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Mat Hoffman (born January 9, 1972 in Edmond, Oklahoma, USA) is a BMX rider considered one of the best vert ramp riders in the history of the sport. He is nicknamed "The Condor" and used to own Hoffman Bikes Manufacturing in Oklahoma City, OK. is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Settlers Crossing be merged into this article or section. ... A BMX Race. ... Vert ramp Mini ramp A vert ramp is a gay sex company, a form of half-pipe used in gay sex,extreme sports such as skateboarding and Iam black. ...


In 2002, Hoffman published an autobiography, The Ride of My Life. The most shocking portion revealed a hairy buttocks contest that was lost only to photographer "mouse" of airwalk fame.

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Injuries

Even in the world of BMX, where injuries are frequent, Hoffman is well known for his toughness and unusually high tolerance for pain. In a 2005 interview with ESPN The Magazine, he described some of his experiences, including a failed landing in practice that ruptured his spleen and nearly killed him, and having a ligament replacement surgery carried out on his knee with no anesthesia. Hoffman has suffered numerous injuries and undergone 16 operations. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The spleen is an organ located in the abdomen, where it functions in the destruction of old red blood cells and holding a reservoir of blood. ... A ligament is a short band of tough fibrous connective tissue composed mainly of long, stringy collagen fibres. ... Anesthesia or anaesthesia (see spelling differences) has traditionally meant the condition of having the perception of pain and other sensations blocked. ...


Hoffman participated in the highly successful Tony Hawk's Boom Boom Huck Jam in 2002, 2003 and 2005 tours.


Achievements

In 1985, Hoffman entered the freestyle BMX circuit as an amateur at the age of 13. At age 16, he was the youngest pro the sport had ever seen. An article in Ride magazine wrote, “What’s left to say about a guy who ignored all established limits and redefined vert riding - at age 15?”


Matt's resume includes taking his bike base-jumping off 3,500-foot Norwegian cliffs and, in 2002, setting the record for the highest assisted "air" on a bicycle, when he rose 26'6" above a 24' ramp, reaching 50'6" (approx. 16 metres) above the ground. This feat was listed in the 2004 Guinness Book of World Records and there have been no attempts to break the record since it was set.


Hoffman is a true innovator, defining the sport with the invention of more than 100 revolutionary tricks like the 900; Flip fakie (backflip which includes landing backwards); and Flair (backflip with a 180 degree turn).


Hoffman's unparalleled accomplishments as a rider are equaled by his success in the business world. By 1991, Hoffman had already surpassed amateur rank, seized the pro division and brought the sport to new heights never thought possible, inventing the majority of the Vert tricks today. Frustrated at having someone else in the driver’s seat of his career, Hoffman left his primary sponsor and began his own promotion company: Hoffman Promotions. He assembled a team of the best Freestyle bike riders and began organizing show tours such as the Sprocket Jockey Bicycle Stunt Team.


Hoffman pushed the limits on the design technology the bike industry offered at the time. He was going through bikes by the dozens. He needed a bike that could stand up to the rigorous pounding required in Freestyle riding and realized that he wasn't the only one. With ever-increasing ambition, Hoffman decided to design and build his own bike, thus creating his second business: Hoffman Bikes.


Hoffman has been a key player in building the sport of BMX Freestyle. He developed the Bicycle Stunt (BS) Series to give riders a place to compete and showcase their talents. The enormous success of the BS Series inevitably attracted the attention of ESPN, which joined forces with Hoffman Promotions in 1995 to produce and televise the series each year.


The growth of Hoffman Promotions gave birth to the Hoffman Sports Association (H.S.A.), which is the organizing body for Freestyle BMX events worldwide, such as ESPN’s highly coveted X Games and all international X Games bicycle stunt events. Hoffman and his team were also selected to take part in the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., in a production called “Sport as Art.” In 1999, H.S.A. developed Mat Hoffman's Crazy Freakin’ Bikers Series (CFB), which provides amateur and professional Freestyle bikers a venue in which they can compete. Not only does the H.S.A. promote, organize and host the series, but it also produces all the television programming for the CFB Series, which is aired on ESPN2.


The H.S.A. organizes BMX Freestyle portions of annual U.S. and international events, including the X Games and all international X Games qualifiers. The year 2005 marked the 14th consecutive year of competition production for Hoffman Promotions.


Hoffman has produced, directed and hosted several television series for ESPN including "Kids in the Way," "HBtv," “Mat’s World,” a nine-episode segment on X-2day and, most recently, the CFB Series. Hoffman also created “Mat Hoffman’s Crazy Freakin’ Stunt Show” for Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, which debuted in April 2003 and will continue with the next run in Spring 2005. Ratings for the show have been of the highest in Universal’s show history.


Hoffman partnered with Activision to produce Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX video game and Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX 2 video game - released in August 2002, in conjunction with the release of Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX2 Tour TV show..


Recently he has been involved in a number of film projects: "Keep Your Eyes Open," produced by Tamra Davis and starring Spike Jonze; IMAX film "Ultimate X"; "Triple X," a Rob Cohen film, starring Vin Diesel; and "Jackass-The Movie." He also was the host of a series of behind-the-scenes segments for “Tomb Raider 2,” which was released in June 2003, and was on the cast of members for MTV’s Trippin’, hosted by Cameron Diaz, and MTV’s Wildboyz in the Spring 2005.


In September 2002, he released his autobiography "The Ride of My Life," which was released with Regan/Harper Collins Publishers. The paperback version was released in September 2003 and a screenplay adaptation is in progress.


