I’ve seen you in a lot of riding videos from Props to Road Fools and I always see you wearing that “I love Utah” t-shirt. Where did you get it? I’d like to get one of those t-shirts, man.–Sean Shearer, Jackson, New Jersey

My friend gave me that “I love Utah” shirt. I bet you would have to go to more than one thrift store out here to find one.–Matt

If I knock on your door, will you let me ride? I’m planning on moving up there, and I just wanted to know if you let people ride your house.–No name given

If I knew you from one of the cement parks I might let you, but if someone I never met before knocked on my door and asked to ride, I would have to say no.–Matt

How’s the Euro bottom bracket holding up?–Chris

The bottom bracket is good, just don’t think that you can leave out the spacer sleeve and tighten your cranks so they won’t spin, because you will probably mess the bearings up. I broke one of the bearings because I did that, but since I put the sleeve in I’ve been using the Euro for about six months with no problems.–Matt

I have seen some of your crazy toothpick variations; what other ones are you going to pull out next? Do you have any up your sleeve? Have you ever been to New Zealand? –Matt Donaldson, New Zealand

I have never been to New Zealand, but someday I would love to go there. As for toothpicks, I haven’t really thought about doing anything but get steep and go fakie. My sleeves are empty, for now.–Matt

I live in a small town that has no parks and the only jumps are in my yard. My parents are pretty cool about letting me build stuff; they even buy the dirt for me. I don’t really have anyone to ride with, and if I do, they end up just watching because they are afraid to hit my jumps. What would be your suggestion to progress or push myself to learn new stuff?–Daniel Helsel

It’s hard to motivate yourself to try new things when you have to go into it by yourself. When I was in high school, most of my friends skated, so I would end up riding while they were skating. Learning stuff by yourself can be really fun sometimes. Don’t get discouraged; the longer you ride, the more friends you will meet that ride, too.–Matt

I just wanted to say thanks. You really opened my eyes to bike riding. You remind me that BMX is supposed to be fun. It’s not the biggest tricks or the ones everyone else is doing. It’s what you want to do and what you enjoy. I know that that’s not much of a question, and I’m not really concerned as to whether or not this makes it into the magazine. I just wanted to let you know. Keep up the good work!–Calvin van Dam

Thanks.–Matt

I was watching Criminal Mischief and thought that your part was easily one of the best, but I noticed there wasn’t a whole lot of street riding in your part, which made me wonder how often you actually ride street? I was also wondering why you have your frame use the hidden headset? Thanks.–Nick Nordberg, Frazee, Minnesota

When I was filming for Criminal Mischief, I wasn’t riding street very often because I was so into going to the indoor parks. These days, I ride street a couple times a week with my friends, and sometimes I go ride around by myself. As for the headset, I don’t want to ever use a regular headset again.–Matt

Clicked turndown off some found obstacles in the desert.  credit: Keith Mulligan

What is it like being in a video game? Having your own signature frame and bars? Doing the littlest backflips ever?–Chris Clark

Being in a video game is unbelievable. Having my own signature frame and bars on S&M is a dream come true. I like trying to flip dumb sff sometimes.–Matt

I was at this year’s Metro Jam and saw your flip over the driveway, and I was amazed. How do you build up so much courage to do things like that? I am also wondering if you will be making another video like In the Beginning, because it was awesome. Thanks for your time.–Matt Lyons, St.Catharines, Ontario, Canada

I hate practice at contests; it seems like more of a contest than the actual contest sometimes. When the time starts, you hear everyone cheering and there is so much energy in the air, and you just feed off it. You might want a piece of something that might want a piece of you. We still film a lot and some day I’ll get organized and make another video, but for now I need to work on the S&M video.–Matt

Have you ever thought of using the frontflip any time soon? I think that trick is rad.–No name given

I still do frontflips every once in a while. Every time I try a frontflip I bash my thigh above my right knee. Every time I ride away from a frontflip, it’s like the best day of my life because it took me about three or four years of trying to finally pull one.–Matt

