Matteo starts surfing in the summer of his seventh birthday. When Matteo turns 10, he starts surfing also during wintertime both in southern Sardinia and around the world. Soon he learns to surf with older surfers without getting in their way and he starts being noticed for its clean and aggressive style.
At 12 he participates in his first competition, the Nesos King of the Grom and wins.
A few months later, in Fregene he is crowned Italian Champion Under 12. The following year he wins the Under 14 Italian Championship.