Matt is a Newport Beach, California native where he attended Newport Elementary and Ensign Middle School. After graduating from Corona del Mar High School in 1977. Matt left mid year from C.d.M. H.S. and was immediately accepted at St. Mary’s College of California for 1 year then transferred to Chaminade College of Honolulu, Hawaii where he majored in Business, Political Science and completed his studies and received a degree in education.
Matt competed in the late 70’s collegiate and professional levels in California and Hawaii. Matt's notoriety was pure world class talent when surfing, noticed by top surfing professional photographers who were contracted by numerous surfing magazines taking pictures of Matt at well known spots. As a result, Matt was featured in numerous surf magazines, exposition films and newspaper articles.
Matt started teaching twenty-seven years ago by word of mouth. To his surprise, the surf school took off so he designed a technical approach with attention to detail with his signature curriculum courses for those who are serious to learn how to surf and bring their surf skills to the next level. His connections of knowing the best surfers, shapers, shop owners and many other top end surf industry giants only added to his vision to create a private professional surf school like no other. Matt pioneered the first surf school of its kind twenty seven years ago with his top professional surf trainers to accomplish his vision of transforming every student into competent surfers. Matt’s curriculum programs from beginner to advanced covers tips on safety, wave knowledge, meteorology, ocean training, and guidance on appropriate custom boards and equipment to complete the process for all students.