You are crazy, plain and simple. How did you go about learning frontflips?–Mark, Alexandria, Minnesota

I learned frontflips into water about a year before I learned backflips into water. I could do them on my snowboard, so I just tried it lake-jumping one time. All I used to try at contests were frontflips. I would usually slide down the landing on my butt and take a bunch of skin off. Now I know where I’m at in the air and if I need to jump off or take my foot off.–Matt

A lot of the pros from Greenville, North Carolina, are coming to Salt Lake City. Are you going to be making any additions to your backyard ramps?–Patrick, San Jose, California

Proving Grounds skatepark just closed and I was able to bring some of their ramps up to my house. I’ve been working in the backyard every day; there’s a lot to build right now. I have a lot of stuff planned, and everyone that digs here comes up with ideas all the time, too.–Matt

What are your favorite parks and/or spots to ride?–No name given

My ramps, Sandy cement park, downtown SLC, WSU, Ogden cement park, Evanston Wyoming, U of U, Classic rollerskating rink, and Cottonwood cement park. These are all the local things that I like to ride when I’m home. I love to travel and I think there is so much good stuff to ride everywhere I’ve been. I wouldn’t even know where to start a list of my favorite spots away from home.–Matt

You are known for inventing some weird tricks; is there anything that you have been working on lately that we might see you doing anytime soon?–Al Ploughman, St. Johns, Newfoundland

I guess I have some new stuff, but it’s hard to explain so you’ll just have to watch out for the S&M video.–Matt

Can you come to my birthday party? It will be at the San Ramon BMX park in California on October 5th at 2:00PM. I will be six years old. Thanks.–Nick

I’m sorry, I’m pretty busy and I won’t be able to make it out to California then. Happy birthday though.–Matt

X-up transfer in Utah.  credit: Keith Mulligan

It’s pretty well known that you’re a metal head, with your Metallica shirts and all, but what I want to know is do you think any vocalist has got anything on King Diamond? I mean, no one has the vocal range like the King. So what are some of your favorite metal bands?–No name given

I had to go buy a Mercyful Fate CD because I hadn’t heard them before. I’ve been listening to it answering these questions and it makes me want to get out of here and go ride. I like Slayer, AC/DC, S.O.D., Sabbath… I just got a CD player in my car, so I need to get some CDs so I don’t just listen to the classic rock station all the time like I have been.–Matt

What do you think of the new Metallica CD, and what are the plans for the garage?–Adrian Mallett, Orlando, Florida

I like some of the stuff on the new Metallica CD. I need to fix some stuff up in the garage so it’s better to skate. I also want to paint it all one color.–Matt

What’s up, Cobra? Did you ever finish that cement bowl in your back yard? Do you ever hit your head or go too far up and hit the roof in your garage? Thanks.–Wes

The bowl ended up being part of the trails that leads to a wallride on the house. I haven’t really hit the ceiling too hard, I mostly just hit my head when I walk into the house because it steps down so the doorway is lower.–Matt

What keeps you in Utah, and do you think you’ll ever leave and move to a new state? Thanks.–Gabe Arbillaga

I grew up here and I don’t think I’ll ever live anywhere else.–Matt

At what age did you turn pro? At what age did you get your first sponsor?–No name given

I entered my first pro contest when I was 18, I got flow from a few sponsors when I was 19, and I got on Redline right before I turned 21.–Matt

You were the first person I ever saw do a front flip on a bike and I was wondering why we don’t see more people do it? I think it’s one of the craziest looking tricks I’ve ever seen.–No name given

I guess that it’s just kind of an odd trick that nobody really wants to do. I think a lot of people have just seen me blow up too many times trying them to even mess with it.–Matt

You are a great rider. You always have a creative style, and do tricks most people would never think of doing. What are some of the new tricks you have been working on, or want to try in the near future?–Calvin

There is a lot of stuff I want to try, but I don’t want to call it out and jinx myself.–Matt

