Matt Cooper / Senior Instructor
USKiters/IKO Level 2 Instructor
Matt rocks for his outgoing personality, stoke and motivating his students.
Matt’s teaching style is thorough , technical, patient with an emphasis on safety and of course fun!
Matt has been teaching kiteboarding on Maui for 9 years!
An Interview with Matt:
Where were you born?
Where did you go to school?
University of Wyoming
What did you study?
How did you get in to kiteboarding?
Took one lesson from a guy Kieth Cabe on Kauai 2003.
What brought you to Maui?
The realization that to become proficient, I needed practice. I planned to stay 6 months and go back to the mountains…nearly 10 years ago.
What are your other hobbies/ sports?
Snow skiing (nordic and alpine) camping, hiking, biking and sometimes even surfing (on a windless day)
Where have you travelled?
My passport is empty (non-existant actually)
What is your favorite place on Earth?
Vedauwoo, Wyoming in the Summer
Favorite Kiter?Most infuencial Kiter?
What move/ style defines you the most? Waves, Freestyle, etc?
Strapless surf/skim style. Hydrofoiling my finless “alaia” knee deep (feels like skiing in deep powder)
What move/ style are you working on?
surf down the line ‘blind’ or maybe a back-roll transition where the board stays on the water.
What lessons do you most like to teach? Beginner, Int, Adv, Wave ,Boost, Tricks.etc and why?
Naturally any lesson where I get to fly my kite is kind of fun. I especially enjoy watching people light up when they have a breakthrough.
How would you describe your teaching style? Techie, Hands On, Patient, etc:
Geeky-Techie. Yeah we can scroll some equations in the sand, but you do not need to understand the underlying physics to be a sucessful kiteboarder.
What was your biggest success teaching?
Once I had a 14 year old boy who could ride both directions after 3 hours. My friend Jay’s first ride was on his surfboard…strapless. Pick one ?
What was your funniest kiteboarding story?
I once lent a pair of surf-shorts to a student (not mine) who returned to shore half naked. I doubt his shorts were ever found!
What is the most important tip you would give a beginner learning to kite?
Remember to secure your pants.
How many years teaching and where?
I began teaching in 2005 on Maui.
What are your certifications?
Iko Level 2 Water
Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior by Dr. David R. Hawkins
The Shawshank Redemption
What stokes you out the most in life?
The easy answer is “dropping into a perfect wave,” but really this is the same reason I used to ski so often growing up. Being outdoors.
What are your goals for the future?
Flight. Aviation of some sort. Maybe paragliding or even helicopters…just takes cash.
Are you mostly, kinetic, audial or visual?
Visual. I took a test once that said so ?
Facebook address, If you want it out there:
Don’t have one
Anything you would add:
Remember to visualize your success often