Matt started as a 5-year old “water dog” on a boggie board at Avila Beach on the Central Coast of California. He spent many years, and every summer, playing and recreating in the local and high Sierra lakes, and along the coast of the Pacific ocean. Matt first experienced canoeing on Northern California’s Russian River with his Scout troop. He has always preferred wide open spaces and the great outdoors. During his senior year of high school, Matt started working for a local small business in Shell Beach, California called Central Coast Kayaks. It was there that his love of the ocean blossomed and he found his “home”. Matt spent the next ten years as a guide, teacher and mentor for customers of all ages and skill levels, as well as fellow employees. Matt was often requested as the lead guide for tours through the famous Dinosaur Caves along the Shell Beach coastline.
After graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in Graphic Communications, Matt started tending to Central Coast Kayak’s website and became the “go to guy” for all things involving the shop activities. Matt relocated to the Portland area with his fiance and found a home at Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe where he has taken to everything paddle sports. Still the “water dog” at heart, Matt enjoys free diving, scuba diving and fishing.