Last month, BRP launched a search to find the Ultimate Mudder — someone who eats, sleeps and breathes mudding on their Can-Am off-road vehicle. We received an incredible number of entries from talented, passionate riders across North America.
John Ferranti, of La Porte, Texas was chosen as the Ultimate Mudder and will appear in his own online video series. Can-Am recently caught up with John for a quick Q&A session before he heads to Highlifter Mud Nationals in Jacksonville, Texas next week.
Here’s what John had to say.
Q: John, tell us how you got your start riding?
A: I grew up in Southern California, and I got my first ATV, a three-wheeler, in 1980 when I was five years old. I grew up with my dad, he built sand rails, and he took us out to the beach or to ride in the desert.
When I was 10 or 12, I progressed into riding 2-wheelers. My grandfather used to take me around SoCal to ride my dirt bike. We moved to Texas in ‘89, and it was like moving to the Wild West. You could ride wherever you wanted. In high school, I met a friend that raced motocross, and with my experience riding all my life, I started riding motocross all over Texas. I just did it for fun, to see the great state ofTexas.
In 2006, I sold my dirt bike, with the intention of buying a 4-wheeler. A guy at the dealer told me about Can-Am, and at that point I was sold. My first 4-wheeler was a 2007 Can-Am Outlander™ 650 XT™. I sold my wife on it by saying “I just need this to go hunting.”
Q: How did you advance over into mudding from that point?
A: We have this mudding place over here in Texas called Crosby, it’s right on the San Jacinto River, and I’ve been driving by this place ever since I moved here. I had always wanted to ride it. I told my wife the whole concept of the ATV was for hunting, but the first day I got my ATV, I was out in Crosby, playing in the mud. I got some friends involved and we started doing the mudding thing. Then, I had some friends that were in the racing deal, and I was completely hooked after that.
Q: You won the Pro B division at Mud Nationals last year. Describe what that was like.
A: I hadn’t even worked on my equipment in the off season. I just tossed it on the trailer, and went out there to have a good time, and came home with a big trophy and lot of money. It was really kind of surreal. I had never won a race that big before. I did well in the ATV East Coast Mud Nationals, but at Highlifter Mud Nationals, they guessed there were 14 or 15 thousand people there, it was really pretty exciting.
Q: Are you excited or nervous to defend your crown this year?
A: The pressure’s on now. The pressure’s really on now. Given the circumstances, I still have a lot of work to do on my equipment before I even get there.
Q: Thanks John. Now we’ll move onto the Lightning Round! Who’s your favorite musical artist?
Q: Favorite movie?
A: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
Q: Favorite food?
A: Definitely homemade tacos.
Q: Favorite ATV brand?
A: That goes without saying, Can-Am. The ride says it all.