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Name: Mathew Lamont
Best known as: Mat
Living now: Plymouth
Class: Short boat
Current boats: Hobson Spirit and Fusion
Shaft of choice: Straight
Big volume or tight and technical: Big volume
Favourite paddling spot: Easky Left
How did you get into paddling?
I got into paddling when I was 11 years old, myself and my dad getting a boat each. We joined a local club where I started whitewater kayaking. After doing this for a while, I joined the development squad for surf kayaking in Northern Ireland. From here it was onwards and upwards, spending a lot of weekends with a bunch of other kids surf kayaking. I’ve now competed in 3 world championships and with this, I’ve had the chance to travel to some great locations.
Achievements: I’ve won 2 British men’s titles and I came 9th in the most recent world championship in Peru 2019
What's next... ambitions / plans: I’m targeting the 2022 worlds in Bude where I’m hoping to improve last editions result. I’d love to get a third consecutive British men’s title too
Best things about paddling: Being in the flow of a good wave and on the edge of control
Best boating moment: Winning the 2016 Irish open, possibly the best surf I’ve had in a contest and a great group of people on the water
Worst boating moment: I can’t think of a specific one, but getting in as the tide shifts to the wrong sandbar and waves deteriorating instantly always sucks
Any other Hobbies: Climbing, cycling, hiking
Ultimate worldwide destination: I’d love to go back to Santa Cruz California for an event, I loved the last one I went to
Drink: Red ale
Movie: Valley Uprising
Piece of Peak Kit: Semi ST