Nationality: Proudly South African
Home Town: Benoni
Started ridng: when i was 15
Gear: Goodwood 102cm signature deck, Globe Motely Shoes
Top Places to Ride: Little Africa, Bryans house, Battle Falls, McCormicks and Stoke City
Favourite Moves: Nothing wrong with a straight kickflip
Favourite Rider: Dieter Humpsch
Riding Tips: if it gets frustrating, just remember why you started, to have fun.
Other Dirty habits: Skateboarding is the only other major one i would consider as a habbit.
Sponsors: Goodwood Wakeskates, Fox Head Inc. Clothing, Skullcandy earphones and Globe footwear.
Facebook: Matti Buys
Pictures: Dale Nieuwstad
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Dirty Habits: You are currently in Orlando living and riding with SA home boy Dieter Humpsch at his home (Little Africa) in Florida, One of the best wakeskaters in the World. Tell us about more.
Matti: Its pretty nuts, im not going to lie. I cant believe how lucky i am not only to be staying with one of my favourite riders but also to be shown the ropes not only in wakeskating but also in life in general by him. i could’nt call a better place home than Little Africa while im in the US. i am super blessed.
Dirty Habits: Seems like a insane set up at Dieters spot, with pool gap in the garden, a lake and a bunch of pro wakeskaters getting up to no good. Walk us through your average day at Little Africa.
Matti: Haha, well it will normally start off with Diets thinking up some creative way to wake us up like flying the RC helicopter into our window or setting Brutus on us, then we will start filling up the pools and get down to some breakfast, usually cookie crisp or something with peanut butter, after this we will assess the conditions and decide on what we want to ride, either boat, jet ski or the pool gap, some days we will head to Battle Falls or try and get some riding in at one of the cables, after a good midday set we will either head out to lunch or make something at home, this is generally where we discuss what our next rail or pool gap invention will look like, then we will have another set on one of the above options all depending on whether or not we have a typical Florida afternoon thundershower(hence how i found the time to answer this interview) after which we will probably head out to Lowes hardware to get some form of materials for a build or repair or just something to add to the aesthetics of Little Africa, then we will end off the day with some dinner and either a skate on the mini-ramp or some XBox in the garage.
Dirty Habits: Wakeskating seems to be becoming a lot more popular now, with some sick events around the globe, and a solid wakeskate tour with some decent stops. Tell us about the wakeskate industry, and how we can grow it in SA.
Matti: The Wakeskate industry seems to be growing more and more by the year and with its diversity it really opens up a lot of doors for dfferent angles of attack, with the boat side, or jet ski riding as well as the winch and system 2.0 stuff seen on the wakeskate tour. i think everyone in SA is putting in some effort to do it, i just think the sport needs to be brought to the people more with proper, legit and safe contest set ups in Urban areas as well as near schools rather than out on a lake where exposure is limited.
Dirty Habits: You’ve been riding with some of the best wakeskaters in the world this last month, tell us about the crew there and how it is influencing your riding and progression.
Matti: Most of the guys here are really cool and pretty much anyone you meet can really throw down on a, its been super fun to ride with some of the legends and also the newer guys who throw down. Seeing them ride infront of you defintely motivates you a lot more and gets you really excited to go out and learn something new.
Dirty Habits: Tell us about wakeskating in SA, do you see it growing enough for there to be a pure wakeskate event. what would be the perfect wakeskate event?
Matti: we used to have ‘Welcome To Summer Jam’ which was a reallu amazing wakeskate only event in SA that i really felt was moving in the right direction as well as West Coast wakeskate Jam which was also really good. i truely believe that wakeboarding and wakeskating collaberated contests are neccesary but also the more wakeskate only contests we have the faster the sport will grow and the more wakeskate only groms we will produce.
Dirty Habits: If you could change anything about SA Wake boarding what would it be?
Matti: i would just want more Wake The Line, Wakeskate Tour vibed contests as opposed to that of the usual federation affiliated contests. The federation contests are neccessary no doubt, but i dont feel that they appeal to spectators as much of say Ultimate X does.
Dirty Habits: What are your plans for the rest of the year
Matti: i land back home on the 5th of September and then the following weekend the Cable Tour starts again in Joburg, followed by a few more events in September that i would like to go to. i was looking forwards to spending a couple weeks in Cape Town shredding the cable and possibly winching during the end of September to the beginning of October but certain circumstances may have caused these plans to change. Other than that i would like to do a few more wakeskating related road trips as well as just hanging out with everyone back home for our summer and comp season. i would definitely like to release a few more web clips as the years goes by.
VIDEO: Matti Buys
Edited by : Craig Eygenberger (Eggburger)
Dirty Habits: Shout out?
Matti: Mom and Dad and the whole family, Diets, Victoria, Salem, Marley and Brutus. Dyl and Craig for sifting through footage, Craig for putting up with me, Anthony, Arno, 2-Step, Dale, Dev, Bryan, the Peaches, Ryan, Jono, Matt and Dorin, Clayton and Daniel and Dustin, Phiko, Hailey and Ryan and anyone else who has ever filmed for me, lifted me, drove for me and operated for me