Matthew "Mateo" Hayne began his kayaking career in his teens when he attended a First Descent's kayaking camp. Since day one, he was hooked. In addition to his skills as a kayaker, Mateo moonlights as a mechanical engineering instructor at Colorado School of Mines. His ability to teach both on and off the water is unparalleled. He is also an avid athelete, having competed in the Leadville 100 several years in a row. In his spare time, Mateo enjoys whitewater kayaking and mountain biking.