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Matt Beals

April 28, 2015 1 Comment

2014 CrossFit Games Masters 7th Fittest in the World/Outrigger Canoe Paddleboard World Champ/Fighter Pilot

Passions: CrossFit & Outrigger Canoe Paddling

Philosophy "The pain won't last forever, but the memory will."

There's a reason Matt Beals is known throughout the CrossFit world as "Captain America." First, he looks like a super hero. And he is an all American hero. Matt is a Hawaii Air National Guard fighter pilot and world champion outrigger canoe paddler. 

Matt teamed up with his good friend and Paralympian/Wheelchair athlete John Maclean to set a two-man canoe paddling world record in the 2010 OC-2 Molokai crossing. That's when he got turned on to CrossFit. Inspired by his Grandfather, WWII vet and part of the Greatest Generation, Matt explains his need to find a new athletic challenge with a quote. "Without a battle at hand a true warrior would surely die; therefore he must forever find a new war to wage." "That's how I found CrossFit, and how I will find the next challenge." He just placed 22nd in the Masters Qualifier Regionals for the 2015 CrossFit Games, after winning his division in the Worldwide Open NorCal Region for the 3rd year in a row.


What inspires you to keep pushing yourself? 

John Maclean said during his first attempt at the IronMan Triathlon "the pain won't last forever, but the memory will". This is a quote that inspires me when I have to dig deep.

What's your favorite way to spend an active rest day?

GET IN THE OCEAN...Swim, paddle, SUP, surf!!  

What superpower would you want?

Superpower is of course to FLY (I am a pilot...)   


  • 1st- 2016, 2015, 2014, & 2013 CrossFit Worldwide Open NorCal Region (Masters 45-49)
  • 7th- 2014 CrossFit Games (Masters 45-49)
  • 10th- 2013 CrossFit Games (Masters 45-49)
  • 1st- Outrigger Canoe Paddling Hawaii State Championship (2001,2006, 2007, 2009)
  • Member of 2nd place team for Collegiate Rugby National Championships at US Air Force Academy 3 years in a row
  • Selected All-American in 1988

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April 29, 2015


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