Words and photos by Robin Pearson
Whenever new footage of Matt Cordova comes out, I get stoked. He’s one of those riders who not only goes big and has great style, but also has a deep bag of tricks. To be honest with you, I don’t mind if he dips into that bag or not – he’s just good to watch on a bike whatever he does.
The first time I met Matt was about a year ago at his local trails, F.O.D. in Southern California. Unfortunately he was recovering from an injury so wasn’t riding, but I was stoked on how welcoming he was. Staying in touch, fast forward to this year and I found myself in the area again, so I gave him a shout and we ended up hanging out at Pat Casey’s house. Pat’s place is pretty ridiculous… There’s a huge spine mini ramp, a whole landscape of trails, an amazing house, Pat’s lovely wife and kid, another baby on the way, three dogs… Pat has it dialled!
Showing up there and finally watching Matt ride in person was a treat, for sure. Everything he did looked rad, so shooting photos was a pleasure too, especially with the surrounding scenery at Pat’s house. It’s not all about the riding though – hanging out with Matt was also fun because he’s such a gent. When we shot these photos he was stoked, grateful and keen to do something with them. Then, when we went our separate ways, he hooked me up with locations for several other spots worth visiting in the area. What a guy!