Are you planing to come back to Japan to get another mask other than your famous horse mask? Hope to see you soon again. Word.–Shoe-G

I can’t wait to get back to Japan; I love bunnyhop!–Matt

Frontflip at the 2000 X Games.  credit: Keith Mulligan

What’s the best trick you ever pulled off?–No name given

I’m still really happy that I did backflip first set, frontflip second set.–Matt

What is more important: the amount of tricks you can do or how good your tricks look?–No name given

These days it seems like you gotta have both.–Matt

You’re an amazing smooth rider, but I want to know what makes you pick up your bike every day to go riding?–No name given

I guess that it’s just what I love to do, it’s the best thing in my life right now.–Matt

Since you’re one of the coolest all-around riders in the world that’s all about having fun, I was wondering what inspires you to learn new tricks and what motivates you to keep on riding? I was also wondering if you could tell me how you make your sprockets the way you do for sprocket slides? Arboc!–Tom Boyd, Minnesota

BMX is the best thing in my life; that’s why I’m going to keep on riding and trying to progress. I have a metal guard that goes around the whole outside and a clear plastic guard that goes on the inside of where most people run guards. I made that stuff in my shop out of an old sprocket and an old clear guard for a 44.–Matt

Where can I get a horse head like the one you have?–Adam Bentley, Ohio

Try a costume store.–Matt

Your insane style and crazy trick list make me wonder why or ho, S.O.D., Sabbath… I just got a CD player in my car, so I need to get some CDs so I don’t just listen to the classic rock station all the time like I have been.–Matt

What do you think of the new Metallica CD, and what are the plans for the garage?–Adrian Mallett, Orlando, Florida

I like some of the stuff on the new Metallica CD. I need to fix some stuff up in the garage so it’s better to skate. I also want to paint it all one color.–Matt

What’s up, Cobra? Did you ever finish that cement bowl in your back yard? Do you ever hit your head or go too far up and hit the roof in your garage? Thanks.–Wes

The bowl ended up being part of the trails that leads to a wallride on the house. I haven’t really hit the ceiling too hard, I mostly just hit my head when I walk into the house because it steps down so the doorway is lower.–Matt

What keeps you in Utah, and do you think you’ll ever leave and move to a new state? Thanks.–Gabe Arbillaga

I grew up here and I don’t think I’ll ever live anywhere else.–Matt

At what age did you turn pro? At what age did you get your first sponsor?–No name given

I entered my first pro contest when I was 18, I got flow from a few sponsors when I was 19, and I got on Redline right before I turned 21.–Matt

You were the first person I ever saw do a front flip on a bike and I was wondering why we don’t see more people do it? I think it’s one of the craziest looking tricks I’ve ever seen.–No name given

I guess that it’s just kind of an odd trick that nobody really wants to do. I think a lot of people have just seen me blow up too many times trying them to even mess with it.–Matt

You are a great rider. You always have a creative style, and do tricks most people would never think of doing. What are some of the new tricks you have been working on, or want to try in the near future?–Calvin

There is a lot of stuff I want to try, but I don’t want to call it out and jinx myself.–Matt

Are you planing to come back to Japan to get another mask other than your famous horse mask? Hope to see you soon again. Word.–Shoe-G

I can’t wait to get back to Japan; I love bunnyhop!–Matt

Frontflip at the 2000 X Games.  credit: Keith Mulligan

What’s the best trick you ever pulled off?–No name given

I’m still really happy that I did backflip first set, frontflip second set.–Matt

What is more important: the amount of tricks you can do or how good your tricks look?–No name given

These days it seems like you gotta have both.–Matt

You’re an amazing smooth rider, but I want to know what makes you pick up your bike every day to go riding?–No name given

I guess that it’s just what I love to do, it’s the best thing in my life right now.–Matt

