Had it not been for a mountain biking uncle almost a decade ago Matt Macduff may very well have spent his life as a horologist, rather than on the hunt for air. Hailing from Claremont, Ontario, the Canadian has been spending the most recent of his 24 years sipping Sangria in Spain and using the city as his personal bike park. It is not only Matt's incredible stoke for riding and his beyond-his-years-maturity that makes us proud to announce his partnership with Pinkbike, but also his drive to create. From Project Breathe Easy to 'the loop' - Matt dreams up, designs, and initiates the majority of his projects. We are excited to be along for the ride with someone this talented and driven.


JUST THE BEGINNING


How did you discover your love of biking?
I truly feel like it discovered me, I’ve always had a deep love for anything on two wheels. My old man got me addicted to action sports right from the get go, and ever since then I’ve been hunting for air, but it was when my uncle introduced me to mountain bikes that everything changed. I had found my tool to live in the present. When I’m on my bike there’s nothing else and it feels like anything is possible. I swear every time I come back from a ride I feel like I just left an all-inclusive 5-star resort.

What types of action sports did your dad introduce you to before you found mountain biking? What sport is he passionate about?
I was so lucky as a kid; I had so many opportunities to do cool things. My old man was super into motor sports, anything to do with cars and motorcycles. He was super talented too, but never had it in him to pursue his passion. He introduced me to a lot of different things as soon as I was big enough to do them, he taught me to send it for the boys! When I got a little older my parents divorced, so he wasn’t around to much, but luckily I got the best mum in the world, she really helped me stay on track and do my thing, even to this day!

PBE - Nova Scotia
Project Breathe Easy

Who has influenced your freestyle career the most?
Probably The Claw [Darren Berrecloth], he was always pushing the sport and doing his own thing, no matter what else was happening in the industry. He’s a wise man with a textbook career and is always looking out for our sport.

In his early days he inspired me and after watching him, mountain biking became the coolest thing on planet earth to me. I hope to one day light that same spark in someone else.
Why be a Pinkbike athlete?
Who doesn’t want to ride for the best website in the world?

In all honesty I’ve been a user of the site since I discovered my love for MTB back in 2006, I built my career on this site, so Its only makes sense. I love my sport and I wanna share it with the world, could you think of a better platform?

How do you find your personality influences your riding style?
I’m really not sure. I think my personality is my personality and my riding style is my riding style. Both are constantly changing, growing, and influencing each other.

My Personality definitely affects my builds though. I truly believe that nothing is impossible and if you can dream it, you can do it. If you’re not scared of what other people think, and you truly believe in yourself, with a little bit of hard work and perseverance you can accomplish anything.
Cherrybomb Barcelona images
Midnight Malice video shoot
Matt Macduff
Photo by Julien Grimard
Taking a time out.

What do you do when you’re not riding bikes?
When I’m not on my bike, I like to hang out with bad asses; people who are inspiring and do cool stuff, or take a lunch date with a cute friend, or stay home and clean up mom’s house. Sometimes I’ll take the odd construction job for some extra cash and more building experience. I play a lot of music and jam with friends, but most of the time when I’m not on my bike I’m working on a crazy bike project, answering emails, or dreaming up the next feature of doom to keep the kids stoked.

What instruments do you play? What kind of music?
I’m all about the keys, and vocals! But you can catch me playing all sorts of stuff. I’m always jamming with the boys at The Rise HQ, rock n’ roll mostly. We’re actually starting a band! We wrote our first song this winter and plan on doing couple shows this summer around Montreal.

Nothing blows the stress off like a jam with the boys.

What are some of your top biking highlights?
Project Breathe Easy for sure! I mean to come up with an idea for a project and see it through to the end is just an incredible feeling. Building and riding my first Open Loop, becoming friends with my idols, having kids ask to do school projects on me – I mean the list goes on, and keeps getting better and better.
Matt getting serious air on the quarter
Builder Movie.
Matt MacDuff s Project Breathe Easy. Starring Matt MacDuff Aaron Chase Anthony Messere Logan Peat and Sam Reynolds.

