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Childhood for Mat Hoffman was a high-flying, hazardous, nonstop search for the next big rush. At age eleven he experimented with his bike on a plywood ramp and discovered his true calling -- BMX freestyle.
By age fourteen, he had earned national notoriety for his skill, passion, and daring on a bike. In the two decades since, his ingenuity and talent have taken him around the world and helped him shatter records while redefining the sport of BMX. His fearlessness has earned him the respect of his peers, and he has the battle scars to prove it -- he's suffered more than fifty broken bones and more concussions than he can remember.
In The Ride of My Life, Hoffman reveals the ups and downs of his own life and the story of the sport he helped define.
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Mat Hoffman divides his duties as a father, rider, action figure, and the H.M.F.I.C. of Hoffman Bikes. He continues to develop, promote, and organize BMX stunt riding events around the world. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and daughter. He still rides every day.From School Library Journal:
Adult/High School-It's no exaggeration to say that the sport of BMX freestyle couldn't exist as it does today without the efforts of Hoffman, the first rider to "pull a 900" (rotate the bike in the air two and a half times after escalating off the ramp). At age 17, he bought a semi truck and put together a touring team of trick riders. Two years later, he started Hoffman Bikes (it still exists) with a loan from the Small Business Administration, a few friends, and an immense amount of desire. He helped ESPN2 produce the early X Games. He's broken countless bones, had several concussions, and undergone an experimental ACL reconstruction without anesthesia. Hoffman tells his story from the time he dropped out of school to ride in BMX tournaments professionally until late 2002, when he was 30 and he, skateboarder Tony Hawk, and many other extreme sports superstars took the "Boom Boom Huck Jam" music and sports production on the road. Nearly every page of the book has at least one black-and-white photograph showing Hoffman in action; a few color photos are also included. An appendix defines the more complicated tricks. Though Hoffman's tale will be enjoyed mostly by extreme-sports enthusiasts, anyone could find inspiration from the success and pleasure he has gotten from hard work, passion, and desire.
Jamie Watson, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore
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