Since you’re one of the coolest all-around riders in the world that’s all about having fun, I was wondering what inspires you to learn new tricks and what motivates you to keep on riding? I was also wondering if you could tell me how you make your sprockets the way you do for sprocket slides? Arboc!–Tom Boyd, Minnesota

BMX is the best thing in my life; that’s why I’m going to keep on riding and trying to progress. I have a metal guard that goes around the whole outside and a clear plastic guard that goes on the inside of where most people run guards. I made that stuff in my shop out of an old sprocket and an old clear guard for a 44.–Matt

Where can I get a horse head like the one you have?–Adam Bentley, Ohio

Try a costume store.–Matt

Your insane style and crazy trick list make me wonder why or how you come to do these types of tricks. What possesses you to do the tricks that you do? Peace.–Ryan, Victoria, Australia

I just like to make stuff up; it’s just fun to see what is possible.–Matt

You’re an awesome rider. I know this is second nature to you, but how do you come out of a 180 fakie? Cheers.–No name given

Rollback sessions are really good, just practice going backwards a lot.–Matt

Do you ever get scared doing your frontflips on a big double? What keeps your riding/goofy spirit alive? Thanks.–Joe Wolfgang, Kane, Pennsylvania

Every time I frontflip a big double I’m scared, but I’m more scared to 360 a big set. What keeps me going? All my friends and family that support me; I think that I’ll always ride because it’s just what I do.–Matt

Why did you leave Redline for S&M?–No name given

Redline did a lot for me and I’m thankful, but riding for S&M is the best thing that ever happened to me.–Matt

I loved the mullet wig; where did you get it? I want one. Thanks for showing everyone how to have fun on a bike.–No name given

I got that wig in a grocery store before Halloween. Halloween rules.–Matt

Wall-tap to fakie in his garage, 2001.  credit: Keith Mulligan

How in the hell did you learn candybar manuals? I’ve tried them for so long, but I can’t get them. Any tips would be great. Thanks.–Keith

I never thought I would give tips on this one, but here goes: Put your foot over your crossbar, crank with your other foot, and pull up into a sit down wheelie all at once. Use your brakes a lot so you don’t loop out. Learn no-footed sit-down manuals first. Good luck and don’t get caught looping out; it may be embarrassing.–Matt

Why are you so awesome?–Matt Emtarkanderundersgunderson, Canada

I thought it was because I had a long last name, but you got me beat.–Matt

What’s up! I’m a rider that lives in Italy. I don’t have many areas at all to ride. No skateparks or anything, just ledges to grind and jump off of. Do you ever feel like there is nothing to do when you are out and about? Do you prefer the horse head or the hockey hair when riding? Thanx!–Scuba Steve

Sometimes when I go street riding I feel like I can’t find anything. I just end up doing manuals and 180s the whole time. Other times I go to a spot that I’ve been to a lot and find something completely new to do. Just keep on looking for stuff to ride, it’s usually right under your nose. The hair is way better to ride in; you can’t see out of that mask.–Matt

You are pretty much known in the BMX world as the goof-off. How do you feel about that and do people treat you differently because of it? Thanks a lot.–Matt Ettl, Bellingham, Massachusetts

I’m happy to be where I’m at in BMX right now. I like to joke around but I’m serious if I want to be. There are people that don’t like my attitude at contests but that’s okay. I only see them at a couple contests a year, and I wouldn’t like to be beat by someone on a pit bike either.–Matt

What was that crazy thing you were wearing on your head at Roots Jam?–No name given

Could’ve been a helmet; I’ve been to a lot of Roots Jams.–Matt

First I have to say after seeing you in Road Fools 8, you are one of the craziest people to ride a bike. Why were you and Steve Crandall smacking each other so much on Road Fools 8? Where did the horse come from? Thanks and keep the horse alive.–No name given

For a while, my friends and I thought that slapping each other was pretty funny. I don’t know why, but it made for some laughs. The horse head came from Japan and has been retirred to Keith Mulligan. One day I just decided it had its fair share of laughs and it needed another owner. My parents still haven’t seen RF8 yet.–Matt

