Powder & Rails Season 3 Returns with Mike Ranquet
Four part episode features the life and times of snowboarding first skate snob
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.