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 property about 10 minutes from my new local Coolum Skate Park. A couple of year 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 skateboarders 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.

In 2013 I was offered an opportunity with Skateboarding Australia to run free community skate clinics at skate parks across the Sunshine Coast. Until then, I hadn’t really thought of myself as a teacher but like a duck to water, I embraced the ability to share my passion with the youth of the Coast. From there my drive to share skateboarding with people grew. What started out as a private lesson here and there, brought me to a place where I was able to give up my day job and take my passion of teaching skateboarding full time and to the next level. And so for me the saying is true, if you spend every day doing what you love, you’ll never spend a day of your life working. Watching kids have fun, learn new tricks, make new friends, gain confidence and have an awesome time skateboarding is what Chiggy’s Skateboarding is all about.

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