Yeah I know, it’s not surf. But shit, some people get so big that they transcend the sport, like Slater or Hawk. And it’s got Knoxville. In this episode of VBS Meets, Vice sits down with Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville and Mat Hoffman, the hero in their new documentary The Birth of Big Air and a latter-day Evel Knievel of BMX bikes.
Knoxville takes us to meet Mat Hoffman and explains how Mat approaches BMX riding with the reckless abandon of a man who’s both in love with his sport and completely indifferent to pain. More than any other figure in BMX riding and action sports history, Hoffman’s responsible for the the big air tricks, hence the title of the Spike Jonze/Jeff Tremaine/Johnny Knoxville new documentary about Mat, The Birth of Big Air, Despite breaking over 20 bones and getting his arm shattered to bits by a semi-truck, Mat continues to just go for it.