Team Rider: Mackenzie Matters
Why We Love Her
Mackenzie is one of the most motivated snowboarders we’ve met, and we expect big things from her on the national competition scene, where she’s been gaining recognition for her solid pipe skills and big spins. Whether she’s in a major halfpipe competition, or sidelined by an injury, her positive attitude and passion for snowboarding shine through.
‘For all those who have heard someone say you’ll never make it’
Hi! My name is Mackenzie Matters and I strive to one day be the best female snowboarder in the world. In 2002, I was faced with a difficult decision as I headed into my junior year of high school. At the time I was living in Eagan MN, where hockey literally is life. Although I was a very good hockey player and well known in my community, my heart longed to spend the winter in the half-pipe and not on the ice. Having such limited time, I knew that I would have to choose between the two sports. As I made my decision to give hockey up and follow my heart and chase my dreams of becoming a professional snowboarder, I was met with a lot of negativity and challenges. It seemed that the people who had been supporting me both emotionally and financially throughout my hockey career suddenly stopped their encouragement. In spite of all the barriers that stood in front of me I knew inside that I was destined to snowboard.
I set out on my quest to become the worlds best snowboarder that year knowing that I was fighting an uphill battle. Unlike most snowboarders I didn’t strap in for my first time until I was 17 years old . Not only was I already behind my age group for experience I also had zero financial backing, which meant zero coaching. Although I have still never been professionally coached, and still have no financial backing, I am making my dreams a reality! I have been featured in newspapers, magazines, and TV shows. I have competed in events such as: The Vans Cup, Chevy Grand Prix, and Burton U.S Open. Currently I am fixated on competing in the X Games half pipe event and making the U.S. Snowboard team. I aim to inspire all snowboarders who are not given the blessings and opportunities of a young start and financial backing. I encourage everyone regardless of their current situation to chase after their dreams and not settle for anything less than obtaining their wildest dreams. I invite all who come across this to ‘join’ in on my journey and see what the future holds.