The guy who looks like he’s having the most fun? That would be Rav. Like many before him, his upbringing on east coast ice meant that Mike became a master of board control out of pure necessity. But rather than apply those skills to standard trickery, he takes an approach to all terrain that’s truly one-of-a-kind. In various videos and online edits, he’s purposely blurring the line between technical skill and letting loose. In the process he’s made a smooth transition from amateur prospect to up-and-coming pro.
WHAT BOOT DO YOU RIDE?
Hi-Standard in black
WHAT IS YOU FAVORITE VANS SHOE?
Sk8-Hi in black
WHAT’S YOUR SET UP?
Vans Boots, Capita Board, Vans/Union Collab bindings and Volcom Clothing.
WHAT’S THE BEST TRIP YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?
A recent van tour hitting resorts from New Jersey to New Hampshire. Reality starts to change when you're in a van for two weeks. Good times.
WHAT’S THE BEST STORY YOU'VE EVER HEARD?
The Little engine that could.
FAVORITE VANS RIDER?
I mean...everyone. The team is amazing. Lately I've been really inspired by Wolfgang Nyvelt. I think he's got a really good outlook on snowboarding and he’s extremely talented. Jamie Lynn... enough said. I've also recently gone on a trip with Danimals, Stax, Darrell and Pat Moore. Much respect for those guys.
WHAT TRICK CAN’T YOU DO THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD?
I'm a pretty firm believer that anything’s possible with the right time spent, so a trick that I haven't put much energy into yet would be frontside inverts. Definitely plan on trying that one soon.
WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO YOU?
Pour a bowl of cereal... realize there's no milk.
WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTS/HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SNOWBOARDING?
Skateboarding, surfing, drawing, planting flowers, music, thinking, maybe read something.
LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ?
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac