“With every jump the very first attempt is terrifying. But as soon as you have started the first attempt and have felt the ramp, the fear vanishes”, says Mat, the first FIM IFMXF World Champion. The Swiss ace had already garnered the unofficial predecessor of the title in 2005 as the victor of the FMX Night of the Jumps Tour. And he was already in the limelight in March 2006 when he forced Travis Pastrana to his knees in an unforgettable fight at the Red Bull X-Fighters in Mexico City and landed in second place at the Winter X Games in the category Moto Best Trick.
Mat already made his first rounds as a four year old. He rode in motocross and supercross races. In 2000, he specialized in freestyle motocross, became a pro and thus realized a dream. Mat has been living in Co-rona, California, since the summer of 2005, and he shuttles between America and Europe. With winning sev-eral Red Bull X-Fighters, taking the silver medal at X Games 14 and claiming the Tour Title of the Red Bull X-Fighters Series 2008, Mat Rebeaud becomes the man to beat also in 2009. By the way, he commutes be-tween home and airport exclusively on four wheels: “Privately I only drive a car. I do not have a road bike, indeed not even a permit – only one for freestyle!”
Mat was the first sports athlete to have his own personal Swatch pro model (YOZ100), released in 2008.
The second one was to follow in 2012 “Wonder Zebra” (SUOZ703), as part of the Sports Collection.
After a long and energy taking injury period in 2011 & 2012, Mat will in 2013 return to the Intl. competition tableau at Red Bull X-Fighters and X-Games Brazil.
Underflip variations one hand and Backflip Tsunami
Quote: “Every day is like a holiday if you can live your passion.”