I understand Project Breathe Easy was a very personal project for you, can you tell me more about it?
It would be my pleasure. Project Breathe Easy is an action sports film for Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is no joke, it effects over 4000 Canadians and takes at least one life every week. I have a younger sister with this horrible disease, and it sucks. She feels terrible everyday, but still does her thing, and it’s truly inspiring.

The idea came to me after a long time on the road, when I came back I couldn't help but notice a big decline in my sisters health. That hurt, so I decided I would try to do something to help. I love mountain bike films, so I thought what If I could make my own with some friends and give all the money away to benefit CF research? I spoke with Nic Genovese from Mind Spark Cinema and he believed in me right away. My good friend from Halifax, Jason Liel, had some land and all of the pieces of the puzzle feel together. By no means was it easy. I was really up against the odds, but just like my sister I put my head down and tried my hardest everyday.

My fight with Project Breathe Easy may be over, but there are a lot of people out there like my sister who are climbing mountains everyday. Don’t forget it, especially when you think your having a rough day. Although my project was a success, I’m not satisfied, and I’m looking to do something bigger and more profound in the future. Project Breathe Easy Teaser
Moonrise barspin
Picture by Alex Bivol


MATT'S CUSTOM PINKBIKE HELMET:
When Matt had the opportunity with Pinkbike to customize his helmets, he decided on wolves as the main theme. Why? Because he admires the perseverance of the animal - something he relates to in his own career.


Matt MacDuff s custom Pinbike helmet by Painthouse Customs.
Matt Macduff s custom Pinkbike helmet.
Matt Macduff s custom Pinkbike helmet.
Matt MacDuff s custom Pinbike helmet by Painthouse Customs.
Matt Macduff s custom Pinkbike helmet.
Matt Macduff s custom Pinkbike helmet.
Matt Macduff s custom Pinkbike helmet.
Matt Macduff s custom Pinkbike helmet.
Builder Movie.

What does a typical day look like for you?
When I’m in shred mode I wake up around 9, do around 30 - 60 min of yoga, cook up a mean breakfast, drink some fine Chinese tea, answer some emails, and then go shred with some friends and stack some clips! Basically just make the most of the day and enjoy life as much as possible. Remember, everyday is another day in paradise.

How do you deal with injuries and recovery time?
When I get hurt my world stops. It sucks.

I usually lock myself in a room for the first two weeks and don’t leave the house. I quite drinking any form of alcohol and just do what ever it takes to get better as soon as possible. It can be hard on your head, no one cares about you when your not out there killing it, and you start to get a glimpse of what life is like without your bicycle. Getting hurt can take you to a dark place.
Athletes are use to exercising their strengths. You get use to taking risks and coming out on top all the time, so when you loose it can be devastating. That being said twenty fractures later and I can say that each one was worth it and made me a better, stronger person.

Twenty fractures? Which bones?
Four collarbones, both feet twice, right leg in four places, both wrists twice, a couple fingers, most of my toes, and the list goes on. But in all honestly I’ve been very lucky; I’ll take a fracture over ligament damage any day! You have got to pay to play.
Matt Macduff - Open Loop title image 3

Tell me about your loop de loop project. Where did the idea come from and why is it important to you?
The loop thing is weird man. It’s like the idea discovered me. I was looking for a way to improve the roller, a way to get more speed on a flat service so I could build bigger jumps. In Ontario, and on the east coast in general, we just don’t have the same terrain. When I saw Bob Burnquist do the first open loop in the modern age it melted my mind. I thought ‘could you do that on a bike?’ I couldn’t believe no one else had! So I built mine, then a bigger one, and then I felt like it was time to build my first loop.

I can’t tell you what’s to come, but I can tell you that you’re not ready for it – you’re already two years behind.

Open Loop

Who are your sponsors and how do they align with who you are and what your professional goals are?
I don’t have the most sponsors but I can truly say that I believe in 100% in every brand I represent. So many guys are out there selling there souls to brands that just don’t get it, I’d rather go work in an office than represent a brand that’s not making a positive impact on my sport.

My sponsors support me and provide me with a platform to excel, because they believe in me; not just as a rider, but as person too. What more could athlete ask for?