Even in the world of BMX, where injuries are frequent, Hoffman is notorious for his toughness and unusually high tolerance for pain. In a 2005 interview with ESPN The Magazine, he described some of his experiences, including a failed landing in practice that ruptured his spleen and nearly killed him, and having ligament replacement surgery done on his knee with no anesthesia. Despite the numerous injuries and 16 total operations, he has never stopped challenging himself. In 2001, Hoffman competed at the X Games, earning the Bronze Medal. In 2002, he stunned the industry and fans, alike, when he set another record by successfully completing the first-ever No-handed 900 at the 2002 X Games, resulting in the Silver Medal.


Hoffman participated in the highly successful Tony Hawk's Boom Boom Huck Jam in 2002, 2003 and 2005 tours.


Hoffman also holds the "highest air" record. In fact, Hoffman was the first person to build an oversized ("Big") ramp in 1993 with his first High Air attempt off of a 24-foot quarter pipe. When Hoffman achieved 50.6 feet above the ground in March 2001, he had a team of four professional photographers, an elaborate scaffolding system to record the attempt at different angles and had an ABC Wide World of Sports camera crew on-site, as well.


In 2005, Hoffman was elected the President of the International BMX Freestyle Federation, the international governing body of BMX Freestyle - a partner with Union Cyclists International (UCI), the bicycle governing body for the International Olympic Committee.


Business ventures

Hoffman has achieved further success in the business world. After leaving his primary sponsor, he began his own company, Hoffman Promotions. He assembled a team of the best freestyle BMX riders and began organizing show tours such as the Sprocket Jockey Bicycle Stunt Team.


Because freestyle BMX pushed the design technology of bikes to its limit, destroying many in the process, Hoffman decided to design and build his own bikes. He created a second business, Hoffman Bikes, to do so.


Television, game and film projects

Hoffman has produced, directed and hosted several television series for ESPN, including Kids in the Way, HBtv, Mat’s World, a nine-episode segment on X-2day and, most recently, the CFB Series. Hoffman also created Mat Hoffman’s Crazy Freakin’ Stunt Show for Universal Studios Florida theme park, which debuted in April 2003. Initial ratings for the show were some of the highest in the park's history of shows. Universal Studios Florida is a theme park in Orlando, Florida, part of the Universal Orlando Resort. ...


Hoffman worked with Activision to produce the video games Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX and Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX 2, the later released in August 2002 in conjunction with the Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX2 Tour TV show. Hoffman also appeared in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 and Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, also produced by Activision. Activision, Inc. ... Mat Hoffmans Pro BMX is a BMX-themed videogame developed by Runecraft and published by Activision. ... Mat Hoffmans Pro BMX 2 is a sequel to Mat Hoffmans Pro BMX. The game was improved from its predecessor, with an easier control scheme and colorful graphics. ... Tony Hawks Pro Skater 4, often called THPS4, is the fourth game released in the Tony Hawks Series. ... Tony Hawks American Wasteland is a video game that has been released for the PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Nintendo GameCube and PC. The game was developed by Neversoft and published by Activision. ...


Recently he has been involved in a number of film projects: Keep Your Eyes Open, produced by Tamra Davis and starring Spike Jonze; the IMAX film Ultimate X; Triple X, a Rob Cohen film, starring Vin Diesel; and Jackass: The Movie. He also was the host of a series of behind-the-scenes segments for Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, released in June 2003, and was on the cast of members for MTV’s Trippin', hosted by Cameron Diaz, and its Wildboyz show in Spring 2005. His recent movie appearance is Jackass Number Two. Tamra Davis (born January 22, 1962) is an American film director. ... Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel on October 22, 1969), is an American director of music videos and commercials, and an Academy Award-nominated director and producer in film and television, most notably the 1999 film Being John Malkovich and the 2002 film Adaptation. ... IMAX theatre at the Melbourne Museum complex, Australia BFI London IMAX by night IMAX dome in Guayaquil, Ecuador IMAX Theater in SM Mall of Asia, Philippines IMAX (short for Image Maximum) is a film format created by Canadas IMAX Corporation that has the capacity to display images of far... Director Rob Cohen on the set of Stealth Rob Cohen (born March 12, 1949 in Cornwall, New York, USA) is an American film director, producer and writer. ... Media:Example. ... Jackass: The Movie Jackass: The Movie directed by Jeff Tremaine was released on October 25, 2002 with the tagline Do not attempt this at home. ... Categories: Movie stubs | Action films | Adventure films | 2003 films | Films based on video games ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ... For other uses, see Trippin (disambiguation). ... Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former fashion model. ... Wildboyz, which debuted in 2003 on MTV and moved to MTV2 in its third season, is a spin-off and follow-up to Jackass. ... Jackass Number Two is the sequel to the 2002 comedy film, Jackass: The Movie, itself based upon the MTV series. ...


In September 2002, Regan/Harper Collins Publishers published his autobiography, The Ride of My Life. The paperback version was released in September 2003 and a screenplay adaptation is in progress. He guest starred as himself in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Neds Declassified School Survival Guide, sometimes shortened to Neds Declassified or Neds, is an American live-action situation comedy on Nickelodeon that debuted in the channels Sunday night TEENick scheduling block on September 12, 2004 in The United States of America. ...


In 2002, He Guest Starred as himself in an episode of Max Steel Max Steel is a Sci-Fi/Action television series which originally aired on February 25 2000 - June 23 2002 yet Season 3 had no air dates, although Cartoon Network aired the third series. ...


External links

  • MatHoffman.com
  • Bykeforum.com - Online BMX Community

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