Career highlights: Matt and his brother Jake Gauthier won the Open Pairs title in 2006 and 2007. He is also the 2007 and 2004 Mixed Pairs Champion (w/Lisa Hunrichs). He was Super Hein champ in 2003, and won Move of the Year in 2000 and in 2006. He won Arizona states in
Media exposure: Matt has appeared in the Press Democrat Newspaper, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Portland Tribune, KFTY News Channel 50, KGW TV, Rose Parade, Taiwan T.V., Fox News 12 Portland, a Wham-O promotional video, and multiple home videos.
Appearances: In 2003, Matt performed freestyle demonstrations with Dave Schiller in Taipei County, the north coast of Taiwan, and has performed freestlye demos in numerous schools.
Mentor(s): Mike Esterbrook, Jimmy Zuur, the spirit of jammers everywhere, and a little video.
Started playing: 1996
How I started playing: At 11 years old, I saw Tommy Leitner do a demo at my school, and I knew what I had to do with my life! When I was 16 my brother, Jake Gauthier, introduced me to Mike Esterbrook, a longtime freestyle devotee, and the rest is history!
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Favorite move: Favorite Move I Can Do: Sabbatical Favorite Move Names: Alien Birth Ritual, Calaveras Back Roll Favorite move to work on in the living room: Third world 1&1/2 scarecrow.
Partners past & present: Jake Gauthier, Lisa Hunrichs, Dave Lewis, Randy Silvey, Steve (Beast) Hayes, Skippy Jammer, Mike Cloud, Art Viger, Scott Weaver, Greg Riley, Bob Boulware, Arthur Coddington.
Matt brings an explosive energy to the sport of freestyle. With a "go for it!" attitude, a passion for fun, and a fierce dedication to the growth of the sport, Matt has quickly become an exciting presence on the freestyle scene. He has climbed into the top 20 in the world rankings, and now, after winning his third World Championships title, is currently ranked #9. With his brother, Jake Gauthier, he administers heinsville.com, a fun and informative website dedicated to promoting the art of freestyle frisbee and encouraging new players to join and enjoy the sport. He designs, markets, and sells custom-made Hein Nails, an exceptional variety of fake fingernail that players use to improve their freestyle skills; and Whiz-rings, an excellent tool for players of all levels to improve their brushing game.
Skippy Jammer wrote the following when Matt won the honor of Rookie of the Year in 1998: As the fire of the glory days of the UFOS (Sonoma, CA) diminished, from the ashes rises the Phoenix. In this case there are two Phoenixes, the "G Bros", Jacob and Matt. Their passion for play give hope to a new generation of players and to the sport as a whole. For Rookie of the Year, Matt Gauthier gets the nod. As another recent phenom from the U, Matt dominated the inaugural Collegiate Freestyle Championships at the US Open in 1997. His sterling performance helped define a perfect "10" for the category. He topped this off with a splendid performance during the Indian Summer Tournament in his old back yard. Add his name to the list of champions..."
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