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#10 Mat Hoffman

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Mat Hoffman - Hoffman Bikes

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Birth Date: January 9, 1972
Hometown: Edmond, OK
Sport: BMX Freestyle 

Mat Hoffman is a living legend and a pioneer in the sport of BMX Freestyle. For over twenty-five years Mat has been dedicated to breaking down boundaries and building up the platform for today’s athletes to launch from. The quintessential godfather of Freestyle, Mat is a steadfast advocate for athletes and fans alike with his relentless contributions not only to BMX, but to the world of action sports. 

After entering the scene at just 13 years old, Mat went on to become a ten-time World Vert Champion and six time X Games medalist, redefining BMX by inventing more than 100 tricks. The first to land a 900 in 1989 and a no-handed 900 in 2002, dubbed the Condor, Mat also invented the Flip Fakie, a back flip landing backwards, and the Flair, a back flip with a 180-degree turn. 

With Mat’s drive to push the limits on his bike, it’s no surprise that he’s just as driven off the vert ramp. In 1991 Mat started his production company Hoffman Productions, later becoming Hoffman Sports Association (H.S.A.) and organized bike tours with the nation’s best riders. Thanks to his first efforts, tours like the Sprocket Jockey Bicycle Stunt Team and the Bicycle Stunt Series gave riders a place to compete and showcase their craft, eventually bringing BMX to the attention of ESPN. A few years later H.S.A. expanded, organizing international BMX Freestyle events. By teaming up with ESPN and Fuel TV, H.S.A. went on to produce X Games and other events for pros and amateurs alike. 

In addition to producing worldwide tours, Mat competed at a rate beyond the capabilities of any bike at the time. So he created his own design that could withstand the wear and tear, distributing his first Condor model from his garage in 1991. Today Hoffman Bikes is approaching its twentieth anniversary, and currently sponsors more than twenty international riders. Team Hoffman and Mat have also been genuine ambassadors of the sport and charitable organizations with frequent visits to Target House. 

The 2002 ESPN Action Sports Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Mat continues to set the standard for generations to come. Recently elected President of the International BMX Freestyle Federation, Mat is forging ahead and working with the Olympic Committee to add BMX Freestyle Vert to the Olympic Games. Mat has also produced, directed and hosted many television series for ESPN including “Kids in the Way,” “HBtv”, “Mat’s World” and his Crazy Freakin’ Biker (CFB) Series. He’s also participated in MTV’s show “Trippin’” helping to educate viewers about wildlife and the environment, starred in the movie series “Jackass” and created “Mat Hoffman’s Crazy Freakin’ Stunt Show” for Universal Studios in Orlando. In 2002 Mat also released his autobiography, aptly titled "The Ride of My Life”. Mat also paid homage to the late Evel Knievel in 2008 with MTV’s “Jackass” crew in the stunt film Mat Hoffman’s Tribute to Evel Knievel

Never a conformist, Mat is the definition of an innovator. Whether he’s B.A.S.E. jumping, vert riding or designing new bikes for his young kids, Jet and Giavanna, Mat is the epitome of what it means to be an action sports athlete – competitor, inventor, designer, advocate.