When I think of Matt, I think of smiles, laughs, power hugs and
power nollies, in that order. A massive personality filled with love for
those close to him, with a unique and personal vision of what
skateboarding was and could be that shaped the vision of many others. We
spent some close and formative times together, and I can absolutely say
that he helped shape my career in skateboarding, but more so he gave me
a true friendship that endures despite distance and time. I think most
of his friends can say that. But lord, the power! Explosive. When
Fieldsy got the spark, look out! Raw energy. Huge snaps, full speed,
sometimes barely in control, just barging. He could really turn it on.
Aggressive creativity, with flow and determination. Being around it was
seriously motivational. Matt was always good at inspiring others. I can
hear him yelling out and laughing during sessions right now. Still makes
me smile. He has been through hard times, big ups and downs, but he is a
soul survivor, a loving father and husband, and friend to many. His
vision lives on. I see it, too. Stay strong, Matty, stay you. Buck!