Vanilla Ice Was The Sixth-Fastest Jet Skier In The World
From 1994 onward, the rap game didn't really pan out for poor Robert Matthew Van Winkle (yup), but he did manage to translate his flow into something he was better suited to, like becoming one of the fastest people on water.
"Water Water Baby"
For a brief period in the '90s, when the royalty checks for "Ice Ice Baby" started slowing down, Vanilla Ice turned to competitive jet ski racing as an outlet. This might seem a strange sideline for a milquetoast MC, but Vanilla was born in Miami, home of jet skis and meth-addled alligators. With the blood of a Florida man, he was able to climb the slippery, slightly douchey ladder of professional jet ski racing at an astonishing rate, becoming at one point the sixth-best jet ski racer in the world -- which even got him a sponsorship deal with Kawasaki.
The Watercraft Journal
"They dropped the zeros and got with the hero."
This wasn't the first brush that Vanilla had with the racing world. It seems that going fast was more Van Winkle's bag than rapping ever was. At a young age, he was pretty amazing at motorbike racing, which he claimed earned him over a hundred trophies (it didn't). It did lead him to win three Grand National Championship trophies and a fourth place at the 1985 Florida Winter National Olympics, though, which is more than impressive enough for a guy who named himself after his favorite ice cream flavor. Since his glory days as a boy racer, Vanilla has gone fast in just about everything, from cars to bikes to jet skis to beds. Indeed, Van Winkle was able to translate his speedster success into becoming the Grand Master of Coconut Grove during their annual Bed Race.