Mike Ranquet may be too old for “the kids” to care about him, but in his day, he was the most badass, and therefore, Vice’s Powder And Rails does. In fact, they found Mike’s life and snowboard career so interesting the broke it into four parts. The first one dropped today and you should watch it because let’s face it, none of the actual snowboard media is doing in depth historical content like this. We’re all just a bunch of hacks.
Today VBS returns to the powder with punk legend snowboarder Mike Ranquet. VBS catches up with Mike in Chicago after post-hip replacement surgery at Northwestern. Mike’s hip (only age 39) had deteriorated so badly that the doctors were shocked he could walk through the door.
Ranquet gets to talking about everything from how he came up in the sport to why snowboard halfpipes sucked so much back in the day: apparently the midgets were to blame We also find out that Mike, in the early 90’s, had the most significant vert ramp in the Seattle area, coined “The Nature Ramp” due to it’s proximity to the woods and commune-like atmosphere. There, Mike leads a one-man crusade of skateboard snobbery against all whack, non-skate related moves in snowboarding. Ranquet’s old Seattle buddies chime in, saying that teenaged Mike was basically like Bobby Budnick from “Salute Your Shorts”–a relentless troublemaker.
Powder & Rails with Mike Ranquet airs this month every Thursday on VBS. Part two airs on 1/13, part three on 1/20 and the final part airs 1/27.