VICE Meets: BMX Rider Mat Hoffman
VICE Meets: BMX Rider Mat Hoffman

[PEACEFUL GUITAR MUSIC] JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: Hello. We’re going to see my friend
Mat Hoffman right now. And if you don’t know
who he is, Mat is– he’s like the Evel Knievel of
our time– not “like,” “is.” And me, Jeff, and Spike just
did a documentary on him. Tremaine was actually
the director, me and Spike, mere producers. Anyway, the documentary is
called The Birth of Big Air. And we made the movie because
Mat is awesome. TONY HAWK: If you know anything
about BMX, you know who Mat Hoffman is. And maybe that’s all you know. [PUNK MUSIC] SPIKE JONZE: There is this
point where it feels like everything’s been done. And then somebody does something
else, and it opens up a whole new realm
of possibilities. And Mat’s probably done
that a dozen times. MAT HOFFMAN: Is that really
possible, or am I just completely an idiot? MALE SPEAKER 1: Mat’s holding
on one-handed down this rickety-ass plywood runway. MALE SPEAKER 2: You could crash
and kill yourself just on the run-up to the ramp. SPIKE JONZE: He’s like that
big, and there’s that much air under him. The ramp’s that big. MAT HOFFMAN: And whether I
hold it, or skip to the ground, that moment
was everything. MALE SPEAKER 3: Three years
after Mat tore down his last big ramp, X Games added MegaRamp
and made it the centerpiece of the event. MALE SPEAKER 4: You watch the X
Games today, and you’ve got guys risking their lives
on these huge ramps. And Mat was definitely the guy
who started ratcheting it up to where it got to today. TONY HAWK: He was the
first guy to do any sort of big ramp stuff. And now we’ve got the whole Big
Air event in the X Games. And that’s largely because of
Mat ever trying it, or ever dreaming it. JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: Today’s a
little nerve-wracking because a couple years ago, Mat almost
lost his right arm. He was in a big wreck. A semi hit him. So he hasn’t ridden anything
big for two years, and the doctors told him he would
never ride again. And today he’s riding
a very gnarly bowl. People say, oh, I love that
so much I’d give my right arm for it. Mat could do that today. I don’t know, I’m just
a little nervous. MAT HOFFMAN: I have
no idea what I’m– this is like a new beginning,
this is like a first challenge, of like– I’ve never ridden a
ramp like this. I have whole new equipment. My arm has got totally
new limits. It’s been a long kind
of ride that I’ve been doing with this– Thanks, PJ, man. JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: Man, he’s a
foul-mouthed little prick. He cussed me the whole
way up here for leaving him in the car. I said, Yoda, I am a Baptist,
and my ears aren’t garbage cans. So I’ll put him over here. MAT HOFFMAN: I really believed
that my arm wasn’t going to work, and that I had totally
new limits, but they were limits that– pain tolerance– couldn’t really
ignore, because it just didn’t work anymore. The power of a semi truck
hitting you at 50 miles an hour is just ridiculous. And so I’ve just lost these
muscles that control this arm. If you can kind of see my
collarbone, how that just moves around, it’s not even
attached to anything. I’ve gone through here. I’ve gone through
this one twice. And I’ve gone through
this one. And I’ve been looking at my
bike– how am I going to figure this out again, how
am I going to play? I started looking at my
body like, more as– JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: A bicycle
part, like Spike said. MAT HOFFMAN: And doctors
are like carpenters. After you get hurt enough, you
just start seeing your– you’re just a piece of– your body’s a part
of your bike. It’s all one piece
of equipment. We’re trying to keep going. JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: I don’t
think most people look at it that way. MAT HOFFMAN: And really, what
people don’t understand is I’m happy either way. I’m happy waking up on the flat
bar, as happy as I am airing out. Because it’s just like– I’m just going for it. JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: You had a
bunch of surgeries on you before the wreck, right? MAT HOFFMAN: Yeah, I’ve had
25 something surgeries. JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: He’s held
together by pins, rods, and duct tape. MAT HOFFMAN: I owe my life to
medical science, really. JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: He’s a very
nerve-wracking friend to have. [PUNK MUSIC] SIMON TABRON: That’s
pure, encapsulated passion right there. In England, we call it
reckless abandon. It’s a beautiful thing. Oh my god. Sorry, he just did
something scary. That’s all he does. Jesus. JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: He can’t
even shake someone’s hand without holding his right
forearm, so you don’t pull his right shoulder out of socket,
and he’s out here doing that. [PUNK MUSIC] JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: Mat’s got one
arm, no brakes, defying all odds by riding again. What am I doing? Just lugging beer up the hill. [MUSIC CONTINUES] JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: He loves it. He loves riding. The doctor told him,
you cannot do that, you won’t ride again. I’m Mat’s personal
assistant today. I’m his driver. Actually, I’m not driving
I’m moral support. MAT HOFFMAN: This is a story
that I never thought I was going to tell. So whenever I got this
opportunity to do this with Spike and Jeff and PJ and those
people that kind of grew up with this spirit and this
fire, like, being able to tell the story through them, it’s
really all of our story. What it’s all about is just
going for it, you know. The way I like to play, and
the same with you– not many people like
to live that way. They just like to be like, OK
wait, are your sure this– let me see some track record. It’s like, where are
you going in life? You’re just following what’s
already been done. When it comes down to it, to go
for it, that untalented– JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: To
be that untal– I take untalented to
a whole new level. Thank you, Mat. Jeez, I thought he was going to
give me some props on this. MAT HOFFMAN: To be that
untalented, but then still go for it, that’s that spirit
that anybody should have. I wish I had that because– JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: Thank you? MAT HOFFMAN: Totally. He knows he can’t do this,
because after watching him go for this multiple times, I now
know he can’t do this. It’s not acting. But he’s still going to go for
it because he can’t help it. He just goes for it. He likes to go for it. There’s a great saying
in Bolt. I think it was like, in order to
make the impossible become possible, you must be awesome. JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: Why didn’t
I think of that? I’ve just been being a douche. I could be awesome, and things
would totally change. MAT HOFFMAN: My favorite thing
is being as high as I can be, and getting the best view. And seeing all this spectacular
landscape. I want to be up in there
and looking down on it. [PUNK MUSIC] [LIGHT APPLAUSE] MAT HOFFMAN: I’m sorry. JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: He said, one
more, I’m not going to try nothing hard or anything. I’m like, OK. Knowing he was going to– that was awesome. SIMON TABRON: I’m sorry I made
your friend do craziness. In the skateboard pool. [LAUGHTER] JOHNNY KNOXVILLE: You can’t
high five that arm. The other one you
can high five.

