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Beginner’s Guides

At Matador, you’ll find many different beginner’s guides designed to instruct and get you into something new, whether it’s deep-sea diving, sport climbing, fly fishing, or another activity you’re ready to take on.

Within our travel community, we have people who teach surfing and paddling for a living, as well as hundreds who are dedicated cyclists, snowboarders, marathoners, and more.

Based on their experience and input, our guides for beginners can help you take your first step towards something that might become a lifelong pursuit.

Beginner’s Guides Articles
3

13 essential first experiences in nature

by David Miller

How to be a bull rider at the Calgary Stampede

by Robin Esrock
10

What gear do I need to start: Hiking

by Kyle Ellison
1

Bird is a verb

by Jim Burns
2

Getting started in sports photography

by Lindi Horton
6

How to swim the English Channel

by Morgan deBoer
6

How to choose your first mountain bike

by Lindi Horton
8

10 things to know before becoming a sumo wrestler

by Pele Omori
15

How to get started sandboarding

by Harriet Potter
7

How to get started mountaineering

by David DeFranza
6

How to rehab an old sailboat

by Misty Tosh
14

So you want to get sponsored? 6 key factors for young athletes

by Shon Bollock
9

How to get started long-distance running

by Frank Johnson
7

How to get started kiteboarding

by Rick Harbison
2

11 outdoor adventures to try in 2009

by David Miller
1

Free your heel, free your mind: A first-timer’s guide to telemark skiing

by N. Chrystine Olson

A first timer’s guide to backcountry skiing and snowboarding

by Dana Ranill
3

8 simple steps for getting into whitewater paddling

by David Miller
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