • + 1
 Great to see what is possible, but still find it unbelievable the skill level of riders now!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Met him at Highland once. Super passionate about riding and an absolute blast to be around.
  • + 1
 MY GOD that cyclone thing, where he's hanging on while his bike bounces away down the landing... ?!?!?! he's insane!!
  • + 2
 And to think all this brake less w t f!!!
  • + 2
 Matt is pure punk rock.
  • + 1
 SOF reminds me of Iguana Ranch. Anyone remember?
  • + 1
 When will the movie be available for purchase on iTunes?
  • + 4
 Tomorrow! Stoked for people to own a copy.
  • + 2
 Sweet I missed the online premier. Can't wait to see it.
  • + 0
 He rides for octane one i think the frame is a spark
  • + 1
 Can someone please tell me what bike he rides?
  • + 1
 He rides for octane one i think the frame is a spark
  • + 1
 I thought so but he hasn't mentioned octane one for such a long time and he isn't even on their list of riders
  • + 1
 Brake less!.... Damn!...
  • + 1
 RAD!
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