Matt's heaven is a halfpipe

IF Rip Curl sign an athlete up for sponsorship when he’s only 10 years old, it’s a fair bit that the boy has some serious potential.

Snowboarder Matthew Farley-Cox is one such athlete.

The Jetty High student has just returned from a three week training block in Colorado and is set to return to America in April in preparation for the Australian Interschool championships.

Having won all stages last year at regional, state and national level in Boarder X and Giant Slalom while representing Kororo Public, it’s a fair bet that this 12-year-old is going to do well again.

Well known at Coffs Harbour airport due to the number of flights he makes to Sydney on his way to Perisher, Farley-Cox’s constant air travel is all part of a plan to one day make it to the very top in his sport.

“To go to the Olympics in half pipe,” Farley-Cox said.

“I prefer freestlye, it’s much more fun.”

Considering he knows newly crowned halfpipe world champion Nate Johnstone and is no stranger to gold medallist Torah Bright, the exuberant snowboarder has no shortage of top class role models to learn from.

“Nate at the Rip Curl Pro and events like that gives me plenty of advice,” he said.

“Stuff like the speed to be going on the jumps, so he helps along pretty much.”

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