MEET THE COACHES

SKATEBOARDING FOR FUN

Coach Mat

COACH

MAT CHIGWIDDEN

MAT CHIGWIDDEN IS THE PROUD AND PASSIONATE OWNER AND OPERATOR OF CHIGGY’S SKATEBOARDING. HE IS A PROFESSIONAL SKATEBOARD COACH AND HAS BEEN OPERATING CHIGGY’S SKATEBOARDING SINCE 2013

“I started skateboarding in 1999. My family and I grew up on the Central Coast in New South Wales and I began to skate at the local park The Entrance. We moved to Coolum on the Sunshine Coast in 2003 and my parents built a house on the property about 10 minutes from my new local Coolum Skate Park. A couple of years later, I was lucky enough to score a 14ft vert ramp from Billabong, used for demos around Australia. Looking back, I am so grateful; it would be every young skateboarder’s dream to have that wooden masterpiece right in your own backyard. Skateboarding has been my biggest passion for as long as I can remember and I have been lucky enough to have travelled the country and overseas skateboarding for fun and competing with enormous support from my sponsors, fellow skaters, family, partner and friends. Skateboarding has given me the most awesome opportunities to meet the coolest people and have the best time just skateboarding together.”

Coach Gabi

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GABI CAVALCANTE

Hi I’m Gabi, I’m 22 years old and I love all kind of sports. I’m from Brazil and I have been skateboarding since I was a kid.

All this time I have been making so many friends from all over the world and having so many good times because of skateboarding and I’m grateful for everything that it has taught me throughout my life.

I like skating anything, flat ground, street, bowl, mini ramps.. as long as I’m having fun.

It is great how skateboarding can teach you so much about patience, resilience, confidence and it also gives you balance and strength. I love the feeling of landing a new trick and I also love to help people on reaching this feeling as well, it’s amazing!

Coach Hayden

COACH

HAYDEN HOWSE

Hey my name is Hayden Howse or Howsey.

My skateboarding journey started 20 years ago and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made!

Apart from being a healthy outlet for me, it has also given me everything I have, from lifelong friendships, endless memories and heaps of job opportunities.

Mat (Chiggy) and I grew up going on skate trips up and down the coast and those times for me were some of the best days of my life.

It’s an absolute privilege now as a skate couch to be able to give back and share that stoke of skateboarding with the next generation…. its honestly the best feeling in the world!

Coach Kaeydn

COACH

KAEYDN COLLINS

Hi my name is Kaedyn but you can call me Kaedo.

I’m 16 years old and have been skating since I was 10 years old, when dad bought me my first skateboard.

The best thing about skating to me is the community.  No matter what level of skateboarding you are at, whether you are advanced or just learning, everyone treats you with the same respect.  I have made so many friends travelling Australia who are young and old.

I recently competed in Rumble on the Reef in Mackay 2021, for Nationals, where I placed 2nd place in the under 16s. I am also a part of the Skate Australia Skateboarding High Performance Pathways Program and one of my goals is to head to the Olympics to represent Australia.

I hope to share my experience and knowledge in skateboarding to bring the stoke to everyone!

Caoch Kai

COACH

KAI TOLHURST

Hi my name is Kai, but most call me Kaiser.

Dad introduced me to skateboarding before I could even walk or talk and since then it has been the centre-point of my life.

My favourite thing about skating is how great the community is, and that no matter where I have been throughout Australia or overseas I have instantly found friends I can connect with and share the love of skateboarding.

One of the best feelings in the world is persisting at a new trick, sometimes for weeks, to finally have your hard work pay off and feel yourself rolling away, that never gets old. Better still is having a bunch of friends around to share the hype, and even better than that, is watching your friends experience that same feeling.

I hope to share the whole experience that is skateboarding with everyone, because it’s been the greatest source of enjoyment in my life since day one. And I want more people to feel that!

Coach Nelson

COACH

NELSON MARKETO

Hey my name is Nelson Marketo, but you guys can call me Nelo!

I’ve been skating on and off for the past 14 years and was originally introduced to skateboarding by Chiggy when I was a grommet.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel to different parts of the world on skateboarding adventures and have met plenty of legends from different countries along the way.

I love being active and have always been involved in team sports whether I was playing or coaching. But I would say the skateboarding culture is the coolest and most inclusive by far. No matter your age, gender, shape, colour or skill level. If you’re truly a skateboarder you know it’s all about encouraging each other and having a good time!

I’m super keen to be apart of the Chiggy’s Skateboarding family. Looking forward to sharing my 14 years of knowledge with the younger generation and letting the good times roll!

Coach Vince

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VINCE YOUNG

I first started skateboarding 20 odd years ago.

After seeing a family friend riding a skateboard I begged my mum for one for my birthday!

After a few days at the local skatepark, I began to meet new kids that have gone on to become life-long friends. We have spent decades skateboarding, learning life and making great memories together.

That’s what’s so special about skateboarding. It’s not just that it’s the most fun thing to do any day of the week, it’s the community that comes with it. The support, the love and the care everybody within skateboarding shows towards each other regardless of age, ability, gender or race it’s all good vibes.

I’ve spent the past decade coaching surfing and now feel so excited to be a part of the Chiggys Skateboarding team to share my passion for skateboarding with you all!

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