84 thoughts on “VICE Meets: BMX Rider Mat Hoffman”

  1. RM6330 says:

    0:52 Check the length of that seatpost!

  2. WantTeaBag says:


  3. itscrazytrevor says:

    Three months later & still only up to 1,148 views for some epic air BMX jumps THEY need to keep replugging the classic old stuff! I like that Jonny Knoxville has to transfer his beer from the nice cold bottle to a room temperature jelly jar that he is used to drinking his moon shine out off!

  4. DNAManufacturing says:

    This is brilliant. Mat you have been an inspiration to me and riders everywhere! Although I would probably stop after my collar bone wasn't attached to anything haha.

  5. Michael Cruz says:

    how is this not big! this is so cool. its kinda cool to be one of the only people to know about this documentary

  6. Empirical Idealist says:

    If you were a youth during the 90s then Matt Hoffman was a main Man for inspiration for skaters and BMXers alike.

  7. GrassMoneyManiac says:

    So true. He was/is a mad man in the best possible way.

  8. toxickatie says:

    mat is awesome. less knoxville, less slo mo. more mat.

  9. onzie9 says:

    This video is awesome, but I think my favorite part is how he it putting his bike together with a crescent wrench.

  10. bigheadmike says:

    thank you for giving me some inspiration to go out and ride

  11. Fortnite Gahndi Mandi Man says:

    U are of jackasd

  12. Anthony Garcia says:

    haha love the subtitles: "punk music"

  13. Ham 'Housekeeping' Sarris says:

    not breakless though

  14. G Tanda says:

    I remember reading comics about this guy, he changed bmxing

  15. ssbj144 says:

    Mat Hoffman in the house.

  16. CherryAppIeJuice says:

    Kind of looks like mel gibson

  17. Shaun Baker says:

    Mat & Johnny are twinzies lol old wore out legendary motha fuckers that look alike lol

  18. Someone's Channel says:

    I didn't know that he got hit by a semi!!!

  19. 1-800 pipeline says:

    that's fucking insane

  20. Hoffman Bikes says:

    Great guys great edit..

  21. Anton Morris says:

    @4.08 why did the crowd flinch??

  22. Hunk Bunk says:

    mat hoffman

  23. copomo says:

    what pedals mat used in this clip?

  24. Aking213 says:

    This man is a legend

  25. mike kenney says:

    the condor

  26. Siberius Wolf says:

    Did the doctor tell him that he will never ride again.. or did the doctor say that if he rode his bike again it would be stupid? I'm thinking it was more likely the latter..

  27. Stokes_Trap_Official says:

    I hate this interviewer

  28. Sam Williams says:

    Makes my stomach turn watching him crash every time. Party on Mat.

  29. Matthew Phillips says:

    Mat Hoffman is fucking awesome and I will forever miss my Big Daddy ride (one day I will find the #### that jacked it.

  30. hedlund88 says:

    damn over 100 concussions


    the Radness!

  32. JBatts41 says:

    A 360 with one arm… unreal Matty, Honour I road a Dirty 130

  33. Chris chris says:

    the doctors tell you lots of thing but if you want just go do it one life no room for what ifs

  34. Andy Mac says:

    watching vids like this makes me want to ride.

