This weekend you can catch all best local Joburg BMX riders, as well as a few of the Cape Town and Durban gents, at the NAZ Summer Jam at Hartebeespoort Dam. One of the local kids that has been shredding it for the past few years, is Matthew “Matt” Duffy. We also found out that he has started his own photography company called, Phoenix Visuals, where he mainly takes images of BMX and the scene. Take a look at the interview we did with this talented gent…
Matt Duffy & Phoenix Visual
MA: Tell us about your journey to where you are today, a little bit of background on how you began riding BMX?
I had a close friend that moved over to Australia about 3 years back and he had a little GT Dyno BMX that I bought from him for R200. I started messing around in the street with 2 neighbors and after a while we went to our first skate park: Fest (the old one). After many ups, downs and upside downs, here I am.
MA: What has influenced you over the years to keep pushing and progressing?
Nothing is more fun for me than learning something new. Also have a drive to try push the sport in SA so maybe we can catch up with international levels some day. I definitely owe a lot of it to my favourite riders: Logan Martin, Alex Coleborn, Kyle Baldock, Malcolm Peters and Jacques Fourie. Always inspiring me to go bigger.
MA What has you most excited about our local riders and how the sport is progressing to heights never seen before in South Africa?
Malcolm Peters’ riding just blows my mind! He’s on other levels, doing all the big tricks and always doing it consistently as well as a bunch of riders that are slaying (Duck, Jason Prins, Jason Hood, etc). I’m also amped about all the events that are happening and I hope it continues to grow. But at the same time, a lot has decreased since before my time. There used to be tons of crazy parks all around the country and more are slowly dying off. The level of a lot of riding has also gone down due to this and other things.
I’ve always been into the whole photo and video thing so when I got a gopro last year, that just started everything properly. I later borrowed Jacques’ Nikon and snapped something like 6000 pictures haha. I got more and more into it, made the page on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thephoenixvisual) and now I’ve got a website too (http://phoenixvisual.wix.com/phoenixvisual). Hopefully studying Multimedia next year so we’ll see where it heads.
MA: Are you just focused of action sports, more specifically BMX, or are you interested in photography in general?
I’ve done a bit of other things here and there but mainly riding because that’s what fills most of my time. I would really like to expand and do a lot more though, so maybe someone needs to book me for an event haha. Check out the web site and facebook page to check out the pictures.
MA: To date, what has been your best achievement as a rider or photographer in the scene?
Getting onto Syndicate BMX was probably my biggest achievement so far. They do a lot for me and there’s a lot coming for the scene in SA, stayed tuned. Other than that… Well I haven’t really achieved anything else.
MA: You are pretty invested in the BMX scene at the moment, what would you say needs to happen for it be anything close to the scene overseas?
Hmmm that’s a tricky one. More skateparks (SKATEPARKS, not speed humps) would definitely help but if you look at the street scene, SA has some amazing spots but the street scene in SA still isn’t up there. I guess more motivated riders that are willing to put down? I’ve seen quite a few of them too though. Maybe companies putting more in?
MA: Is there anything you are working on that we might be interested in?
Well I just put a new web edit out today, check the link below:
MA: Where do you see yourselves in 5 years time?
Twitter! And I guess facebook, but you can add me as a friend alternatively 😉
MA: Lastly, if you could have a sesh with any 3 riders in the world, who would they be?
Logan Martin, Alex Coleborn and I’d like to sesh more often with Moe Peters.