Team Canada’s Matt Berger got sponsored when he was 10 years old, after sending a 2-minute sponsor-me video to Sole Technology. Watching the footage now, Berger seems like a munchkin wunderkind: with his ability, it was obvious that he would go far. Over the course of his career, he became one of the most progressive skaters ever. Hell, legend has it that he even flipped out of his mother’s womb. But what would a kid from remote Kamloops, British Columbia (population: 90,000) have to do to really break into skateboarding?
In the latest episode of Monster Energy’s ‘Aspire-Inspire’ series (above), you’ll learn about The Kamloops Kid’s journey to greatness. (Rodney Mullen actually called his house after watching his sponsor-me tape, and put him on Almost where he stayed for eight years.) If you’re wondering, “How the hell does this Kamloops kid keep attracting attention?” just watch his Recruit (below).
Berger turned pro for Flip in 2015, and went on a gnarly filming/touring spree for the next few years. His work ethic took a monstrous toll on his body, leading eventually to a radical surgery procedure. Left with basically no cartilage to speak of in his knee, Berger elected to have cadaver cartilage injected. Berger let us into his world as he rehabbed his knee, giving us a glimpse into how he coped with being out of the game. Watch those “Medical Leave Of Absence” episodes, and a handful of his other projects at the Berrics, below.