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The Ride of My Life
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I had seriously reached a point in my life where I wasn't scared of anything. Panic was replaced by awww, shit, how can I fix this before I hit the ground?
Childhood for Mat Hoffman was packed with hazardous behavior and a constant searching for a new rush: sliding down the laundry chute, blatantly misusing a trampoline, leaping off the roof holding an umbrella, executing a two-story bomb drop into a swimming pool on a bike, and more. After experimenting with his bike on a plywood ramp at age eleven, Mat found his true calling. He became addicted to aerials.
By the time he was fourteen years old, Mat had earned national notoriety with his ramp skills and landed a factory sponsorship from Skyway Recreation. He was consumed by a love of bike riding, a passion that took him around the globe and beyond the limits of what people said was possible. Always pushing for more height or another way to turn air into art, he's shattered world records, conventional wisdom, and his own body in a quest to experience all that life has to offer. The price? More than a dozen major surgeries, fifty broken bones, countless concussions and knockouts — Mat's sacrifices are evident in a medical file that's 400 pages thick.
When the boom years of BMX freestyle bottomed out during a bike industry recession in the late 1980s, Mat's enthusiasm never wavered. To save his sport, he bought a semi truck when he was seventeen and became his own sponsor, spreading the word one demo at a time. He and his friends formed Hoffman Bikes and began running bike stunt contests. It was an era of progress for Mat as a rider, as he unveiled jawdropping tricks like the no-handed 540, backflip fakie, and flair, and became the first rider in action sports to pull a 900.
In The Ride of My Life, Mat takes readers on his humorous, hardcore, harrowing journey to the top as a bike stunt pioneer, ten-time world champion, video game superstar, X Games ambassador, recreational ninja, and the most innovative rider to ever hit a ramp. He shares stories of the wild experiences he's had while touring with some of the best riders around — Dennis McCoy, Dave Mirra, Rick Thorne, Kevin Robinson, Mike "Rooftop" Escamilla, and many others.Spanning two decades of action sports history, as Mat crosses paths with high-risk heroes like Tony Hawk, Johnny Knoxville, and Evel Knievel, The Ride of My Life is the insane, true story of Mat Hoffman, the greatest bike rider of all time.
A BMX world champion discusses the people who have influenced his life, the history of BMX, his contributions to freestyle riding, his world records, and his participation in the Olympics.
Mat "The Condor" Hoffman is the Tony Hawk of BMX biking. He has brought BMX freestyle riding to a level many thought wasn't possible. Mat's an innovator who has accomplished amazing feats such as BASE-jumping his bike off 3,500-foot Norwegian cliffs, and he holds the record for world's highest air at 50.5 feet. Since the early 1980s he has invented more than 50 tricks, many of which are being duplicated by today's riders — and a few that only he has been able to master. Mat has developed numerous competitions as a way for professional and amateur riders to showcase their abilities, and he and his riders were selected to take part in the closing ceremonies at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA.
Now at the age of 30 — after nearly two decades of competitions, 14 operations, 50 broken bones, more than 50 concussions, and flatlining due to a BMX-related injury — he has retired from competition, but he continues to perform in demos worldwide. As he shares his stories, he unfurls the bumpy history of BMX riding.
About the Author
Mat Hoffman divides his duties as a father, rider, action figure, and the H.M.F.I.C. of Hoffman Bikes. He continues to develop, promote, and organize BMX stunt riding events around the world. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and daughter. He still rides every day.
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