As of now I represent The Rise, Kali Protectives, Pinkbike, Sensus and Fox Suspension.

One love guys, you’re the best!

Matt Macduff
Matt Macduff
Matt Macduff



Describe your last year/season.
Just the beginning.

What are you doing in Spain? How is the Sangria?
I moved to Barcelona, Spain because it’s one of the best places in the world for a guy like me. The city is a skate park and some of Europe's biggest, baddest DJ’s are only a short train ride away. It’s heaven on earth. I just wrapped up a 100% urban edit for Kali Protectives and The Rise. It’s going to be sick! Louis Lhomel was sent over for two weeks, and we put in a lot of work.

After wrapping up a project like this, Sangria never tasted so good, that’s for sure!

What are your goals this year? How are you making them happen?
This is going to be the biggest year of my life, people are finally starting to believe in me and I’m not about to let them down. What is even crazier is that I’m starting to believe in myself. I want to blow the doors off what we think is possible in slopestyle, and build a course so progressive that it brings on a new generation of athlete, one ready to take our sport into the main stream media.
I’m working hard everyday, it’s the only way you can get things down anymore. My goals are bigger then ever, but so is my ambition to accomplish them, its full speed or no speed, and all the chips are on the table.


Builder Movie.
Builder Movie.

What would you be doing if you had never learned to ride a bike?
I’d probably be back in the clock shop, a fully trained horologist following in the footsteps of my Grandfather, a ‘successful’ textbook young adult. Look what my bike did to me...


bigquotesIt's always a good idea to surround yourself with people who embody similar core values, and it's even better when those people help push those ideals further than you ever could have on your own. Macduff is one of those people - he seems to be able to be inspirational in his every waking moment. Matt and I have worked together on and off now for over 10 years now and it's been a privilege to watch him come up. He is one of a kind and we're stoked to continue support him. Expect to see more amazing things from Macduff in the near future! - Julian Coffey, Pinkbike


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  • 83 1
 get this dude some sponsors!!! dude shreds just as hard, if not harder, than so many of the over sponsored riders out there!!!
  • 15 8
 I think u dont understand, how sponsorship works Wink
  • 10 3
 Amount of sponsorship usually is directly linked to its revenue. Semenuk= 3 x RB JR Winner, Huge film segments and his own film, apparently very good to work with and has big networks. That's why he has sh*t ton's of sponsors and gets paid a lot.
Then you have people like McDuff. Matt= Film segments and a couple of video's. He's an amazing rider but a company will probably prefer to sponsor somebody who does more than that.

In the words of Darren Berreclough last year: ''Just cuz you're a good rider, doesn't mean you should get sponsored. It takes a lot more than that. You need to know people an be very sociable.''

Either way Matt is f*cking sick
  • 3 13
flag Hyperx (Jun 22, 2015 at 3:41) (Below Threshold)
 @HutchJR If u are REALLY good rider and can do tricks in competition too, not only in your training spot, u get sponsored.
Matt have only some sick film segments...He isnt competing. And yes, many people know him just from street videos,and its sad-this people just didnt watch some real street riding(redbull edit from Garrett is great example),not parody...
But last years Matt have some good film segments in Breathe Easy and Builder,when he ride MTB actually like it must be.
  • 2 0
 I thought that he was sponsored by Norco for awhile there?
  • 5 2
 I feel Will White is a good example of this as well. Competing in Red Bull Rampage and riding a janky bike that seems like it is 15 years old already.
  • 5 0
 Oh welcome unholy one! I salute you!
  • 14 0
 We agree @JeffHall124. Macduff is not only a shredder, but he's a great guy, who happens to produce lots of good content. He also tests our products to maximum and provides solid feedback. He's exactly the type of guy you want to sponsor.
  • 1 0
 Yo, Hutch. Knowing people NEVER means someone SHOULD get sponsored. As for sociable, Duff & Sem' are probably my top two jump guys to get fired up over. Do I really need to make a comparison between which one seems more "sociable"? That comment coming from Claw is even more questionable because he's arguably more like Sem' in terms of his focus & demeanor. Matt Mac is more like C-Mac. C'mon!

