Matt has lived much of his life outside, starting on his first camping trip before his first birthday. He grew up hiking, biking and climbing (and falling off) things but fell in love with kayaking whilst getting beaten up in the storm blown surf on Devon’s coastline. He quickly fell into freestyle using his background as a gymnast to master three dimensional kayaking moves.
Matt enjoyed success at competitive freestyle representing Great Britain at World and European championships and earning several podium places at international competitions in freestyle and extreme racing.
His adventurous side soon took his attention away from competition while he explored wild rivers of Scandinavia and the Himalayas notching up some difficult first descents on the way.
For over a decade Matt explored, paddled, skied, climbed and biked all over the globe in search of adventure, and in later years shared his experience with others, guiding private kayaking clients and youth groups on white water rivers and mountains all over the world, teaching steep creeking for the Gene17 kayaking tour firm and was the founder of the BCU’s Youth Freestyle series.
Matt now works as an environmental consultant but is still running expeditions in his spare time.
“I’ve always loved kayaking for the thrills and excitement of moving water, and the adventure that was made possible by travelling with a kayak.
What I didn’t realise at the time was that the experiences that I had would have such
a positive impact on my life, and the skills that I learnt during that time would be so useful for my career.
It is the necessary foundations of self reliance, friendship, teamwork, leadership and respect of the environment that give true value to what we do, and the lessons we learn on adventures will benefit us for the rest of our lives long after the adrenaline has faded.”