Andrew Mattison

Professional Competitor Bio

Location: Pigeon Forge, TN
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: February 25, 1987
Occupation: Lumberjack Show Manager/Athlete/Entertainer

How did you get involved in lumberjack sports?
I was a part of SUNY-ESF’s woodsmen team in college.  Swung an axe freshman year and I have been addicted ever since.

When did you begin participating/competing in lumberjack sports and the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series?
In 2005, I began competing on the collegiate level. That following summer I began local and regional competitions.  I was lucky to have the opportunity to begin my professional career in the 2007 STS Speed Climb, always with aspirations of becoming a competitor in the STS for both chopping, sawing, and speed climbing.

How long have you been competing in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series? Other lumberjack competitions? 
Overall, I have been competing in TIMBERSPORTS for about six years consistently.  I have been in the 2007 and 2010 STS speed climb.

How do you train for the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series and other lumberjack competitions?
By working at The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, I am able to chop, saw and tree climb as much as I aspire to.  I chop about anywhere from 3 to 15 blocks a day as well as climb 440 vertical feet each day.

Are you related to any current or former STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitors?

Best/strongest STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series discipline:
The standing block chop is my best event in all of my competitions.

I enjoy all outdoor activities from hiking, to skiing, from fishing to wilderness camping.  Photography is a big passion as well as a great evening with friends. Hey, if you work hard, you should play hard, right?

Any advice for the collegiate competitors?
Stick with it. Some good advice I received when I started out in college from one of the best axeman in the world; “Every swing should be a conscious effort to improve yourself.”  This has been one of the most important things I could ever remember and it has helped me grow as a TIMBERSPORTS competitor.  It has not only improved my events, but applying it to life has helped me improve as a person.  Practice correctly as much as you can. It's frustrating but NEVER stop, and you will improve I guarantee it.

What pro athlete/celebrity would you like to see try one of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series disciplines?
Something cool I would like to see is a switch up really, the PBR stars switch with some of the TIMBERSPORTS stars. I think it would be great publicity for both athletes and really see who has the stars to do both.

Name three songs on your training/working out playlist?
Flyleaf “I’m so sick;” Godsmack “Voodoo;” and for single buck always Jason Aldean “Amarillo sky”

Favorite TV Show:
It’s a toss up between Family Guy and the ESPN STIHL® series. I watch both on repeat every day.

Favorite Sports Team:
GIANTS all the way baby!!

Proudest moment in your life so far:
Competing against Rob Waibel and taking the 2009 Ironjack Endurance World Championship, it was an honor and a painful privilege.

Anything else you’d like to share?
Never let your frustration get the best of you. Always strive to be better. Watch video. Eat, breathe and dream TIMBERSPORTS, it will never let you down in the end.  Good luck to all of the competitors worldwide. I look forward to hopefully meeting you at the World Championships someday.