Matt Rode

Matt Rode

Matt Rode has been traveling nearly full-time for the past 15 years, basing himself in half a dozen countries and visiting over 60. As an adventure/travel journalist and athlete, he has trekked the Andes, free dived Micronesia, camped in millennia-old Cambodian temples, solo-backcountry snowboarded chest-deep powder, broken a dozen bones mountain biking and boarding, completed an Ironman-distance triathlon, surfed all over the world, and featured on the cover of multiple magazines. He contributes to most of the world’s leading surf publications, and serves as senior writer for Magicseaweed.com, the world’s second largest surf website. When not searching out and chronicling adventures, Matt can be found practicing yoga, visiting family, and writing and editing for hundreds of publishers, authors, businesspeople, and blogs.

Surfing Punta Lobos Challenge It has been a slow start to the South Pacific season. After the El Nino of all El Ninos lit up the North Pacific all winter, a week without an XXL swell—let alone a month—just seems sort of wrong. But downtime between swells is a good…
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Big wave awards
Big Waves & Bigger Laughs at XXL Surfing’s Big Night Every year in late April, just as the North Pacific is going to sleep and the southern hemisphere is starting to kick into gear, big wave surfing’s biggest names gather at The Grove in Anaheim for a decidedly informal night…
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