Mikkel Bang interview

Mikkel Bang

Mikkel Bang

Mikkel Bang. Photo: Oli Gagnon

Mikkel Bang

What are some snowboard films that resonate with you from before you were a pro snowboarder?

Vivid, by Absinthe. TB9 and TB10.

How did you hear about the film and how did you get involved to work on Resolution?

I got a phone call from Pat Bridges. He told me about the film and the riders involved in it and asked if I wanted to be a part of it, and of course I wanted to it.

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Mikkel. Photo: Mike Yoshida

How was your approach to filming for Resolution different from other projects you’ve worked on in the past?

It usually goes the same every winter but this year was different because I got to shred with riders I never usually get to ride with. That’s always a blast.

What were some of the highlights of your winter?

For sure going to Alaska with Jake Blauvelt, Mikey Rencz and Ben Ferguson, because I have always dreamed of riding more lines and I finally got to do it this winter. The mountains are impressive and beautiful up there. It’s just one of those places I want to snowboard.

What were some of the lowlights of your winter?

Nothing really, except the waiting game for snow and trying to figure out where to go. It can be a gamble, sometimes.

What was the craziest thing you saw in the streets or the backcountry while filming?

We did see some huge avalanches in BC in the early season this winter. You need to be safe out there.

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Mikkel. photo: Mike Yoshida

 

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Are you happy with the amount of footage that you’re sitting on?

Sure. It seems like I never get as many shots as I want but we found more pow this winter compared to last year.

Who was your main crew this winter?

Mikey Rencz and Jake Blauvelt.

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Who is the greatest Norwegian snowboarder of all-time?

Uncle T, Marius Otterstad and Haugo.

When was the last time you rode with Shaun White?

Some snow dome in Beijing, China in 2012, I think.

Rumor has it that you were the after hours MVP up in AK. Any crazy bar stories from up there?

Haha, well we did live right above the bar, so when we had a week of bad weather there was only one place to visit. I ended up playing guitar at Open Mic night. As soon as I started playing all the dudes showed up not knowing it was me up there. It was so fun that I wanted to go and do it again, so a couple beers later I went up and totally fucked up.

Describe Alaska in two sentences.

Alaska is one of the most beautiful places I have been to. Snowboarding in Alaska has so much to offer, from fun mini golf lines to scary big lines.

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Mikkel. AK. photo: Oli Gagnon

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Mikkel Bang. photo: Oli Gagnon

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Mikkel Bang. photo: Oli Gagnon

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Mikkel Bang. photo: Mike Yoshida

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Mikkel Bang. Whistler. photo: Mike Yoshida

What’s it like sledding and shredding with Mikey Rencz up in BC?

It’s the best. Mikey is a good friend to have out in the backcountry. Lots of laughs and good snowboarding. And of course, he knows BC better than most. It’s a honor to get to ride with him out there.

What’s your favorite snowboard movie of all-time?

I will never forget Robot Food´s Afterbang.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen at the old Hemsedal sessions?

Mads Jonsson’s frontside 360 over that huge jump. It was 45 meters 147 feet of flat before the knuckle.

Whose part are you most looking forward to seeing in Resolution and why?

Can I just say everybody? This crew is dope and I’m excited to see everything.

Ultimately, what did you want to get out of this video part?

Fun snowboarding.