What is your all-time favorite BMX memory?–No name given

Racing at Thunder Hill when I was 7.–Mattou come to do these types of tricks. What possesses you to do the tricks that you do? Peace.–Ryan, Victoria, Australia

I just like to make stuff up; it’s just fun to see what is possible.–Matt

You’re an awesome rider. I know this is second nature to you, but how do you come out of a 180 fakie? Cheers.–No name given

Rollback sessions are really good, just practice going backwards a lot.–Matt

Do you ever get scared doing your frontflips on a big double? What keeps your riding/goofy spirit alive? Thanks.–Joe Wolfgang, Kane, Pennsylvania

Every time I frontflip a big double I’m scared, but I’m more scared to 360 a big set. What keeps me going? All my friends and family that support me; I think that I’ll always ride because it’s just what I do.–Matt

Why did you leave Redline for S&M?–No name given

Redline did a lot for me and I’m thankful, but riding for S&M is the best thing that ever happened to me.–Matt

I loved the mullet wig; where did you get it? I want one. Thanks for showing everyone how to have fun on a bike.–No name given

I got that wig in a grocery store before Halloween. Halloween rules.–Matt

Wall-tap to fakie in his garage, 2001.  credit: Keith Mulligan

How in the hell did you learn candybar manuals? I’ve tried them for so long, but I can’t get them. Any tips would be great. Thanks.–Keith

I never thought I would give tips on this one, but here goes: Put your foot over your crossbar, crank with your other foot, and pull up into a sit down wheelie all at once. Use your brakes a lot so you don’t loop out. Learn no-footed sit-down manuals first. Good luck and don’t get caught looping out; it may be embarrassing.–Matt

Why are you so awesome?–Matt Emtarkanderundersgunderson, Canada

I thought it was because I had a long last name, but you got me beat.–Matt

What’s up! I’m a rider that lives in Italy. I don’t have many areas at all to ride. No skateparks or anything, just ledges to grind and jump off of. Do you ever feel like there is nothing to do when you are out and about? Do you prefer the horse head or the hockey hair when riding? Thanx!–Scuba Steve

Sometimes when I go street riding I feel like I can’t find anything. I just end up doing manuals and 180s the whole time. Other times I go to a spot that I’ve been to a lot and find something completely new to do. Just keep on looking for stuff to ride, it’s usually right under your nose. The hair is way better to ride in; you can’t see out of that mask.–Matt

You are pretty much known in the BMX world as the goof-off. How do you feel about that and do people treat you differently because of it? Thanks a lot.–Matt Ettl, Bellingham, Massachusetts

I’m happy to be where I’m at in BMX right now. I like to joke around but I’m serious if I want to be. There are people that don’t like my attitude at contests but that’s okay. I only see them at a couple contests a year, and I wouldn’t like to be beat by someone on a pit bike either.–Matt

What was that crazy thing you were wearing on your head at Roots Jam?–No name given

Could’ve been a helmet; I’ve been to a lot of Roots Jams.–Matt

First I have to say after seeing you in Road Fools 8, you are one of the craziest people to ride a bike. Why were you and Steve Crandall smacking each other so much on Road Fools 8? Where did the horse come from? Thanks and keep the horse alive.–No name given

For a while, my friends and I thought that slapping each other was pretty funny. I don’t know why, but it made for some laughs. The horse head came from Japan and has been retired to Keith Mulligan. One day I just decided it had its fair share of laughs and it needed another owner. My parents still haven’t seen RF8 yet.–Matt

What is your all-time favorite BMX memory?–No name given

Racing at Thunder Hill when I was 7.–Matt laughs. The horse head came from Japan and has been retired to Keith Mulligan. One day I just decided it had its fair share of laughs and it needed another owner. My parents still haven’t seen RF8 yet.–Matt

What is your all-time favorite BMX memory?–No name given

Racing at Thunder Hill when I was 7.–Matt