Jan and Max Moisanen at the Maryhill Freeride in spring of 2010. Photo: Dawn Moisanen
Jan first bombed hills in the pre-urethane, small town 60's. 45 years zipped by. Then as spectators, Jan took his son Max to Maryhill '08 and Max was clearly wowed by getting autographs (and a board) from the world's best racers.
The next year, at maryhill '09, Max and Jan were the youngest and oldest competitors. Applying the cornucopia of modern design choices to classic luge has Jan stoked. His third board is on the way. He's also eager to start building a streetuge and maybe someday, making a surprisingly good finish.
Final corner of time trials, MFOS 2010. Photo: Dawn Moisanen
20 Questions: Jan Moisanen
1. Q: What sports do you compete in?
A: Classic Luge
2. Q: How long have you been riding and racing?
A: Rode a few years in the mid 60's, then maybe a few weeks total before I sat on my classic luge at Maryhill '09
3. Q: What was your coolest moment in the sport?
A: I yanked the board into a panicked sideways drift with the wheels yelping and startled the bejesus out of the young corner worker who just about backed up over the edge
4. Q: What races do you plan to compete in this year?
A: Vernon, Maryhill and any others that have classic or streetluge
5. Q: What are your goals for the 2011 season?
A: Stay healthy, not get hurt, build a streetluge and not get in anyones way and ruin their race
6. Q: What is your favorite event?
A: Maryhill freeride (thanks Deano!)
7. Q: What kind of equipment did you use?
A: Homemade board, Randal trucks, seismic wheels
8. Q: Do you have any sponsors?
A: Not yet, but I'm hoping for AARP
9. Q: Who are your favorite racers?
A: Chris McBride, ALL the BC locals, Dan Gurney, Andy Lally
10. Q: Where do you live?
A: Stanwood, Wa
Jan on his first board. Photo: Dawn Moisanen
11. Q: When is your birthday?
A: June 29, 1949
12. Q: Are you married or do you have a girlfriend?
A: Married to Dawn my hun
13. Q: What’s your occupation?
A: City bus driver
14. Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Luging, skiing retro
15. Q: Do you have a Website, MySpace and/or facebook?
16. Q: Do you have any pets?
A: 1 dog and 2 cats
17. Q: What’s your favorite vacation spot?
A: Alta Lake, Maryhill
18. Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: smoked Salmon and single malt whiskey
19. Q: What’s your favorite music?
A: Psychedelic and 60's rock
20. Q: Do you have any heroes?
A: Not really
MFOS 2010, 2nd board's axel extension sag chews wheels. Photo: Dawn Moisanen