Matthew expressed that It is an honor and a blessing to be able to partake in what seems to be a family tradition of sorts of attending and participating at the Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles. On his last visit to the club, He learned that his uncle Allan Enderly is a proud member and now his father Robert Owens is also a member. Matthew’s story starts with an interesting origin that of being the son of an ex-special forces turned minister who took missionary work to the extremes he was accustomed to in the military. Whether smuggling bibles into Russia under the iron curtain or working with the underground church in China… This was the everyday of the world he came to know. By the time he was 18 he had already been to over 23 nations on every continent except Antarctica.
Since birth, Matthew was taught to run towards and overcome your fears. By the age of 12 he was Angel walking down the face of a 25 story building ahead of all the 40-50yr olds that had been with them in Sydney. SCUBA certified in middle school, learning in preparation for his solo flights in early high school, bungee jumping multiple times in multiple locations, and getting his first ski dive in all before the age of 16. Matthew’s life trajectory was ever increasingly leading him toward the next adventure on whatever continent it may have been on at the time. Trying to take full advantage of whatever the local region had to offer while on the road.
After playing and honing his football skills since birth Matthew found himself recognizing the fact in high school that if he did not go where the recruiters were he was not going to be seen. He moved from Reno Nevada to Tallahassee Florida after his junior year to try and see what else was out there. Through his time playing in Florida, he was asked to play on the Florida team during the prestigious California vs Florida game where his Florida team was victorious. Their 6A high school had over 21 Division 1 scholarships and he received an offer to play for Florida State University after taking several official visit trips to such schools such as Nebraska, Louisville, University of Kentucky, Colorado... as well as requests by several other schools.
Though Matthew took the official offer it was short lived and he found himself in Laguna playing for Saddleback College while taking care of his grandfather and stumbling into his new life which started in their film school. After finishing his associates he was accepted and planning to attend Chapman University when life again brought him to Reno where he received an offer he couldn’t refuse and finished his business degree and launched his production company back in 2011 at the University of Nevada, Reno.
This is where Matthew’s real story begins as a two-sided coin between being a Freeride and Alpine Race Ski traveling coach and a film producer in recovery. Matthew will be going into explaining the world of the x-Games competitions and training with some of the highest performing athletes in the industry and why the average age of these athletes has dropped up to 4 years down to the 12-13-14 ranges for these top quality national representative competing athletes. He will go into the types of training and the whole behind the scenes experience of the top coaches and the ex-US ski team athletes who are now molding the next generations. As well as where the industry is going. As a former downhill bike marshal for his series in the Tahoe region in the offseason, there will no doubt be some pepper about that world and how mountain biking is changing with its huge growth pattern over the last several years.
As a film producer, Matthew finds himself veering away from these industries in a conclusion of this past season and he is inclined to talk about the motivations that led him to be this way and how he aspires to encourage the next generations of adventurers to get to experience much of the same according to their own destinations.