The 2023 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade – Up Close!

If you want to see the 2023 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade up close and personal, check out this short video shot from some of the best seats in town!


Highlight Video of Matthew Thomas’ 2023 Catalina to Newport Hydrobike Ride!

Check out this short video of my recent 9 hour hydrobike pedal from Catalina Island to Newport Beach, California. If you were at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club that day, you are probably in the video somewhere!


Short Re-Cap Video of the 1st Annual Matthew Thomas Charity Golf Tournament!

Got 3 minutes? Relive the fun & festivities of the 1st Annual Matthew Thomas Charity Golf Tournament, held on February 17, 2023 at the Newport Beach Golf Club. If you were there, you are probably in this video. The next tournament is planned for March 2024! Visit this website often between now and then for updates and details.



Watch Matt’s 2023 Catalina to Newport Hydrobike Ride Segment on ABC Channel 7 News!

In case you missed it when it aired, here is the profile produced by ABC Channel 7’s Tony Cabrera on Matt’s recent Catalina to Newport Beach hydrobike pedal! Click the link below to watch:

Newport Beach man overcomes odds, uses ocean hydro-bike ride to inspire, raise awareness about traumatic brain injuries – ABC7 Los Angeles



“Putting Ability in Disability” Screening at the 24th Annual 2023 Newport Beach Film Festival!

HUGE News! The 30 minute short documentary film “Putting Ability in Disability”, which documents Matt Thomas’ epic 2022 hydrobike pedal from Catalina to Newport Beach, has been accepted and will be screened at the 24th Annual 2023 Newport Beach Film Festival.

This is a very big deal. The NBFF is a world-class film festival with over 3000 entries from all over the globe. Only 300 films make the cut and are screened. (There were over 200 entries in the short documentary category alone.) The festival runs from October 12-19th, 2023. Screening time(s) to be announced soon.

In the meantime, watch the official trailer for “Putting Ability in Disability” above.

Learn more about the festival here: Homepage 2022 | Newport Beach Film Festival


Last year was about endurance; this time it’s about speed

Get your portable chairs, sunscreen and banners ready, because Matt Thomas is pedaling on his trusty hydrobike from Catalina to Newport Beach AGAIN – on Saturday, September 16th, 2023. Last year, he was out on the water for over 10 hours fighting heavy wind and surf. This year, weather permitting, he is shooting to complete the crossing in only 7 hours!

Matt is leaving Avalon, Catalina at about 7:30am Saturday morning and plans to arrive at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Newport Beach between 3:00-4:00pm.

Plan on more people, more fun, more chase boats and a bigger after-party at the Bahia Corinthian – all hosted by radio legend Jim “Poorman” Trenton. Tune in to the Poorman’s Morning Rush on KOCI 101.5 FM (Or via the internet) from 7-11am, M-F for the latest news and details.

Talking with The Poorman

Matt and radio legend Jim “Poorman” Trenton of KOCI FM discuss his upcoming world record hydrobike ride attempt.

Epic Hydrobike Ride from Catalina to Newport!

“Putting Ability in Disability” is a new documentary coming soon about Matt’s EPIC hydrobike ride from Catalina to Newport Beach. Check out the trailer below. The film is being entered in the 2023 Newport Beach Film Festival, so it’s not yet available for general release. Check frequently for more information and listen to the Poorman’s Morning Rush on KOCI 101.5 FM for updates!