  35. J. Bermudez says:

    I feel like not many people know about the semi-truck thing. To go through that alone would have been incredible, but add in all the other injuries and the fact that this dude STILL drop-kicks boundaries in the face, and you get a truly super-human story. Hail the Condor, may the Miracle Boy fly in peace and Love to all BMX!

  36. Bryan bkk says:

    Glad his story is being told. I saw him ride a few times back in the day…amazing legend.

  37. Alfredo Jonstone says:

    don't change Matt – wonderful

  38. thedjartillery says:

    Hopefully he doesn't have the same fate as Mirra. The Condor is legend.

  39. Cody Kain says:

    "And what am I doing? Just lugging beer up this hill" dead 😲😲😲😲

  40. ollie rocker says:

    Tuffest Man in Sports.

  41. Eliot Mitzéus says:

    6:07 looks like a jar of piss ;o

  42. gorgeoussteve says:

    Even guys like Rich Piana, Chuck Norris and Rambo turn into Sissies….compared to MAT

  43. drumtravelfun says:

    Fuck I hope he doesn't have CTE.

  44. DrkViol801 says:

    Knoxville brings the Yoda figure, lugging beer up the hill, ha

  45. Sean Barrett says:

    I got some pretty gnarly scars from biking, stopped after i got impaled in my torso. But all good now.

  46. sdichari099 says:

    Matt Hoffman pro bmx

  47. Dankus Malfoy says:

    why the fuck do i have listen to 30 second advert of featuring insecure women when im here to watch a bmx video?

  48. ryan wilson says:

    johnny didn't really look like he was in a totally good place/state of mind. He was smiles and laughs but something seemed off with that dude here.

  49. WaldoUnited says:

    Best ramp rider ever. I'm afraid he has CTE now and the result will be a much shorter life but fuck man, Mat rules! Would like more info on the semi accident?

  50. Gulfripper 44 says:

    Is this a private bowl?

  51. Insane Wayne says:


  52. Tom Hepburn says:

    respect the legend

  53. VILE BMX says:

    This is so rad. I couldn't stop smiling. Stoked level is high!

  54. jbmp1390 says:

    I will never understand how Hoffman is not completely addicted to painkillers. One of the toughest dudes ever.

  55. Eric Everett says:

    Mat said like at least 16,000 times

  56. _ EST _ says:

    Awesome! What a mindset!

  57. Jimbo Slice says:

    poor ole mat is half brein ded… ty tho

  58. Marc Bryant says:

    God I haven't thought of Matt Hoffman in years. me and my friends were always so stoked every time we would see him in BMX plus riding Skyway at 14 years old he was like God to us. Even though we were about the same age…. Jesus where does the time go I'm 44 years old now

  59. ryan f says:

    Alright matt IS one of the GOATs ofBMX and action sports, but Really Pastrana is the greatest all around Action sports star. Pastrana is the modern Evil Kinevil

  60. bluegill says:

    The real reason this is amazing is that he's riding converse


    This dude is ridiculous.

  62. TgO Ashtrey says:

    Dude amazing

  63. Jesse Arellanes says:

    that was awesome

  64. Seth Stevenson says:

    R.i.p. Dave Mirra

  65. Lobohoffmanshadows Hoffmansshadows says:

    My hero

  66. Carlo Gigante says:

    Johnny Knoxville is so entertaining he almost nullifies the necessity of a pro bmx legend.

  67. naw forreal says:

    ride a bmx & love life! or just ride a bike. it's good exercise. good for the environment

  68. VSVP J says:

    Lmao Johnny Knoxville made this video 10x better

  69. Joe w says:

    The man is a legend.

  70. Tonmy Ritter says:

    The Condor Matt OG Hoffman. Mad props.

  71. shadow play237 says:

    Is it just me, or do mat and Johnnie look alike?

  72. 4c1dr3fl3x says:

    RIP Dave Mirra
    Edit: Drinking game time: Take a shot every time Mat says "Go for it"

  73. SouthernSun41 says:

    Such a legend of the sport

  74. Vanilla Biscut says:

    I know this guy personally I’m best friends with his son Jhett Hoffman

  75. crusherbmx says:

    Too many concussions…..but the guy is awesome!

  76. Grand making a pop Prince of Mighties says:

    Host a Show in Deer capital of the World! Antlers OK 74523!

  77. elevenfox420 says:

    100 plus concussions holy shit the state of this guys brain

  78. Ramon diaz says:

    Matt Hoffman looks like Phil Dunphy

  79. Ionic says:

    And here I am, terrified to even try a 180…… God I'm such a pussy. lol.

  80. Duder 5o2 says:


  81. Julian Outlaw says:

    Mat Hoffman bmx game demo in thp

  82. burns83 says:

    "He would never ride again" again like for the 12th time because he is protected like no one

  83. Chutes Harrowyn Daly says:

    I just want to sock knoxville in his face. He is such a ficking punk, wanna be lame. God damn buzzard.

  84. Apollyon says:

    Mat deserves a better video.

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