Max Jenke Interview


By The Lone Wolf

Captions by The Wild Cats

It’s weird how many people you meet in your lifetime and how many are just passersby and how few become solid friends. Over the last five years, from the days of being under the wing of Rob Dow, riding for Team Buttox and Option, dedicated to making our Junior Canadian National Halfpipe Team, Max is one of the few I have become a great friend with.

It’s surprising he has anytime for snowboarding when you realize the amount of time he spends thinking and talking about girls, but somehow he manages to stay in touch with all his sponsors. He even traveled to Poland to train in the halfpipe. He’s not only a strong pipe rider, but is also one of Canada’s premier freestylers. He’s also a huge contributing factor in the fun and welfare of the Wildcats, a crew from Canada who like to travel the world having as much fun as possible. In our travels we have messed with Max and he always comes back for more, ’cause he’s not easily discouraged and realizes there’s no harm in a little good fun.

He has started out this year so solid by appearing on the cover of the first issue of TransWorld and inside almost all the other issues of the top magazines in the world. He has also worked on filming two video parts, one in the recently released Iris snow video, Lil’ Bastards, and in the Canadian-based film Momentum. Max is a strong believer in his friends and by surrounding himself with a lot of positive people he’s built a great crew to hang with who have a really positive outlook on working hard in snowboarding and always having fun. From all I’ve seen from Max I can tell he has a very bright future. Good work, Max. Wildcats out. Peace.¿Devun Walsh

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C, on the westside in Kitsalano. I’m fortunate to have been brought up in such a dope location; there’s no place in the world as good as Vancouver. It’s a small city, it’s on the ocean, the mountains are twenty minutes away, and it’s beautiful¿what more could you want? And it’s safe, you’re not gonna get jacked or anything like that.

Are you filled with national pride?

I guess so. I’m super stoked on where I live and what I can access. I have all of the interior mountains a couple-hours drive away, Baker and Hood just below the border, Calgary¿a dope place to party¿a day away, and then the world from the airport. I think to get national pride I’d have to drive across Canada and be stoked on everything. I haven’t even been east of Alberta, so I can’t really say. Oh yeah, you can drink when you’re nineteen, much better than the legal U.S. age of 21.

Who are the RCMP?

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police? They’re just cops who take care of areas that don’t have a local police department. Like Vancouver has its own police, but a place like Whistler has the RCMP. They’re real cops, though¿its not like they’re on horseback anymore.

Have you called them on anyone?

No.

Has anyone ever called them on your Wildcat friends?

Yep. In each case, though, it probably wasn’t even us. If it was, we weren’t really doing anything bad, sometimes people just misinterpret what we call fun as something else.

Who are the Wildcats?

I can’t remember everyone who’s in it, but most of the WC are team captain Walsh, Dionne Delesalle, J.F. Pelchat, Browner, Ol’ Dirty Cashen, Rob Dow, Kenta, Dirty Pete, Rookie, Dave Boyce, and myself. It’s the majority of the Iris team featured in Lil’ Bastards, plus a few others I know I’m forgetting, sorry. Other gangs have nothing on us ’cause we’ve got our own trick. Wildcats “flip mad shit” so if you cross us, we’re gonna “cat ya”!

Do Wildcats hunt in packs like wolves?

I don’t know. In New Zealand, we were definitely in a pack¿riding, eating, and drinking. At home, I guess it’s the same except we don’t usually hit it in a huge posse. When we do though, it’s definitely trouble!

Is any one known as the “Den Mother”?

No, but if there were, I think it would be Devun. He always leads the group of pirates to some fun times, even though he passes out sometimes. The only other dope nicknames I can think of are Jake “The Bottle” Mackintyre.

Do your parents love you?

Yup. They’ve supported me in everything I’ve done and I’m confident they’ll continue to do so. My mom is determined to make sure I get my degree, so I think if I keep going to school, she won’t give me slack about anything. Besides, I’m the perfect son any parent would love to have.

So you’re in school?

I go to university right now, at the University of British Columbia. I take some courses on campus and during the winter I take one or two by correspondence. It’s dope because it keeps my mind working and I’ll have something solid to fall back on after I’m done snowboarding. It’s hard to get motivated sometimes, but with friends like Dionne and Matt going to school, as well as the support of my sponsors and family, I’m glad I have the opportunity to do what I love and go to school.

Have you ever punched a friend out of love?

No, I’ve never punched a friend, not out of love or anything. I’ve been pissed when some talk shit to get a girl, but what can you do. They need to make you look bad so they look better. In the end, you have to remember it’s just a girl.

Pro snowboarders get “mad booty,” true or false? Would you get mad booty if you worked at McDonald’s?

I’d say false ’cause I don’t think pros get mad booty. Maybe some because of their status, but I think mostly you just have to have your game on point to entice the ladies. Just kidding! All the girls I’ve met don’t care about snowboarding, so being somewhat of an athlete doesn’t do much, for me anyway. I have more “ins” by going to school than I’ll ever have with shredding. And I don’t think you would get mad booty if you worked at McDonald’s.

Is grooming the real key to getting mad booty?

I think looking presentable and not being a dirt is one sure way. But I think the key is to have insane gear and a killer personality.

How many hours of week do you spend on personal hygiene?

I don’t know. I think about twenty minutes in the morning for a shower and stuff, and then five minutes if I’m going out. So, 175 minutes a week.

Who are your sponsors?

Random, Dub, Iris, Northwave, Drake, Drop, Freestyle watches, and the Boardroom.

Do you feel you do a good job for them?

I think I try my best to promote them and give them a good image. I’m pushing Random hard right now because I’m stoked on what they’re about¿not that I’m not stoked on the rest of my sponsors, but they’re already established in the industry. They Random don’t have the backing the other board companies have, but they have the love, and that’s what I respect the most. J. Bizz, Eddy, and J. Dubs slave away in the office every day so they can make a product they’re proud of. They’re like a family now and everyone basically contributes to making Random work¿props to Kenta and Randy¿since it’s one of the last rider-owned and -operated companies in snowboarding. I also think it’s pretty dope that on any given day, you can call and get either the vice president of sales, promotions, or production on the phone.

Why didn’t you want this interview?

It’s not that I didn’t want this interview, it’s just I didn’t think I was ready for one. I have high expectations of where I want my riding to be and I still have a long way to go to achieve it.

What else do you have to say?

Much love to J.B.¿Johnny Utah¿and Ed at Random, Dev and Jack at Iris, Dougie Fresh at Dub, George da Wrestla at Northwave, Andy at Drop, and Pear at the Boardroom. And to my family, Peter, Calee, Mayne, and Myra¿who have been my biggest sponsors!

Mad props to the Wildcats, Scott Serfas, Derek Kettela, Kenta Goto, Matt “The DJ”, Brian Botts, Dr. Ross, the DPM, Z. Munji, and anyone who I’ve somehow forgot or who have helped me get where I am today. Peace.

to say?

Much love to J.B.¿Johnny Utah¿and Ed at Random, Dev and Jack at Iris, Dougie Fresh at Dub, George da Wrestla at Northwave, Andy at Drop, and Pear at the Boardroom. And to my family, Peter, Calee, Mayne, and Myra¿who have been my biggest sponsors!

Mad props to the Wildcats, Scott Serfas, Derek Kettela, Kenta Goto, Matt “The DJ”, Brian Botts, Dr. Ross, the DPM, Z. Munji, and anyone who I’ve somehow forgot or who have helped me get where I am today. Peace.