NO ONE else that I know of made a rad video & donated all the money made to a charity.

Duffy just needs time. He's one of the raddest things goin' & everyone's noticing. Time for a frame sponsor to step up!
  • 69 0
 More Review Bazooka please!
  • 13 0
 Yessss! This x 1000000000000!!!! Matt is hilarious. You get such a jolt of positivity whenever he's on the screen!
  • 1 0
 I'll take Nimble's 1000000000000 & square it. That review was the best review EVER!!!
  • 42 1
 Congrats Matt!!! Possibly the most stoked and creative individual on a bike. Keep on being heavier than metal! \m/
  • 4 1
 \m/ e e \m/
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  • 32 0
 "When I’m not on my bike, I like to hang out with bad asses"

Don't we all.
  • 7 0
 he got good moves,he got good looks,but ended up with bad asses,sorry for that
  • 21 1
 i didnt read the article, i just saw the pictures. This is a Cologne ad right.....CK1?
  • 4 0
 He looks like that bad ass viking on tv already.
  • 4 0
 "you’re not ready for it – you’re already two years behind…"
  • 23 1
 Does this means more review bazooka?
  • 19 0
 I don't always watch dirt jump or street riding videos, but when I do, they are by Matt Mcduff
  • 19 0
 More review bazooka!
  • 16 0
 Does this mean we get MORE Review Bazooka? Matt is the reason why I actually bought a pair of Bigfoot Pedals.
  • 3 0
 Matt told me the skateboards dudes were ready to KILL after he ripped up the plastic ledge, and he knew it was going to happen to!
  • 9 0
 this is awesome! matt's always kind of flown under the radar whilst doing some of the gnarliest shit that can be done on a bike (with no brakes even!). so sick to see him getting some support. theres not many people who makes me as stoked to go ride as matt does and i don't even ride street or dj (just trail and dh). his stoke is infectious. rock on bro. chur
  • 10 0
 Amazing partnership kicking off here!
  • 11 0
 More bazooka!!!
  • 6 0
 Congrats Mr MacDuff!! Your dedication and passion for the awesomely gnar has now opened up a brand new door Smile Which hopefully leads to even more awesomliestful gnarliciousness. Cheers and thanks for always totally sending it dude!!
  • 11 0
 Review Bazooka
  • 3 0
 Awesome to see this collaboration! Matt is really a pioneer for street riding, really taking it to the next level in every possible way. Can't wait to see what projects he's up to right now which he is being so quite about Smile
  • 6 0
 Congrats PB! This makes total sense. Props for supporting a guy who's pushing the envelope.
  • 11 7
 hate to sound like a dick but I really thought a pink bike article would spell check and grammar check a little better. sweet article though, way to go man!
  • 5 1
 Pinkbike appears to be in denial over that issue.
  • 1 7
flag TigerNF (Jun 22, 2015 at 4:18) (Below Threshold)
 grammar check, grammar check, grammar check get a f*cking life, this is not the 50'. You care about content???? You should.
  • 1 5
flag TigerNF (Jun 22, 2015 at 4:19) (Below Threshold)
 yea let PB hire someone to grammar check instead of a new photo dude or writer, wouldn't that be nice? omg
  • 6 2
 who the fuck cares about grammar when Matt MacDuff.
  • 4 0
 So Wicked. Matt deserves every bit of the exposure he has and deserves to get a ton more. Great dude, sick riding. What more do you want sponsors?
  • 5 0
 Thought he already was! Surprised he's not sponsored by more.
  • 1 0
 yeah true he deserves it with his insanity and good attitude
  • 5 0
 By far my favorite rider to watch. Keep killing it dude!!!
  • 5 0
 fantastic. way to step up and support a true original pink bike
  • 6 0
 Buy this guy a beer
  • 1 0
 its crazy, this dude really came out of nowhere and has progressed more than I grasp. He went from slightly average to pro in the span of 3 years. I remember seeing him around Ottawa at least 5 years ago, he was ridding with a few Dobermann riders if I remember correctly. He wasn't anything to look at back then, but now you can tell he has put his entire life into it, and holy shit has he ever taken it to the next level.
