A humble, smooth-cruisin’ individual with a sharp eye for unconventional spots, Matt Coughlin, perhaps better known as Turdlord, whiplashed some necks in December with the release of his “OFFER hope” video part. Matt landed on our radar a few years back and logged a Fresh Meat in the mag but it’s exciting to see his riding showcased in one place like this. From what I can glean, Matt let’s his boarding to most of the talkin’, and that stick’s making him plenty of noise. Read on for a bit of insight into his latest part and what keeps Matt ticking.
Interview by Mike Goodwin
All right. Let’s start with some basics. Where you from and where you currently living?
From Windham, Maine and currently living in Central 9th, Salt Lake City.
Most folks out there on the Internet might know you as “Turdlord”? How did you land such a flattering nickname?
It just started as an Instagram name years ago. I originally wanted Shit Prince or Crap King or something like that. Then when I started trying to get into the snowboard shit more it was a good way to be remembered instead of just another name I guess.
Ever met someone who sleepwalks or gets drunk and shits in random places? We had one of those once - a real liability.
Nah, but I’ve met a few people who sleepwalk and think they are in a bathroom and pee on random stuff.
Got any other aliases?
Neckman, when I had the neck brace.
You’ve got a pro model out with Nightmare. How does that feel?
I’m very thankful for it because it only happens for a few to have your own board. Check'em at www.ridethenightmare.com
Given the board specs, I assume you are a fan of flat camber. What do you like about it?
I love flat camber. It just makes sense to me and it’s great for monster trucking.
What board were you riding in your part?
I was riding the old flat board we had called the Mall Rat and the Success/Excess, my new board and few others from the line.
Did you break as many boards as people seem to think?
No, I haven’t actually broken any boards while filming for OFFER hope. The Nightmare boards are really strong, plus I’m pretty light on my feet so I’m sure that helps too.
How would you describe the Nightmare ethos?
We are all friends - that is the huge thing. You can’t just be good at snowboarding to get on, you have to know everyone and be down to hang. It’s always a group agreement when someone new comes aboard. I like it because in other situations you could ride for a company and never meet the owner or even everyone on the team.
What’s something in the boarding mainstream that’s driving you nuts?
I guess if anything it would be how everyone is trying to be a swag lord, but nothing really bothers me too much.
Ok, this part was a long time in the making. How long have you been working on it?
It took me two seasons to film. I just knew if I was patient that I would create something more meaningful.
You were involved in a bicycle accident recently, is that correct? Can you tell us what happened exactly?
Yeah. It happened in September after leaving work one night. A car turned left and drove the wrong way down a turning lane and hit me head on. It broke my neck and nose.
How long were you injured/out for? Where did this fall in the making of this part?
I was in a neck brace for 4 months. My part was already done - I was editing the movie at that point.
How's life changed since then? Was it a perspective-changing event? Is snowboarding different in any way now, physically, mentally or otherwise?
Life’s getting back to normal now. It wasn’t perspective-changing for me; it was more stressful than anything, like I was hit by an uninsured driver. Now I’m feeling good on the board. I just missed out on the Bonezone at Brighton and that’s where I usually get ready for the season. I’m just putting it all behind me and am going to keep moving forward.
There are so many spots in here that looked like they’d just impale you with any miscalculation. Any close calls? Or direct hits?
No, I don’t let the thought of that ever happening get in my head when I’m at a spot like that.
Watch his Full Part from OFFER Hope here:
You’ve got such a unique eye for spots. It’s a big aspect of this video part and part of what makes it so good. What’s the key to keeping footage from the street interesting?
There’s a lot that’s been overdone, without a doubt. The best way to do that is finding your own spots and trying to hit things that people wouldn’t think to or would say you couldn’t hit.
Down with night spots? Or too much hassle, best to be avoided?
I like night spots with camera light. Or if a spot I really want to hit is too high bust in the daytime I’ll go on Christmas or New Year’s day.
The ender is absolutely fucked. What was your thought process as you stood atop the drop-in? Did you have any existential, what-the-fuck-am-I-doing-type moments?
I saw it one day when we were there and just instantly knew I wanted to hit it. So we went back the next day. Everyone was really quiet and didn’t say much during the whole process. I never had any doubts about it because when you allow that stuff to get in your head, that’s when you get hurt. If you think you’re going to get closed out, you probably are going to get closed out. I remember probably four hours in I was thinking to myself, “I’m so tired I might have to come back tomorrow.” Then that next drop it just worked. After that we went straight to the liquor store and Kyle bought 100 beers.
Kind of a standard one here, but still want to know: what inspired the movie title, OFFER hope?
It started as a hat I found at a thrift store but then it started to gain meaning among us. Mainly it was just to “OFFER hope” that you can make something different.
The North American snowboard community at large pokes plenty of jokes at Colorado’s expense. I am certain you have heard some of that. What do you think about it? Is the criticism deserved, or are people not seeing the real thing?
I have no beef with Colorado. I can have fun where ever I go. I think people just like to hate on people that are not like them.
What’s a part or video you were really hyped on this year? Why?
I really liked Desiree Melacon’s video Fait Accompli. I think Desiree and Marc O’Malley did a really good job. ZZZ, the Postland video, was cool, too. Honestly, there were a bunch I liked.
Ok last one: why do you snowboard?
It’s fun. There’s nothing better than traveling with your friends and getting that clip high.
ThirtyTwo, Nightmare, everyone who helped make my part happen, Joe Suta, Brian Cook, Mike Goodwin.