If you know anything about BMX, you know Mat Hoffman. He's one of the most recognizable BMX riders and considered to be the greatest Vert-ramp rider in the history of the sport. Matt began the Freestyle BMX circuit at only 13 years old and quickly moved up the ranks becoming the youngest pro ever in the sport at age 16. By age 20, he had already become a key player with a list of accomplishments that other riders could only dream of in a lifetime. Hoffman is most famous for inventing and executing daring stunts, which extreme athletes are still trying to emulate 15 years later.
But Mat's success exceeds developing Vert ride tricks. He also revolutionized the business of the sport. He left his primary sponsors in 1991 and formed his own company, Hoffman Promotions, where he put together a team of Freestyle bike riders who participated in show tours. Hoffman Productions led to the creation of the Hoffman Sports Association (H.S.A.) which organizes Freestyle BMX events worldwide, including ESPN's X Games. And as if that wasn't enough, he even went on to build and design his own bikes, creating his other business, Hoffman Bikes.
To further add to his impressive resume, Hoffman also has a variety of TV and film producing credits to his name. But tonight, he will be the subject. ESPN's popular "30 for 30" documentary series will feature the BMX rider in an episode titled "The Birth of Big Air." Produced by Johnny Knoxville and Spike Jonze, the episode will focus on Matt's remarkable career and the ways in which he built up the sport of BMX Freestyle. Tune into "The Birth of Big Air" tonight, at 7 p.m. EST, on ESPN.
Mat Hoffman is Who's Haute.