Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Andrew Matthews and I'm a snowboarder athlete from Yellowknife, NWT. I decided to start this blog to keep my friends, family, fans and sponsors up to date about my life as a full time snowboarder. I will be posting about my travels, competitions, training and random awesome things that I come across. Enjoy the journey!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Press Release - FSC Continues Support!

I'm thrilled to announce that FSC Architects and Engineers will be supporting me for another season. They have signed on as a Diamond Sponsor (my highest level) this year! This is huge for allowing me to continue training at such a high level. I have big plans for this season that are only possible because of the funding that I receive. Thank you to FSC and all of my sponsors! To see the official press release, go to the Sport North website.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Photos found!

Andrew Matthews
Originally uploaded by Alba Pardo

I just found this photo of me from the Grenade Games on Flickr. I'm trying the auto blog post from Flickr so I hope it works out!

- A

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Uber Post

Hello hello!

Thanks for checking in on my blog. Boy am I glad that you're here because I've got something special for you in this post. Last April I was selected to snowboard in a commercial for the Hudson's Bay Company. Well last week while my family and I were watching the hockey game, the commercial aired for the first time. It was interesting to see the final product after witnessing all the work that goes into making a one minute commercial (and that was just the filming!). The idea of the add is a timeline of the Hudson's Bay Company, I think it turned out pretty well. The YouTube video already has over 27,000 hits! What are you waiting for? Click already!

I realize that it's been a while since I last posted, the reason for which is that I was just finishing off a calculus course for the University of British Columbia by correspondence. With this course, I'm officially done my first year of Engineering at UBC. It feels great to have this under my belt.

On to more exciting things that I've been up to... I learned how to surf! I've wanted to try surfing for a long time, I've heard stories about how amazing it is. Well my experience definitely lived up to these stories, it was unreal! My friends Craig, Mike and I were only Tofino for one weekend in September but we made the best of it. We lucked out too, the weather couldn't have been better. On our first day, we decided it would be a good idea to take a group lesson as none of us had any idea how to surf. The lesson really helped set us in the right direction. I was hooked after my first wave. The feeling is amazing, similar to floating over powder on a snowboard. On our second day, we rented the equipment and went out on our own. We spent the entire day paddling out and trying our best to catch waves. After numerous times getting rocked by waves, and some tips from the locals, I finally caught some sick waves. I was totally wiped by the end of the weekend but it was well worth it. My friends Craig and Mike were also getting the hang of it by the end of the weekend. We all had a great time!

Mike and I getting ready for an adventure

"Paddle paddle paddle! Get up! Yeah!

At the end of the summer I worked a couple of weeks with my brother at Flipside Watersports. The water in August isn't always that warm and I was amazed that the kids were still pumped on going in the water.
Me teaching Dylan how to do it

The water may be chili in August but the sunsets in Yellowknife make up for it.

It snowed today in Yellowknife and I'm pumped for the upcoming season. I'm doing everything I can to be ready for the best season of my life. I've been doing a lot of yoga, along with my usual dry land routine to get in shape. I'll be doing crazy grabs and tweaks this year so watch out!

Until next time, 'Stay classy San Diego'

- Ron Burgundy