  • 1 0
 edit
  • 1 0
 Ah to be a good lookin young american shredder in Barcelona - the Heinas must be swarming. Enjoy it while it lasts and may it last til you're 53. Always like watching the ride and keep those keys making atmospheric post-black metal.
  • 4 0
 That head-on pic of his helmet looks absolutely sick.
  • 3 0
 Ya macduff! .... So much skill super rad dude. Bring the rise to vancouver island yo!
  • 4 0
 Matt is punk rock. Well done PB. Nice work, Matt.
  • 5 0
 YEAH MATT!!!!
  • 5 1
 Oh he's pretty, I'd totally tap that..!!
  • 4 0
 All those vids are so sick! I've watched the Kali one so many times!
  • 4 0
 that Fullface Helmet is pimpin !
  • 3 0
 Matt definitely deserves this; he's absolutely insane and doesn't give a crap! I mean he rode a full loop
  • 3 0
 Where can we mere mortals get that helmet? Im not a badass yet but im drinkin milk.
  • 2 0
 Well deserved, Project Breathe Easy is one of my favorite all time films, the progression in his building is what the sports needs.
  • 2 0
 This dude is an animal. Stoked to see him getting the recognition he deserves! IMO he is one of the most talented riders in the history of mtbing.
  • 4 0
 Matt rocks!! Good move Pinkbike!!
  • 4 0
 'BOUT TIME!
  • 2 0
 Hells yeah, this is the best! Go Matt! Hopefully this will net us a whole swag of new videos and some more street edits! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Great to see Matt getting help from Pinkbike, he has made me want to move to Barcelona!!!!!!! Will buy you a beer Matt when see you in Barcelona
  • 2 0
 what I think Matt will build nexthttps://m.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/32zv2b/nailed_it
  • 2 0
 Congratz! Amazing rider and builder, well deserved!!
  • 2 0
 He's got pinkbike up the MacDuff!
  • 3 0
 That PB helmet is dope
  • 1 3
 easy tiger, very stoked on the content, not yours though, seems a little redundant. If pink bike is going to sponsor rider's, you would assume that they would at least care enough to edit their own stories instead of just copying and pasting whatever matt said in some e-mail. They seem pretty good at writing reviews, you would think showcasing athletes would take the same priority if not way higher of one. But hey, you're a rider in Denmark and I just work in the industry in Vancouver, what the heck do I know about professionalism. Nothing better then reading articles about people actually living the sport/life. Way better then bike reviews (though very much appreciated). Dude the 50's were sweet, that shit was the golden era of the 20th century. Grow up. Pretty sure I said "sweet article though, way to go man!". If PB users hate grammar so much then they can stop reading and keep riding bikes, that shit's sweet too! But lets not lower ourselves and pretend literacy is something to scoff at.
  • 2 0
 Definition of "Canadian Bad ASS!"
  • 1 0
 Dude is the real deal. Im sure big things are in his future. Great out look, personality and amazing riding.
  • 2 0
 Nice work Pinkbike!
  • 2 0
 Bout damn time
  • 2 0
 matt how u so sick
  • 2 1
 I'm pretty bad ass.....jus sayn.
  • 2 1
 Straight up, McDuff is a dream boat.
  • 1 0
 get him on the review team, he is hilarious
  • 2 1
 Is Matt still riding Octane Ones?
  • 1 0
 nope hes not with them anymore
  • 2 0
 whats he riding now?
  • 2 0
 Mad Macttuff
  • 1 0
 Please sell those helmets to the public!
  • 1 0
 That's good news ! he is a street killer !!!
  • 1 0
 I would like to see macduff on something like Drop In
  • 1 0
 Best news of the year PB!!! You made the right call!!!!
  • 3 4
 He should do some downhill and join in on the fest series, would be a great character
  • 1 0
 Good stuff, good stuff.
  • 1 0
 MAN!!!Handsome!
  • 1 0
 Nice helmet design...
  • 1 0
 Movin up brotherman!
  • 1 0
 awesome to hear!
  • 1 0
 Kraft dinner.
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